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Retired auxiliary bishop of Toledo dies

By Cherie Spino & Angela Kessler
Catholic News Service 

TOLEDO — Retired Auxiliary Bishop Robert W. Donnelly of Toledo, Ohio died July 21 at his home in Toledo at age 83.

Afternoon visitation was scheduled for July 28, to be followed by an evening vigil at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo. Morning visitation and a rosary July 29 was to take place before a noon funeral Mass at the cathedral. Committal was to be at Resurrection Cemetery in Toledo. Continue reading

 
Bishops: End border crisis by addressing reasons people flee

The international border fence snakes along hills in this July 16 view from east of Nogales, Ariz. Nogales in Sonora, Mexico, is more densely populated than that of its U.S. sister city. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

By Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — To end the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, the United States must address the flow of illegal drugs and arms and the harmful economic policies forcing children and families to leave Central America for the U.S., said the chairman of the U.S. bishops‘ Committee on International Justice and Peace. Continue reading

 
Patriarch decries ‘mass cleansing’ of Mosul by ‘a bed of criminals’
File photo of Patriarch Younan in Syria

A handout picture made available by the official government Syrian Arab News Agency in May shows Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan walking with a Christian and Muslim delegation during a visit to the old city of Homs, Syria. A prominent Syrian Christian political leader has warned of an impending assault on Syria's northeastern province of Hassake amid reports that thousands of Islamist fighters are preparing to take control of the predominantly Christian and Kurdish area. (CNS photo/EPA)

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, in Washington to meet with federal government representatives and members of Congress, decried the “mass cleansing” of Christians from Mosul, Iraq, by what he called “a bed of criminals.” Continue reading

 
Cafeteria Catholic? Pope eats in Vatican cafeteria for Friday fish menu
Pope Francis talks with Vatican workers during a surprise visit to the Vatican cafeteria July 25. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) (July 25, 2014) See CAFETERIA-POPE July 25, 2014.

Pope Francis talks with Vatican workers during a surprise visit to the Vatican cafeteria July 25. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — Taking the chef completely by surprise, Pope Francis unexpectedly showed up to eat with the Vatican’s blue collar workers at their cafeteria in the tiny city-state’s “industrial park.”

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Confirmed: Pope Francis to visit United States
Pope Francis greets Archbishop Chaput during general audience in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

Pope Francis greets Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, right, during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 26. Archbishop Chaput has confirmed Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (March 26, 2014) See POPE-AUDIENCE March 26, 2014.

By Nancy Wiechec
Catholic News Service 

UPDATE: Despite Chaput’s confirmation, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia published the following tweet on July 25.

 

 

FARGO, N.D. — Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year.

Archbishop Chaput made the announcement July 24 before giving his homily during the opening Mass of the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo. Continue reading

 
Obama administration says it plans opt-out alternative on mandate

U.S. President Barack Obama waits to address graduates during the commencement ceremony at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind., May 17, 2009. (CNS photo/Christopher Smith)

By Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has filed a brief with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver indicating it plans to develop an alternative for Catholic and other religious nonprofit employers to opt out of providing federally mandated contraceptives they object to including in their employee health care coverage. Continue reading

 
Mayor says it would be ‘extraordinary moment’ if pope visited New York

New York mayor Bill de Blasio attends a St. Patrick's Day Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York March 17, 2014. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

By Catholic News Service

NEW YORK — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said it would be an “extraordinary moment for our city and an extraordinary honor” if Pope Francis visited the Big Apple in September 2015, when the World Meeting of Families takes place in Philadelphia. Continue reading

 
Vatican revising canon law on abuse penalties

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — Church law has procedures and penalties for effectively dealing with allegations of clerical sexual abuse, but the Vatican is working to revise a section of the Code of Canon Law to make those norms and procedures clearer and, therefore, more effective, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. Continue reading

 
Archbishop Emeritus Daniel Pilarczyk turns 80 August 12
Daniel E. Pilarcyzk

Archbishop Emeritus Daniel E. Pilarcyzk rests in a chair in his room at St. Paul’s Archbishop Leibold Home for the Aged. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph

With the use of a walker, and a helper at the ready, Archbishop Emeritus Daniel E. Pilarczyk made his way down the fourth-floor hallway at the Little Sisters of the Poor St. Paul’s Archbishop Leibold Home for the Aged.

Despite suffering the effects of Parksinson’s Disease, the archbishop was affable, alert and more than willing to make a joke during an interview with The Catholic Telegraph in late July. Continue reading

 
Social media growth continues for The Catholic Telegraph

Twitter Screenshot

Staff Report

Heeding the call to a New Evangelization, The Catholic Telegraph has been active on social media sites Facebook and Twitter for several years. On July 23, 2014 the newspaper’s official Twitter feed, @cathtelegraph, picked up its 6,000th follower. Continue reading