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Pope addresses West African bishops with �small, fragile' flocks

Catholic News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 06:56
Pope Francis addressed the bishops of four West African nations with significant Muslim populations and encourage them in their witness to Christ. Quoting Pope Benedict XVI, Pope ...

Coptic patriarch renews call for common Easter date

Catholic News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 06:43
The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church has renewed his call for a common date among all Christians for the celebration of Easter. Patriarch Tawadros II made his remarks in Vienna on ...

Pope recalls 25th anniversary of Berlin Wall's fall

Catholic News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:43
Following his November 9 Angelus address, Pope Francis recalled the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. "Twenty-five years ago, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, ...

Pope Francis: pray for the grace to live in accord with the faith

Catholic News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:36
Pope Francis reflected on the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, his diocesan cathedral, during his November 9 Angelus address. "We profess, in the unity of the faith, the ...

In address to scouts, Pope stresses importance of family, creation

Catholic News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 05:18
Pope Francis met with members of the Italian Adult Catholic Scout Movement on November 8 and encouraged them to be "missionary disciples" who pray and listen to God's word. The ...

Evangelize the young, Pope tells Salesian Sisters

Catholic News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 04:58
Pope Francis met with participants in the Salesian Sisters' general chapter on November 8 and encouraged them to "waste time" in front of the tabernacle so as to be effective evangelizers ...

8 beatification causes advance

Catholic News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 04:42
In a November 7 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope approved decrees on the heroic virtues of eight servants of God, who may now be honored with ...

Pope names new �foreign minister,' prefect of Apostolic Signatura; Cardinal Burke given new position

Catholic News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 06:54
The Holy See Press Office announced on November 8 that Pope Francis has named Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States, as the prefect of the ...

Kenya: priest, 4 others found guilty of killing bishop

Catholic News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 17:19
A Kenyan court has convicted five men, including a Catholic priest, for the murder of Bishop Luigi Locati in 2005. Father Peter Guyo Wago Malley was found guilty of planning the killing ...

Pope urges common Christian witness to oppose secularism, indifference

Catholic News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 17:12
Pope Francis spoke of the need for "clear testimony of unity between Christians" in a November 7 address to participants in an ecumenical conference organized by the Focolare movement. ...

Religious life should focus on witness, not ideology, Pope tells Italian superiors

Catholic News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 14:00
The Church grows by attracting people rather than by proselytizing, Pope Francis said in a November 7 address to a gather of Italian superiors of religious orders. Pope Francis ...

US appeals court upholds state laws against same-sex marriage, pushing question to Supreme Court

Catholic News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 13:52
A US federal appeals court has upheld state laws defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The decision, conflicting directly with other appeals-court findings, virtually ...

Cardinal Kasper: don't claim to speak for the Pope

Catholic News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 13:40
Cardinal Walter Kasper told an audience at the Catholic University of America that Catholics should not claim that they are speaking for the Pope. Cardinal Kasper--who, ironically, ...

Kenyan bishops find that women were unknowingly sterilized in vaccination campaign

Catholic News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 13:35
The Catholic bishops of Kenya have revealed that young women have been sterilized without their knowledge as part of a vaccination campaign sponsored by UNICEF and the World Health ...

New CD set of 2013 conclave music

Catholic News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:43
Deutsche Grammophon, in collaboration with the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Radio, will soon release a two-CD set entitled "Habemus Papam." The discs contain music from the 2013 conclave ...

Caritas assisted nearly 800,000 people following Philippine typhoon

Catholic News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:33
Caritas, the Church's confederation of relief and development agencies, has assisted nearly 800,000 people in the Philippines in the year since Typhoon Haiyan killed over 6,000 people and ...

Belfast business owner faces prosecution over refusal to make cake promoting same-sex marriage

Catholic News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 07:12
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, where same-sex marriage is not legal, has vowed to prosecute the manager of a baking company who refused to bake a cake with the message, ...

Vatican official reflects on the �vocation of agriculture'

Catholic News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:57
Taking the place of Cardinal Peter Turkson, an official of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace delivered an address in Minnesota on November 5 on the vocation of ...

Cardinal Burke renews criticism of Cardinal Kasper's proposal, interim synod report

Catholic News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:40
In remarks made in recent days, Cardinal Raymond Burke emphasized his opposition to Cardinal Walter Kasper's proposed to admit those who have remarried to Holy Communion. In Vienna, ...

Pope tells Malawi's bishops: preach the truths of the faith, promote family stability

Catholic News - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:13
In an audience with bishops from Malawi, Pope Francis praised the southeastern African nation for its strong family life. "I wish also to express my appreciation for the admirable ...
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