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Cleveland Diocese’s newspaper to end print publication in 2015

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By Catholic News Service 

CLEVELAND — The Catholic Universe Bulletin, which has served Catholics in the Diocese of Cleveland for 140 years, will cease publication of its print edition at an unspecified date in 2015.

Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland, in announcing the news Aug. 22, said he would begin exploring an alternative means of reaching Catholics in northeast Ohio. Continue reading

 
Philadelphia’s Thomas named new Bishop of Toledo

The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas was named the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo in America by Pope Francis on Aug. 26. (Courtesy Photo/Diocese of Toledo)

Press Release

TOLEDO — The Holy Father, Pope Francis, today named the Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas as the eighth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo in America.

Bishop Thomas has been serving as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since his Episcopal Ordination on July 26, 2006. He fills the office left vacant by the Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, who was installed as the Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut in December 2013.  Since that time the Toledo Diocese has been under the direction of the Reverend Charles Ritter, serving as Diocesan Administrator. Continue reading

 
Cardinal George joins cancer drug clinical trial

Cardinal Francis E. George visited the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to deliver the Gardner Lecture on Moral Theology at the Athenaeum of Ohio on Wednesday, April 24 2013. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

By Catholic News Service

CHICAGO — Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George is participating in a clinical research trial for a new cancer drug, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Aug. 22.

Cardinal George was first diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2006 and had a recurrence of cancer announced in 2012. Continue reading

 
Pope phones family of slain U.S. journalist

A man walks past a sign outside a shop Aug. 20 put up in memory of James Foley in his hometown of Rochester, N.H. Foley, a freelance war correspondent and a Marquette University alum, was killed at the hands of the Islamic State militant group. (CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters)

Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the pope phoned relatives of the late James Foley on Aug. 21 to console them for their loss and assure them of his prayers. Continue reading

 
Seminary rector appointed new bishop of Ukrainian eparchy based in Ohio

By Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Father Bohdan J. Danylo, a seminary rector in Connecticut, to head the Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio. Continue reading

 
Bishop hopes Hawaii cathedral will be ‘spiritual destination’
This exterior view taken July 24 shows Honolulu's Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva announced July 18 that the Vatican has designated the cathedral as a minor basilica in recognition of its historic and spiritual significance. (CNS photo/Darlene Dela Cruz, Hawaii Catholic Herald)

This exterior view taken July 24 shows Honolulu's Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva announced July 18 that the Vatican has designated the cathedral as a minor basilica in recognition of its historic and spiritual significance. (CNS photo/Darlene Dela Cruz, Hawaii Catholic Herald)

By Patrick Downes
Catholic News Service 

HONOLULU — The Vatican has designated Honolulu’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace as a minor basilica in recognition of its historic and spiritual significance. Continue reading

 
Former major league player shares baseball skills, deep faith at camp
Retired professional baseball player Mike Sweeney addresses campers July 24 during his Catholic Baseball Camp at Russell Road Sports Complex in Kent, Wash. (CNS photo/Stephen Brashear) See BASEBALL-CAMP July 30, 2014.

Retired professional baseball player Mike Sweeney addresses campers July 24 during his Catholic Baseball Camp at Russell Road Sports Complex in Kent, Wash. (CNS photo/Stephen Brashear)

By Jean Parietti
Catholic News Service 

KENT, Wash. — After Anthony Adams received a baseball-bead rosary at Mike Sweeney Catholic Baseball Camp, he posted a photo of it on Instagram. “Like it if you love God and you like my baseball rosary,” the 12-year-old wrote. Continue reading

 
Holy Land still safe for pilgrimages, says head of U.S. tour group

Activists hold flags in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 29 to show support for Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip. Tour operators interview by Catholic News Service say the ongoing violence in Middle East has not affected pilgrimages to the Holy Land. (CNS photo/Ronen Zvulun, Reuters)

By Winston Pierre
Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — The head of a Michigan-based tour company that leads trips to the Holy Land said the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas so far has not had an impact on pilgrimages he and his associates lead.

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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

 
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