December 15, 2017
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Maine bishop designates day of penance for abuse

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — The head of Maine’s Roman Catholic diocese has set aside a day of penance and prayer to help heal the wounds of past incidents of clergy sexual abuse.

Bishop Richard Malone says Tuesday has been designated as a “day of atonement” for past abuses.

During the day, Malone will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland with a focus on penance and prayer.

The diocese says priests and parishioners are invited to participate, and that pastors and administrators throughout the diocese are being urged to open their churches for at least a few hours during the day for people to join in prayer and acts of penance.

 


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