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Where ‘no religion’ is default, a look at Europe’s young Catholic minority

Where ‘no religion’ is default, a look at Europe’s young Catholic minority

By CNA/EWTN News

Young Catholics in Europe live in a culture where religious affiliation, church attendance, and regular prayer are generally at low levels, according to a sociological study of their demographic across most of the continent.

“Twenty-three percent of French young adults identify as Catholic, compared to only ten percent   in the U.K.,” said the report, which classifies 16- to 29-year-olds as young adults.

“Notably, however, in both France and the U.K. Catholicism is the dominant Christian identity,”…

Police search Michigan bishop’s home, citing lack of cooperation in sex abuse investigation

Police search Michigan bishop’s home, citing lack of cooperation in sex abuse investigation

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News

On Thursday, police in Saginaw, Michigan raided the home of Bishop Joseph Cistone, as well as the diocesan chancery and its cathedral rectory, as part of an ongoing investigation into sex abuse allegations against several diocesan priests.

CNA has reached out to the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan for comment but did not receive a response by press time.

Police told local media that they could not reveal what they were searching for or taking from…

Lenten campaign invites fallen-away Catholics back to confession

Lenten campaign invites fallen-away Catholics back to confession

By CNA/EWTN News

Through an annual initiative called “The light is on for you,” dioceses throughout the U.S. have opened their doors to welcome fallen away Catholics back to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

“It’s an opportunity to reach out to people who may not be regularly thinking about confession and for it to spark their interest,” said Father Nicholas Vaskov, executive director of communications for the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

“This is sort of the apex of a long journey back…

Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church added to liturgical calendar

Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church added to liturgical calendar

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision that the Church celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as “Mother of the Church” every year on the Monday after Pentecost, as a way to foster Marian piety and the maternal sense of the Church.

The decree establishing the memorial was published March 3 in a letter from Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

As…

Key abuse charge against Cardinal Pell withdrawn

Key abuse charge against Cardinal Pell withdrawn

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Friday an Australian prosecutor withdrew a charge of abuse against Cardinal George Pell, who is currently undergoing a trial in Australia for accusations of historical sexual abuse.

The charge was dropped by Prosecutor Mark Gibson March 2 after its key complainant died in January. It is only one of the charges brought against Pell, though the exact number of charges and details are not yet public.

The next stage of the case begins March…

Bishop Baker attends Miami conference

In the March 2nd issue of the One Voice look for Christina Semmens' article about Bishop Baker and diocesan representatives attending the Southeast Regional gathering for V Encuentro.

UK bishop: Have we allowed youth to become bored with the Mass?

UK bishop: Have we allowed youth to become bored with the Mass?

By CNA/EWTN News

In a recent pastoral letter, a British bishop has encouraged Catholics to make the “awesome reality” of the Eucharist a central focus of their life and prayer during Lent.

“In this Eucharistic Year for the Diocese I am inviting us all to reflect more deeply on the mystery and reality of the Eucharist,” wrote Bishop Mark Davies of the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

“At the beginning of Lent, I want to draw your gaze especially towards the Altar…

Vatican trains exorcists as demonic possession claims rise

Vatican trains exorcists as demonic possession claims rise

By CNA

With reported demonic possessions on the rise in Italy, the Vatican is hosting a weeklong training to better prepare exorcists for ministry. Catholic leaders have said that the country needs more exorcists, and better training.

“Today we are at a stage crucial in history: many Christians no longer believe in [the devil’s] existence, few exorcists are appointed and there are no more young priests willing to learn,” said one of the event’s speakers, exorcist Father Cesare Truqui, according…

Retired priest, Father Peter Sheehan, dies at 91

Reverend J. Peter Sheehan, 91, retired priest of the Diocese of Birmingham, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018, in Sebring, Florida.  Father Sheehan served in many parishes during his tenure, including St. Thomas, Montevallo; St. Anthony, Birmingham; and St. Ann, Decatur.  His final assignment before his retirement in 1991 was the Cathedral of St. Paul.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 2,…

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