Archive of October 12, 2018

American pastor released in Turkey after years in detention

Oct 12, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- A Turkish court has released Pastor Andrew Brunson after two years’ detention, leaving him free to return to the United States. The court declared him free to leave on Oct. 12.

U.S. bishops hope Wuerl’s resignation is a step toward healing

Oct 12, 2018 - 04:30 pm .- Several U.S. bishops responding to the official resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. expressed hope Friday that the decision would bring healing for survivors of clerical abuse.

A synod summary from the Polish synod fathers – Oct 12

Oct 12, 2018 - 03:45 pm .- “It is necessary to write a new document, based on the Instrumentum Laboris,”  said the President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, summing up this day of the Synod’s work in discussion groups.

Eastern European bishops want a focus on Eucharist, fatherhood in Youth Synod

Oct 12, 2018 - 03:04 pm .- Two Eastern European bishops asked the Synod of Bishops in Rome for a greater focus on the importance of the Eucharist, the liturgy and fatherhood in the final Synod document during their interventions this week. 

Supreme Court rejects appeal in Tennessee death row case

Oct 12, 2018 - 02:00 pm .- A previously delayed execution in Tennessee will likely go ahead after the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a convicted murderer currently on death row. The decision was made Oct. 11.

Film tells story of Irish chaplain on frontlines of World War I

Oct 12, 2018 - 12:30 pm .- A new film tells the story of Irish Jesuit Fr. William “Willie” Doyle, who during World War I brought the sacraments to dying soldiers on the battlefield, before he himself died in action on the frontline.

Wash. Supreme Court strikes down death penalty as arbitrary, racially biased

Oct 12, 2018 - 12:00 pm .- The ruling was issued Oct. 11 and makes the state one of twenty to halt the use of death penalty. The result was welcomed by Washington’s Catholic bishops.

Cardinal O’Malley expands sex abuse investigation to include all Boston seminaries

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:47 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston announced Thursday that it is expanding its sex abuse investigation to include all three of its seminaries.

USAID and Knights of Columbus in agreement to help Mid East Christians

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:00 am .- The joint effort was agreed in a memorandum of understanding announced Oct. 12 and will begin in Iraq, before being rolled out throughout the region.

Bishop Barron at Synod of Bishops: Young people are ‘hungry for mission’

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:17 am .- Young people are “hungry for mission,” Bishop Robert Barron said Friday during the 2018 Synod of Bishops, convened to discuss young people, the faith, and vocational discernment

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, appoints him interim DC leader

Oct 12, 2018 - 04:01 am .- Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Friday, while asking the cardinal to continue leading the Archdiocese of Washington on an interim basis until a permanent successor is appointed.