U.S.

National Encuentro opens with procession, papal message, prayers for abuse victims

A video message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crosses representing all of the participating episcopal regions were the highlights during the first day of the National Fifth Encuentro gathering taking place Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine.

U.S.

Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

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.

Chicagoland

Three new bishops ordained for archdiocese

Cardinal Cupich ordained Bishops Mark Bartosic, Robert Casey and Ronald Hicks in front of a packed congregation in Holy Name Cathedral Sept. 17.

U.S.

Catholic Charities distributes disaster relief to areas hit by Florence

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 caused extensive water damage.

Chicagoland

Archdiocesan-wide novena prays for healing in church's abuse crisis

While it is naïve to think that prayer alone will heal the pain and sin of the current crisis in the Catholic Church related to clergy sexual abuse, works not rooted in prayer are doomed to fail, said Father John Kartje, rector of Mundelein Seminary, Sept. 15 at Holy Name Cathedral.

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