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Vatican issues ruling on remains

“The ashes of the faithful must be laid to rest in a sacred place, that is, in a cemetery or, in certain cases, in a church or an area, which has been set aside for this purpose, and so dedicated by the competent ecclesial authority.” – the Vatican

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The Vatican reaffirms Palestine’s statehood

… there is no denying that there is something new about yesterday’s announcement. The diplomatic agreement reached on the text and the forthcoming joint signing of it, represents an important additional step in that the “State of Palestine” name will appear in a key document of vital importance to relations between the Holy See and the Palestinians.

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RC bishop steps down; was convicted of mishandling clergy sexual abuse

The National Catholic Reporter, reporting on the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn, notes that he was the first bishop to be convicted of criminal charges in the mishandling of clergy sexual abuse in the US, failing to report the suspicion abuse of children by a now-former priest who had been creating child pornography. The NCR report describes as rare the resignation of a bishop before the retirement age of 75. The 62-year-old Bishop Robert Finn would have celebrated his tenth anniversary […]

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The Vatican discusses women’s issues, but they’re not in the room

The Vatican can’t seem to get it right: this week, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture is holding a plenary assembly to discuss “Women’s Culture: Equality and Difference,” but as the Boston Globe‘s Crux points out,

[Cardinal Gianfranco] Ravasi said women were invited to make presentations on various issues to be taken up in the plenary assembly, but since the members of the council are all men, that’s who will talk things out behind closed doors.

Ravasi defined the process as “women […]

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