Bishops affirm diocese’s effort for Michigan grandfather’s sainthood cause

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops, after being consulted about the sainthood cause of a man who, except for service in World War II, spent his life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, gave vocal assent June 12 for the Diocese of Marquette to continue to pursue the cause.

Church should focus on getting ‘nones’ back, Bishop Barron says

"For every one person joining our church today, 6.45 are leaving" and most are leaving at young ages, primarily before age 23. The median age of those who leave is 13.

Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism’s capital punishment section

It still needs Vatican approval, but wording emphasizes the dignity of all people and the misapplication of capital punishment. Discussion of the was not meant to be a debate on the death penalty overall.

Bishops OK plan to implement ‘motu proprio’ on addressing abuse

The "motu proprio" was one of the measures that came out the Vatican's February Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse attended by the presidents of the world's bishops' conferences.

Bishops approve third-party reporting system

In a series of three votes June 12, the bishops voted overwhelmingly to authorize the implementation of a system that would allow people to make reports through a toll-free telephone number as well as online.

Pope advances sainthood causes for U.S. priest, Spanish martyrs

The decree for Fr. Tolton's cause recognizes that he lived a life of heroic virtue.
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Cardinal DiNardo calls bishops to be trustworthy like Barnabas

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston compared the early church missions of Barnabas and Paul to the modern-era mission of restoring trust following the clerical sexual abuse crisis in his homily during the U.S. bishops' spring assembly in Baltimore.

On the fly: Airport chaplains have special ministry, pope says

A man was told he could charge his computer in the airport chapel because electricity, "like the energy of God," was there for everyone.

A summer camp vision, prayers to St. Teresa helped lead Friar to the priesthood

He was only working at the camp because his dad had a role there. An experience there during guided meditation was among the seeds of his vocation.

National Review Board chairman repeats call for greater lay involvement as Church tackles abuse

BALTIMORE (CNS) — National Review Board chairman Francesco Cesareo offered the U.S. bishops meeting in Baltimore a series of recommendations that he said will strengthen the Church’s response to the ongoing clergy sexual abuse crisis.