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Posted October 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

A special Mass marking 165 years of Catholic education in the city of Plaquemine was celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church in Plaquemine on Sept. 23. Concelebrating the Mass were, from left, Deacon Alfred Ricard, pastor Father Greg Daigle, Msgr. Earl Gauthreaux and Father Cleo Milano, former pastor of St. John. Msgr. Gauthreaux is a native of Plaquemine and attended St. John. He serves in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Photo provided by Donna Carville


    U.S. bishops find ‘honest, hopeful’ young adults at V Encuentro

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) – When Sister Lucero Espitia looked around the ballroom, she saw other people like herself. 

    While the Disciple of Jesus sister from Aguascalientes, Mexico, didn’t see many other habited consecrated women religious like herself, she did see some 750 other Catholic young adults like herself buzzing with excitement as they sat down for dinner with a cross section of the 150 bishops attending the V Encuentro, or National Fifth Encuentro, in Grapevine. 

    Sharing her perspective

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    Church plans third-party abuse reporting system

    WASHINGTON (CNS) – Pledging to “heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us,” the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops.

    It also instructed the U.S. bishops’ canonical affairs committee to develop proposals for policies addressing restrictions on bishops who were removed or resigned because of allegations of abuse of minors or adults.

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    Apostolic visitor outlines plans for expansion at Medjugorje shrine

    Pilgrims pray in front of a statue of Mary on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 2011. CNS photo | Paul Haring

    WARSAW, Poland (CNS) – The Polish archbishop tasked with overseeing Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Medjugorje shrine has outlined plans for expansion, including more Masses in different languages and facilities for young pilgrims who flock to the site of the alleged Marian apparitions.

    “Medjugorje represents Europe’s spiritual

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    Catholic Charities distributes disaster relief to areas hit by Florence

    Oliver Kelly, age 1, cries as he is carried off a sheriff’s airboat in Leland, North Carolina, during his Sept. 17 rescue from rising floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. CNS photo

    RALEIGH, N.C. (CNS) – The Carolinas were hard hit with record rainfall and flooding rivers from tropical storm Florence since it made landfall Sept. 14. And although the storm was downgraded from a hurricane to a Category 1 tropical storm, it still

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    USCCB president seeks papal audience; pope says he trusts people to judge archbishop’s claims about him

    WASHINGTON (CNS) – The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he was “eager for an audience” with Pope Francis to gain his support for the bishops’ plan to respond to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.  

    In an Aug. 27 statement, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston also said that the questions raised by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, former nuncio to the United States, in a letter published by two Catholic media outlets “deserve answers that are

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    Church urged to address its leaders’ ‘moral failures of judgment’

    WASHINGTON (CNS) – Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick “will rightly face” a Vatican canonical process regarding sexual abuse allegations against him, but the U.S. Catholic Church must take steps to respond to church leaders’ “moral failures of judgment,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    The accusations against Archbishop McCarrick, a former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., “reveal a grievous moral failure within the church,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston. 

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    Bishops’ protection charter ready

    By Peter Finney

    The Clarion Herald  

    The chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People said a two-year project to revise the charter that guides the U.S. church in protecting minors from sexual abuse is nearly ready to be presented to the full body of bishops.  

    “We’ve done a lot of nice work over the last two years,” Lafayette Bishop Timothy L. Doherty, chair of the committee, told the 13th annual Child and

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    Irish voters approve referendum allowing abortion

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A St. Amant teenager preparing to embark on a mission to Ireland said she is heartbroken by that country’s vote opening the door to abortion on demand. Yet, she said, the vote is only further evidence that God is leading her where she is needed. Results from the nationwide referendum showed that 66.4 percent of citizens opted to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Irish constitution, while 33.6 percent voted to retain it. Turnout was 64.5 percent. Voters inserted the original amendment in the constitution in 1983 by a margin of 2-1, and it “acknowledges the

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    Cuomo, politician with complicated relationship with church, dies

    WASHINGTON (CNS) – While many tributes to former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo reference the impact of his 1984 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, for many Catholics, it was a different speech the same year that defined his political legacy.

    Cuomo, who died Jan. 1 at age 82, served three terms as governor and was sought after as a possible candidate for president, though he never took the plunge.

    Those two 1984 speeches may well have helped define both why

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