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Pope taps liberal archbishop to succeed conservative cardinal as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a conservative theologian, is nearing the end of his five year mandate as the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the department supposed to defend the Catholic doctrine. The Vatican has released a brief statement that Müller’s mandate will not be renewed, and instead, his deputy, Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, who is more liberal.

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Catholic groups withdraw investments from coal, oil and gas

In a move against climate change, at a time when Donald Trump is considering withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement,

Nine Catholic organizations from around the world have announced they are divesting their savings from coal, oil and gas companies in a joint bid to fight climate change.

According to Religion News, those nine organizations include the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, “the Mission Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit, the Italian Diocese of Pescara, Il Dialogo, the Italian Jesuits, the […]

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Kelly Gissendaner (1968-2015)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that Kelly Gissendaner was executed by lethal injection at 12:21 a.m., despite pleas from her children, clergy, protesters and Pope Francis, after the Georgia Board of Paroles and Pardons and the U.S. Supreme Court both denied clemency.

From The Atlantic:

Doug Gissendaner’s parents and siblings support her death sentence, but his children asked the parole board not to execute their mother for her role in their father’s murder.

“My dad would not want my mom to be executed, […]

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Why is the Catholic Church spread so thin in America?

In his address to American Bishops, Pope Francis recommended that they focus on their work as pastors, spending individual, close, time with their congregants. The statistics blog FiveThirtyEight analysed this statement in conjunction with 50 years of data collected by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.

FiveThirtyEight found that there is only one priest per every 2,600 parishioners, and 20% of parishes don’t have a priest at all. This is the result of a long trend dating […]

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Bishop Gene Robinson’s open letter to Pope Francis

Retired Bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, is one of the White House papal visit guests over whom the Vatican has expressed concern. Bishop Robinson responded by writing an open letter to the Pope, which can be read in its entirety at The Daily Beast.

There has been a bit of a kerfuffle in the last 24 hours due to reports that a senior Vatican official is offended, on your behalf, by […]

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Pope Francis speaks on his environmental encyclical

Pope Francis, on his third day in Ecuador, spoke to his concerns on the environment, in particular on the fate of Equatorial Amazon, to an audience that included people indigenous to that region. In Religion News:

The pope has said he wanted the encyclical to influence a United Nations climate change summit in Paris in December and has now effectively taken his campaign to convince governments on the road. In September he takes his message to the United States and the […]

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Our common home: Pope’s environmental encyclical leaked

Cathy Lynn Grossman, writing for Religion News Service and published in Crux, reports on the leaking of a draft of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, to be released officially on Thursday, in which he states that climate change exists, is caused by humans and is having its most devastating effects on the poor.

The story includes an overview of the recent Pew study which shows Catholics divided by political lines when it comes to views on climate change:

Pew Research’s survey […]

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“The holiest iPad”: Pope Francis’ mobile device auctioned off for charity

What do you do with an old iPad? Put it up on eBay and try to recoup some of the original investment? Send it to electronics recycling? Give it to your 10-year-old?

Pope Francis’ old iPad brought $30,500 at auction in Uruguay after the Pope gave it to a priest there in hopes that “he would find a way to do something good with the tablet”:

The priest donated the iPad to the Francisco de Paysandu high school, which will receive the […]

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