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Daughter of Charity Sr. Carol Keehan announced on Oct. 30 her retirement as president and CEO of Catholic Health Association of the United States, effective June 30, 2019. Named to the post in 2005, Keehan has been a leading voice in promoting access to health care for all, especially the poor and vulnerable. Catholic health care comprises more than 2,200 hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, systems, sponsors and related organizations across the country.

The acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Catholic woman sentenced to hang for blasphemy, is to be challenged in the country's Supreme Court, her husband told the BBC Nov. 4. The court had ordered on Oct. 31 that the 2010 death sentence be set aside. Bibi's husband added that he was "hopeful" and "confident" that the court would dismiss the appeal.

The government of East Timor, one of Asia's most Catholic countries, is blocking a trip by its president, Francisco Guterres, to the Vatican, where he plans to invite Pope Francis to visit the country. The president and government have been in a standoff since June, when the leading party, the Alliance for Progress and Change, presented its candidates for the nation's ministry for presidential approval. Guterres has refused to endorse nine of them, claiming they are under suspicion or investigation for corruption.

In an Oct. 22 statement, the Byzantine Ruthenian Eparchy of Parma in Ohio said Fr. Basil Hutsko, 64, was placed on administrative leave from St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Merrillville, Indiana, "in response to a credible accusation of sexual misconduct involving a minor that allegedly occurred 35 years or longer ago." The accusation was investigated in 2004 but ended after failing to find substantiating evidence. In August, Hutsko made news when he claimed he was assaulted as he prepared to celebrate morning liturgy. Law enforcement has now determined the attack never happened.

New York Auxiliary Bishop John Jenik has been removed from public ministry pending a Vatican review of a decades-old accusation of sexual abuse against him, a claim he denies, after the "Lay Review Board concluded that the evidence is sufficient to find the allegation credible and substantiated," the New York Archdiocese said in a letter released Oct. 31. The letter is said to have been sent to parishioners of Our Lady of Refuge in the Bronx, where Jenik was the pastor until late October.

Caption: Sr. Carol Keehan --NCR/Toni-Ann Ortiz

Caption: Francisco Guterres --CNS

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Date:Nov 16, 2018
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