Catholic Church

Hong Kong cardinal: Consensus on bishops helps solve other issues in China

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China and the Vatican have reached consensus on the appointment of bishops, which will lead to the resolution of other outstanding problems, said Hong Kong Cardinal John Tong.

"From now on, there will be no more the crisis of a division between the open and underground communities in the Church in China," the cardinal said. "On the contrary, these two communities will gradually move toward reconciliation and communion on the aspects of law, pastoral care and relationships. The church in China will work together to preach the gospel of Jesus on the soil of China."

Experts: To limit clergy abuse, look at model of business accountability

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 In a wide-ranging discussion, members of Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and experts called to testify discussed how good business practices might or might not make children less vulnerable.

The hearing included discussion of church governance, celibacy and what seminarians are being taught about power and leadership.

Church implements Colombian peace accord with reflection, action, prayer

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The Colombian government and rebel leaders reached a peace accord to officially end a war. After 52 years of conflict with 200,000 lives lost and 7 million people displaced, the Catholic bishops of Colombia continue to use the church's influence in the country to focus on reconciliation.   

U.S. bishops say that prayer, local dialogue key to bringing peace

U.S. bishops' Task Force to Promote Peace in Our Communities releases report: The Catholic Church has a "tremendous responsibility to bring people together in prayer and dialogue, to begin anew the vital work of fostering healing and lasting peace," said a report by a U.S. bishops' task force released Jan. 5 in the wake of last year's incidents of violence and racial tensions.

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