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Report claims church leaders long knew about Bransfield accusations

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A recent newspaper report details claims that senior church leaders in the United States knew as far back as 2012 about complaints against a West Virginia bishop whose spending habits and recent accusations of sexual misconduct have dogged the body of U.S. bishops at a time when they're seeking a path toward greater accountability for themselves.

Lay role matters in renewing church wounded by abuse, speaker says

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- The laity can lead the way in renewing a church wounded by the decades-long sexual abuse scandal, according to Meghan Cokeley, director of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for the New Evangelization.

Appeals court to uphold ACA; health care a basic human right, says CHA

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit considers the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the Catholic Health Association voiced its support for the act, declaring access to health care a basic human right.

Connecticut bishops urge 'complete overhaul' of U.S. immigration policy

HARTFORD, Conn. (CNS) -- Connecticut's Catholic bishops, in a joint message to the state's Catholics, called for a "complete overhaul" of U.S. immigration policy.

Curia reform: Changing attitudes, not just structures

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' plan for the reform of the Roman Curia will change the names of several offices and merge a few of them, but the biggest change it hopes to spark is one of attitude.

Pope mourns death of French patient after doctors withhold care

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "Every life is valuable, always," Pope Francis tweeted after offering prayers for Vincent Lambert, a 42-year-old French man who died July 11, nine days after doctors stopped providing him with nutrition and hydration.

Vatican discovers empty tombs as it searches for missing woman

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Opening the Vatican tombs of a princess and a duchess July 11 in a search for the remains of a young Italian woman missing for more than 30 years, the Vatican found no human remains at all.

Vincent Lambert dies after removal of food and water

Reims, France, Jul 11, 2019 CNA.- Vincent Lambert, a 42 year-old quadriplegic man, died in a French hospital Thursday morning, 9 days after doctors withdrew his food and water.

New book highlights 12 historic homilies delivered in times of crisis

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- As the Nazi regime systematically killed those it deemed mentally ill or "unproductive," a fearless bishop of the Diocese of Munster, Germany, took to the pulpit in 1941 to denounce and challenge what was happening.

Makers of 'Unplanned' say social media shutdown among hurdles film faced

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The directors of "Unplanned," the life-affirming, true story of a Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life activist, described a White House summit on social media as a needed opportunity for conservatives to discuss how Facebook, Twitter and Google and other outlets are shutting out their voices.