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News Digest

Issue of August 30 – September 12, 2009The following items are condensed. For the complete articles, please read the print edition of The Catholic New World. To subscribe, call (312) 534-7777.

News Update

Therapy for sex abuse survivors

The Archdiocese of Chicago's Office of Assistance Ministry will sponsor therapy groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Licensed professionals will conduct separate group sessions for women and men at no cost to the participants. Participation in the adult therapy groups is not limited to those who were sexually abused as minors by a priest or deacon.

Groups will meet for 12 consecutive weeks beginning the week of Sept. 14. Sessions for men will be held on Chicago's South Side, and those for women in the Midway Airport area.

For information, call or e-mail Kathleen Leggdas at (312) 534- 5268, kleggdas@archchicago. org or Matt Hunnicutt at (312) 534- 8267, mhunnicutt@

Joint celebration

Catholics and Lutherans will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification between the Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation with a prayer service and reception at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Old St. Patrick's Church, 700 W. Adams St. The joint declaration also was affirmed by the World Methodist Council in 2006.

The celebration will be hosted by Cardinal George, as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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In any era, being a good Christian is not easy, pope says

Doctors remove pontiff's cast from his right arm Just as in Christ's time, living the Christian virtues today is not an easy task because it often requires people to go against the current of society, Pope Benedict XVI said.

The pope spoke about the demands of the faith at a Sunday blessing at his villa outside Rome Aug. 23.

New Web site educates Catholics about missal translation

A new Web site launched Aug. 21 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was produced to educate Catholics about the forthcoming English translation of the new Roman Missal, the book of prayers used for Mass.

The site,, has background material on the process of development of liturgical texts, sample texts from the missal, a glossary of terms and answers to frequently asked questions.