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09
Oct 2016
Proposed synod on married priests ‘was voted down by Pope’s advisers’

Proposed synod on married priests ‘was voted down by Pope’s advisers’. The synod will instead focus on ‘Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment’ The topic of the next synod has been announced as “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment”, according to a Vatican statement released today.But according to one respected Vatican journalist, the synod – a meeting of bishops which will take place in 2014 – was nearly dedicated to a different theme: priestly celibacy. Edward Pentin, Vatican correspondent of the National Catholic Register,reported that Pope Francis was “known to be keen” for the......

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29
Sep 2016
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......

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17
Sep 2016
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.”......

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01
Sep 2016
Which of these Sins Are YOU guilty of?

List of Sins Catholics have become numb to – Which of these Sins Are YOU guilty of? -By Kenya Sinclair Every faithful Catholic is guilty of some sort of sin. No one but our Lord and Holy Mother have ever been perfect, so which sins are the ones believers most often struggle with and what can we do to stop? Catholics are just as susceptible to sin as anyone else but the difference is we have the Word of God to bring us back and into the arms of our merciful and......

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31
Aug 2016
Requiem Mass

Requiem Mass for victims of earthquake in Italy   Bishop Domenico Pompili of Rieti embraces the Sergio Pirozzi, the Mayor of Amatrice, during the Requiem Mass for victims of last week’s earthquake in central Italy. – ANSA (Vatican Radio) Italy held a state funeral in pouring rain on Tuesday for some of the victims of an earthquake which levelled mountain communities last week, killing at least 292 people. Hundreds of mourners sheltered in a marquee or under umbrellas at the service for 28 victims, including two children, in the outskirts of the......

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12
Aug 2016
LATEST ON THE MURDERED SEMINARIAN

Catholic charity to support seminarians across the world after murder of Fr Hamel Following the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel, the Italian arm of Aid to the Church in Need is launching a campaign to support the training of 1,000 newtpriests around the world. The Catholic charity, which is dedicated to supporting persecuted Christians, will fund seminarian studies for future priests in 21 dioceses of countries including Nigeria, Cuba, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and India. Alessandro Monteduro, director of ACN in Italy, told Catholic News Agency: “Support for the formation......

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08
Aug 2016
Gymnast Simone Biles brings prayer to Rio

Gymnast Simone Biles laughs as she poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit in Beverly Hills, Calif., on March 7, 2016. (Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) On the seventh day, Simone Biles rests. That’s the day the world gymnastics champion, who has a clear shot at the medal podium in Rio, goes to church with her family. Biles, a first-time Olympian, is Catholic. She has said she routinely lights a candle to St. Sebastian, the patron saint of athletes and of Rio, before each meet. Faith has been a......

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07
Aug 2016
God, religion and the Olympic Games

The XXXI Olympic Games, the 16-day athletic love-fest kicking off to a samba beat in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, are a secular endeavor featuring more fanfare than faith, more spectacle than spirit. But it was not always so. The Olympics — both the long-gone ancient version and the modern version unspooling this month — have deep religious and spiritual roots, which, some scholars say, are in jeopardy as every host city tries to go bigger, better and more memorable than the last. “The Olympic Games is the international sports event because of the......

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06
Aug 2016
Rio de Janeiro cardinal receives, blesses Olympic torch

Cardinal Orani Joao Tempesta holds the Olympic torch with former Olympian Isabel Salgado in Rio, Aug. 4, 2016. Credit: Gustavo de Oliveira/ArqRio. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 5, 2016 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the shadows of the emblematic statue of Christ the Redeemer, the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Cardinal Orani Joao Tempesta, blessed the Olympic torch and wished for games of fraternity and peace. The cardinal’s blessing of the torch at Christ the Redeemer marked the final day of the torch’s 95-day journey across Brazil to the Olympic stadium......

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06
Aug 2016
Pope Francis tells parishes: the confessional light should always be on

Pope Francis tells parishes: the confessional light should always be on The role of the traditional parish church fiercely defended by Pope FrancisPope Francis has emphasised the importance of a “confessional with the light on” in attracting people to the Church. In a robust defence of the traditional parish model, the Pope maintained that the parish “remains valid”, before adding “The problem is how it is organised.He asked: “How do we greet people? How attentive are we to them? Is someone always in the confessional? In parishes – not those in the......

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