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Benedictine Fr. Kevin Seasoltz, 82, noted liturgist and author, dies

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Benedictine Fr. R. Kevin Seasoltz, former rector of St. John's Seminary in Collegeville and a noted liturgist and author, died Saturday in the retirement center on the Benedictine Abbey grounds after a brief battle with cancer. He was 82.

A funeral Mass was scheduled for Thursday at the abbey chapel, with burial following at the monastic cemetery.

Cardinal ordains U.S. archbishop, two others for diplomatic service

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With ambassadors from around the world in attendance, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone ordained as archbishops three members of the Vatican diplomatic corps -- including U.S. Archbishop Michael Banach -- who will serve as nuncios.

Banach, 50, a priest of the diocese of Worcester, Mass., was named nuncio to Papua New Guinea; he had been the Vatican's representative to several international agencies based in Vienna.

Restoring trust, relationships key steps toward wellness, happiness for priests

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Trust, brotherhood and finding self-value in yourself over your work. Those are among the keys for priests to achieve a greater state of wellness and mental health, according to Jesuit Fr. Gerard McGlone.

The executive director of the Saint John Vianney Center in Philadelphia, a behavioral health facility for religious and priests, McGlone outlined those three keys to happiness during a presentation Tuesday at the 45th annual conference of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils.

Catholic bishop returns petitions to ousted gay man

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The story of a Long Island Catholic ousted from his parish jobs for marrying his male partner generated headlines, outrage and an 18,000-signature petition to Bishop William Murphy to have Nicholas Coppola reinstated.

But now the tale has an odd coda: Murphy, who heads the diocese of Rockville Centre, mailed the petitions back to Coppola with a one-line cover letter on the bishop's stationery that reads: "FROM YOUR FAITHFUL ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP."

No signature, nothing else.

John Paul II, Oscar Romero and the politics of making saints

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Reports this week that the late Pope John Paul II may be on the verge of sainthood after a second miracle was credited to his intercession aren't a huge surprise: When he died eight years ago, crowds were already clamoring for his canonization, and Pope Benedict XVI quickly waived the usual five-year waiting period to get the process rolling.

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