Publications


Spreading hope, trust, the center of next World Communications Day

Spreading hope, trust, the center of next World Communications Day Vatican City, Sep 29, 2016 / 08:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Announced Thursday, this year’s World Day of Social Communications will focus on the theme of spreading hope and trust in the “Good News” of Jesus Christ and salvation. “’Fear not, for I am with you’ (Is 43:5) Communicating hope and trust in our time,” was announced as the theme for 2017 by the Pontifical Council of Social Communication in a communique from the Vatican Sept. 29. When those in the field of communication are......

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Overcome spiritual desolation through prayer, not pills or drink

Pope Francis said silence and prayer is the way to overcome our darkest moments, rather than resorting to pills or alcoholic drinks to escape from our woes. His comments came during his homily at the morning Mass celebrated on Tuesday at the Santa Marta residence.  Taking his cue from the day’s first reading where Job was living through a spiritual desolation and was giving vent to his sorrows before God, the Pope’s homily focused on these dark moments of spiritual desolation that all of us experience at some point and explained how we......

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Pope tells ambassadors to serve in humility, not get lost in politics

Pope tells ambassadors to serve in humility, not get lost in politics Vatican City, Sep 17, 2016 / 09:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a special Jubilee audience with nearly all of his 108 ambassadors around the world, Pope Francis thanked them for their dedication, and encouraged them to continue their work in humble service, without getting caught up in useless politics. “(You are) the link between the Successor of Peter and the different local Churches to whom you are bearers and artisans of that communion which is sap for the life of the......

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Pope to new bishops: ‘Make mercy pastoral with thrill of being loved first’

Pope to new bishops: ‘Make mercy pastoral with thrill of being loved first’ Pope Francis addressed new bishops in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, telling them to ‘make mercy pastoral’ – ANSA (Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis addressed newly-appointed bishops in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall on Friday, reminding them of the thrill of being loved in advance by God and exhorting them to ‘make mercy pastoral’. The audience came at the end of formation course for new bishops organized by the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. Make mercy pastoral, for......

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CHURCH EXPANSION TENDER 2016

TENDER Tenders are invited from Qualified Contractors for the re-construction of the new Church building. Prospective Contractors must have registered and experienced Engineers and Builders. Technical and financial bids are requested from each tenderer. Instruction to tender, working drawings and Bill of Quantities are to be collected from the Parish Office between Monday, September 19, 2016 to Saturday, October 01, 2016 with a non –refundable fee of N15,000                 Tender opening will be on the final date of submission by 12noon.  ...

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Man rams car through police barrier into St. Peter's Square

  52 Vatican City, Sep 17, 2016 / 08:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A mentally ill man rammed his car through a police checkpoint at St. Peter’s Square on Friday evening, demanding to meet with Pope Francis.The 64-year-old Italian man was immediately stopped by police officers. No one was injured in the incident, according to the Italian publication Il Messaggero. The man entered the area of the colonnade near the Paul VI Hall. After breaking through the security barriers, he exited his car and began ranting, saying, “I want to see the Pope.” According......

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Christians in Nigeria are essentially 'target practice'

Christians in Nigeria are essentially ‘target practice’ – here’s one bishop’s response Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need/James Nicholls. By Adelaide Mena Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2016 / 06:29 am (CNA).- For Bishop Matthew Kukah, persecution is not just the history of the Church. It’s a reality that he lives every day. In the diocese of Sokoto, located in northern Nigeria, ministry includes not only the normal sacramental and pastoral concerns of any other diocese. It also includes regularly responding to violence and attacks against the small Christian......

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The story of a (happy) 32-year-old virgin

Kate Bryan is a 32-year-old woman who has chosen to save sex for marriage. Read the story below: I’m a 32-year-old virgin, and I’m living the feminist dream Kate Bryan, the author of this piece, believes in waiting for marriage to have sex. (Courtesy of Kate Bryan) My name is Kate. I’m 32 years old. I’ve never had sex. When I was young, I always imagined I would be married by 25 and have a brood of kids. Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew to “make disciples,” and I thought it would......

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Saint of the Day for September 8: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Story of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary The Church has celebrated Mary’s birth since at least the sixth century. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. The September 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s birth. However, the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James fills in the gap. This work has no historical value, but it does reflect the development of Christian piety. According to this account,......

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

THE BIRTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2016 The Catholic Church celebrates today the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary on its traditional fixed date of September 8, nine months after the December 8 celebration of her Immaculate Conception as the child of Saints Joachim and Anne. The circumstances of the Virgin Mary’s infancy and early life are not directly recorded in the Bible, but other documents and traditions describing the circumstances of her birth are cited by some of the earliest Christian writers from the first centuries of the......

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