Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, informed the bishops as they opened their fall general assembly Nov. 12 that the Vatican wanted the bishops to delay any vote until after a February meeting with the pope and presidents of the bishops’ conferences around the world that will focus on addressing clergy abuse.
A top official from the Vatican Secretariat of State acknowledged allegations made by a New York priest in 2000 concerning Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, according to a letter obtained by Catholic News Service.
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley’s Humanitarian Respite Center has been featured in fundraisers at the Vatican and on news shows. This summer, it’s been visited by Kerry Kennedy, Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s daughter, and TV celebrity Gayle King.
From Pope Gregory XIII’s observational tower built in the Vatican Gardens in the 16th century to Pope Leo XIII, who officially re-founded the Vatican Observatory in the late 19th century, popes have kept their eyes fixed on the heavens.