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Religious Communities and Sex Abuse
Christopher Heffron

It's the untold story: Monica Applewhite, a leading authority on sexual-abuse prevention, explains where we are today.

WEB+ Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Survivors Speak
Rachel Zawila

It's been ten years since the U.S. bishops passed the Dallas Charter. Survivors reflect on how far the Church has come, and how much further it needs to go.

WEB+ The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

Video interview with Peter Isely

Additional articles on the sex-abuse crisis
Lord, Have Mercy
John Celichowski, OFM Cap

This lawyer and friar offers a spiritual approach to the sex-abuse crisis: the spiritual works of mercy.

WEB+ Spiritual and corporal works of mercy
Through the Eyes of Jesus
Father Roger Vermalen Karban

Jesus challenges us to see everything in front of us, not simply what we may prefer to see.

Lucky Exodus
Alicia von Stamwitz

A trip to her homeland put this author face-to-face with the reality of the Cuban people.






to St. Anthony Messenger Print Edition




Rita of Cascia: Like Elizabeth Ann Seton, Rita of Cascia was a wife, mother, widow and member of a religious community. Her holiness was reflected in each phase of her life. 
<p>Born at Roccaporena in central Italy, Rita wanted to become a nun but was pressured at a young age into marrying a harsh and cruel man. During her 18-year marriage, she bore and raised two sons. After her husband was killed in a brawl and her sons had died, Rita tried to join the Augustinian nuns in Cascia. Unsuccessful at first because she was a widow, Rita eventually succeeded. </p><p>Over the years, her austerity, prayerfulness and charity became legendary. When she developed wounds on her forehead, people quickly associated them with the wounds from Christ's crown of thorns. She meditated frequently on Christ's passion. Her care for the sick nuns was especially loving. She also counseled lay people who came to her monastery. </p><p>Beatified in 1626, Rita was not canonized until 1900. She has acquired the reputation, together with St. Jude, as a saint of impossible cases. Many people visit her tomb each year.</p> American Catholic Blog Your sins are great? Just tell the Lord: Forgive me, help me to get up again, change my heart! –Pope Francis

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