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Archbishop appoints Fr. Mech as new rector of Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Fr. J.J. Mech

DETROIT — Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron announced March 28 that Fr. J.J. Mech will succeed Msgr. Michael LeFevre as rector of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The appointment will become effective Aug. 1. Fr. Mech, 47, is the current pastor of St. Anastasia Parish in Troy. Msgr. LeFevre, 58, who has served as…


Group of senators filibusters trafficking measure over abortion issue

This photo illustration of a young woman depicts the effects of human trafficking. Women religious are joining with members of local communities in efforts to to combat exploitation of young girls being trafficked and "to help heal the wounded." (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review) (May 22, 2014)

WASHINGTON — Ten Senate Democrats voted March 17 to filibuster the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Act over inclusion of Hyde Amendment provisions, which forbids federal funding for most abortions or abortion-related care. “I know there are some Democrats who care deeply about the victims of human trafficking. Unfortunately, not everybody does, otherwise we…

The Vatican

Pope accepts cardinal’s decision to renounce duties, rights of office

Cardinal Keith O'Brien of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland, arrives for a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this Nov. 21, 2010, file photo. Cardinal O'Brien, 74, announced Feb. 25 that he will not participate in the conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI's successor. His resignation was accepted by the pope Feb. 18. The cardinal has been accused of "inappropriate conduct" by three priests and a former priest. He has denied the allegations. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Feb. 25, 2013)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis accepted Scotland Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s decision to renounce all “duties and privileges” associated with being a cardinal. The former archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, who resigned in 2013 after admitting to sexual misconduct, will no longer exercise the role of a cardinal, including by serving as a papal adviser,…