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St. Clement I—Let us also intercede for those who fall into any transgression, …

Let us also intercede for those who fall into any transgression, that meekness and humility may be granted them, so that they may not yield to us, but to God’s will. For in this way there will be for them a fruitful, perfect, and compassionate remembrance with God and the saints. — St. Clement I

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Answering God’s Call in the Second Half of Life

Looking back, Fr. Philip Luebbert, 63, had always known that God was calling him to the priesthood, but health problems and indecision amidst a rapidly changing Church delayed his ordination until the age of 60.   Fr. Luebbert remembers being attracted to the priesthood as a small boy. “Taught by nuns at a Catholic grade […]

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Faulting of retired Pope Benedict's handling of abuse cases sparks sharp reactions

A German report's faulting of retired Pope Benedict XVI's handling of four cases of clergy sexual abuse in the 1970s and '80s has sparked shocked reactions among victims' advocates, theologians, and even Vatican officials.

Pope receives proposal to declare St. Irenaeus a doctor of the church

Pope Francis received a formal recommendation to declare St. Irenaeus of Lyon a doctor of the church, the Vatican said.

Ensuring dignity of workers means guaranteeing their safety, pope says

Companies, especially those in the construction sector, must guarantee safety in the workplace to protect the rights and dignity of their workers, Pope Francis said.

Vatican includes group backing women's ordination on website

The Vatican has included a group that advocates for women's ordination on a website promoting a two-year consultation of rank-and-file Catholics.

Retired Pope Benedict faulted over abuse cases during tenure as German archbishop

A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany's Munich diocese on Jan. 20 faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI's handling of four cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s. The law firm that drew up the report said that Benedict strongly denies any wrongdoing.

Links: EWTN radio affiliate offensive on MLK; greed in US health care; 'Is a Schism on the Horizon?'

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Host David Gray disparages the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; the U.S. health care crisis is being caused by greed, nurses say; Jan. 26 panel to discuss Pope Francis and schism.

With Roe likely to fall, March for Lifers see movement at a crossroads

On Jan. 21, the 49th annual March for Life will kick off at the precipice of a long-awaited milestone, as the Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the ruling that legalized abortion across the U.S.