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Administrator elected to oversee Diocese of Cleveland

CLEVELAND (CNS) -- Father Donald P. Oleksiak has been elected administrator of the Diocese of Cleveland by the diocese's college of consultors following the appointment of Archbishop Nelson J. Perez as the new leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Faith and the workplace not mutually exclusive, say conference speakers

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Faith-oriented employee resource groups, or ERGs, have been established at some major corporations for as many as 20 years.

Judge says abuse victims' attorney can question retired Rochester bishop

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CNS) -- A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that -- with specific limitations -- an attorney for victims of sexual abuse may question retired Bishop Matthew H. Clark of Rochester under oath about his knowledge of sexual abuse during his years as head of the diocese.

Vietnamese priest serves villagers quarantined for coronavirus

HANOI, Vietnam (CNS) -- A Vietnamese priest who offers voluntary services to villagers quarantined for the coronavirus has called on people to respect and give medical supplies to them.

Roar from congregation greets Philadelphia's new shepherd at installation

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Archbishop Nelson J. Perez placed a mark of familiarity on the formality of rites in the Mass that installed him as the new archbishop of Philadelphia Feb. 18 in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.

Catholic Scout councils not affected by bankruptcy case, chairman says

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Boy Scout councils and units sponsored by Catholic parishes and other entities will not be affected by the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed by the Boy Scouts of America, said the chairman of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

'We are in human misery,' Franciscan in northern Syria tells pope

AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) -- Syrian government forces and Russian warplanes are bombing Idlib province, while tens of thousands of people are sheltering under strips of plastic tenting in the freezing cold and snow. Others are fleeing the explosions, crammed in trucks with few of their earthly possessions, heading to the already packed northern border frontier, closed by Turkey.

Being meek does not mean being a pushover, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Those who are meek are patient, gentle and merciful, drawing people together and salvaging relationships, Pope Francis said.

Beyond Amazonia

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Querida Amazonia" (Dear Amazonia) did not accept or endorse the 2019 Amazonian synod's proposal that "viri probati" -- mature married men -- be ordained priests in that region. So until the German Church's "synodal path" comes up with a similar proposal (which seems more than likely), a period of pause has been created in which some non-hysterical reflection on the priesthood and celibacy can take place throughout the world Church. Several points might be usefully pondered in the course of that conversation.

Reviving a sense of mission in the Amazon

Pope Francis was elected to bring about a missionary metamorphosis of the Church. The "next Pope," Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio told his brother cardinals during their pre-conclave meetings in 2013, had to be a "man who, from the contemplation and adoration of Jesus Christ, helps the Church to go out of herself to the existential peripheries, who helps her to bear fruit living off the sweet and comforting joy of evangelizing." The cardinals not only agreed with his assessment but deemed that the Archbishop of Buenos Aires was the one to lead that transformation.