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By Veronica Ambuul Catholic News Service DENVER (CNS) — The “dumbing down of the Catholic faith” that impacted catechesis in the mid-1960s “was a pastoral disaster of the first order,” Father Robert Barron told a crowd of about 500 people at the Catholic Media Conference in Denver June 19. Other

Retired Pope Benedict XVI talks with Pope Francis during their private meeting at papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo
By Catholic News Service  NEW YORK (CNS) — The International Criminal Court declined a request from victims of clergy sexual abuse to investigate Vatican officials and their responsibility for the abuse of children by Catholic priests around the world.

Screenshot from Faithandsafety.org
Press Release WASHINGTON—The Communications Department of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) have launched www.faithandsafety.org, a resource for adults to help children safely navigate online.

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis told members of the ordinary council of the Synod of Bishops that he was preparing to publish an encyclical on faith written “with four hands” — his own and those of Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope answers questions
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis ditched a 1,250-word prepared speech to students saying it would be “a tad boring” to read out loud and opted instead to just quickly hit the high points and spend the rest of the time answering people’s questions.

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service  WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — A Czech cardinal welcomed final court approval of government plans to pay billions of dollars to churches in compensation for their losses under communist rule. On June 3, the Constitutional Court cleared the way for the implementation of a 2012

Young Boy Scout and Scoutmaster place U.S. flags at graves of military veterans
By Mark Pattison  Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON (CNS) — The head of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting said the Boy Scouts’ vote in May to admit homosexual youth into their ranks is “not in conflict with Catholic teaching,” something by which “we should be encouraged.”

By Allan F. Wright Catholic News Service Henry Libersat, a deacon for the Diocese of Orlando, Fla., offers a timely book on practical ways to speak about Jesus and the church in “Catholic and Confident: Simple Steps to Share Your Faith” (Servant Books; Cincinnati, 2012; 93 pp., $10.99).

Advocacy Day
By Megan Walsh The Catholic Telegraph  Support for immigration reform has been increasing in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Cincinnati City Council unanimously declared Cincinnati a “immigrant friendly” city this past March. Last week, representatives from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati attended an Advocacy Day on May 21 sponsored by the US

By John Mulderig Catholic News Service  NEW YORK (CNS) — The following are capsule reviews of new and recent DVD and Blu-ray releases from Catholic News Service.