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Caption: Zenon Aguirre constructs a uniquely designed bookshelf of solid wood at the Don Bosco cooperative in Chacas, Peru. The money from the sales of the furniture goes directly back to the artisans. (CNS/Elie Gardner)
Zenon Aguirre constructs a uniquely designed bookshelf of solid wood at the Don Bosco cooperative in Chacas, Peru. The money from the sales of the furniture goes directly back to the artisans. (CNS/Elie Gardner)
Changing needs, changing names: Reform of Curia is Vatican tradition

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals continue to study the most effective and efficient way to organize the Roman Curia, a large bureaucracy with a long history of expansions and a few, short-term, attempts at consolidation.

For centuries, popes were assisted in their ministry by the cardinals meeting in consistories; the practical matters were handled by what was called the Apostolic Chancery. But as the church grew and matters became more complicated and more time-sensitive, offices were added. The first was the Sacred Congregation for the Inquisition, a tribunal established in 1542 by Pope Paul III to judge heresy and orthodoxy.
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Caption: Retired professional baseball player Mike Sweeney addresses campers during his Catholic Baseball Camp near Seattle. Using baseball to help boys and girls grow in faith and love of Jesus is the mission of the camp created by Sweeney, a longtime Major League Baseball player. (CNS/Stephen Brashear)
Retired professional baseball player Mike Sweeney addresses campers during his Catholic Baseball Camp near Seattle. Using baseball to help boys and girls grow in faith and love of Jesus is the mission of the camp created by Sweeney, a longtime Major League Baseball player. (CNS/Stephen Brashear)
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-- The United States should do all it can to bring about an immediate cease-fire in Gaza, Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, urges Secretary of State John Kerry on behalf of the U.S. bishops.

-- Catholic leaders in the Holy Land call for an end to the cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, while criticizing Israel's "collective punishment" of Palestinians.

-- Richard Jones, a Catholic Relief Services representative, outlines forces propelling the flight of youth and children from Central America and the programs CRS and other agencies have developed aimed at helping families remain intact in their home countries.

-- Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Vatican ambassador to the U.S., exhorts Catholic educators to develop creative ways of countering the challenges secularism, materialism and relativism pose to youth today.

-- Archbishops William E. Lori of Baltimore and Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, celebrating the opening and closing Masses of the U.S. bishops' conference's Fortnight for Freedom, highlight the many ways religious people and agencies serve the nation.


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