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Chinese bishop released from detention after more than seven months

HONG KONG (CNS) -- Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou has been released by Chinese authorities after being detained for more than seven months, reported

Amid abuse allegations, Vatican names trustee to lead Sodalitium

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Saying Pope Francis is following the situation with concern, the Vatican named a Colombian bishop to be the trustee of the scandal-plagued Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a Catholic movement based in Peru.

USCCB president: 'Active love' needed to further Rev. King's legacy

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is "an important time to recommit ourselves to the Gospel message he preached," said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The story behind an anti-Nazi priest and a Florida miracle

Palm Beach, Fla., Jan 9, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- More people need to know about the Dutch priest Blessed Titus Brandsma and his heroic death in a Nazi concentration camp, according to a Florida priest who says Brandsma’s intercession led to a miraculous healing from cancer.

Don't rush through silence at Mass, pope says at general audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The silence that precedes the opening prayer at Mass is an opportunity for Christians to commend to God the fate of the church and the world, Pope Francis said.

New priorities for one seminarian

Pope Francis' 2015 visit to the United States was a thrilling time to be a seminarian in our nation's capital.

Recompense for a serious mistake

I won't venture into classical Roman literature, which is not my forte, but I will say with assurance that the greatest modern Latin pun was the result of a schoolgirl prank. In 1844, General Charles James Napier, commanding a British army during the heydays of imperialism in South Asia, was ordered to subdue the province of Sindh (which is now in Pakistan). His methods were criticized in Parliament, and young Catherine Winkworth remarked to her teacher that Napier's report to his superiors should have been a one-word double-entendre, "Peccavi," (literally, "I have sinned," but also, phonetically, "I have Sindh"). Miss Winkworth sent her pun to the humor magazine Punch, which then published it as a factual report from Napier under the headline, "Foreign Affairs." General Napier later commented that, "If this was a piece of rascality, it was a noble piece of rascality."

How Can it All have a Happy Ending?

There's a line in the writings of Julian of Norwich, the famous 14th century mystic and perhaps the first theologian to write in English, which is endlessly quoted by preachers, poets, and writers: But all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. It's her signature teaching.

Reaping What We're Sowing

Before Christmas, Time Magazine named the "Silence Breakers" their 2017 Persons of the Year. Time focused fundamentally on the women who courageously came forward to bring into the light the sordid sexual abuse and harassment they had suffered silently years at the clutches of powerful entertainment and political leaders who, once acclaimed and admired, are now scorned and humiliated as perverts.

Dispensation from abstinence

Q. Please settle a dispute I am having with a colleague. Our society's annual St. Patrick's dinner is normally held on a Friday during Lent. We therefore request a dispensation in order to serve steak that evening.