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opening15It was a call to action and evangelization that kicked off a week of study in the Diocese of Beaumont.

Bishop Daniel Flores, from the Diocese of Brownsville, spoke about Pope Francis and the New Evangelization during his keynote that opened the Southwest Liturgical Conference Study Week, Jan 22.

“He does shake things up a bit doesn’t he? And he does that on purpose. He does it because he wants the Church to think and get out there and mix it up,” Bishop Flores said. (more…)

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swlcweb0More than 700 people from throughout the Southwest U.S. descended on Southeast Texas for four days of learning, prayer and fellowship during the 52nd Annual Southwest Liturgical Conference Study Week, hosted by the Diocese of Beaumont, Jan. 22-25 at Ford Park and the Eleganté Hotel.

Underscored with Southeast Texas flavor, the event featured more than 70 workshops, several keynote presentations and musical performances from a variety of entertainers. (more…)

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An engaging mission

talbot1In the ‘60s and early ‘70s John Michael Talbot was touring across the country playing with bluegrass and folk acts. These days he’s still touring the country, but now he’s doing it to reinvigorate the Catholic Church.

“This is all about engaging people in the church. Pope Francis is big on that and that’s the thing I hope people come away with. I hope they feel engaged and motivated to live their faith and be active in their church,” Talbot said. (more…)

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By Cindy Wooden and Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

the_vaticanVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Testifying before the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, a Vatican representative acknowledged the horror of clerical sexual abuse and insisted the Vatican was serious about protecting children.

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican observer to U.N. agencies in Geneva, said the church recognizes abuse of children as both a crime and sin, and the Vatican has been promoting policies that, “when properly applied, will help eliminate the occurrence of child sexual abuse by clergy and other church personnel.” (more…)

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By Sean Gallagher Catholic News Service

cns-logoINDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — The six Catholic bishops in Indiana have endorsed a proposed state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman.

The proposed amendment also states that other legal unions “identical or substantially similar to that of marriage” will not be recognized by the state.

Glenn Tebbe, executive director of the Indiana Catholic Conference, the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Indiana regarding state and national matters, spoke on behalf of the bishops Jan. 13 when the Indiana House Judiciary Committee met to hear testimony on House Joint Resolution 3, or H.J.R. 3. (more…)

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WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Msgr. Stephen Berg, 62, a priest of the Diocese of Fort Worth and diocesan administrator of that diocese, as bishop of Pueblo, Colorado. He succeeds Bishop Fernando Isern, who resigned last June for health reasons.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, Jan. 15, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States. (more…)

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