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Embryo switch rouses fears in Roman assisted-fertility treatment

Catholic News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:18
Reports that a woman was implanted with another couple's twin embryos have caused fears among Italian couples seeking fertility treatment. Sandro Pertini Hospital in Rome, where the ...

Irish columnist fears for safety after being called 'homophobic'

Catholic News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:12
A leading Irish newspaper columnist has reported that he has trouble sleeping, has lost weight, fears for his safety, and may move out of Dublin because of harassment and threats he has ...

Chilean fire victims receive papal message of condolence

Catholic News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:58
Pope Francis has sent a message of condolence to the victims of a fire that spread through Valparaiso, Chile, killing at least 12 people and driving 10,000 from their homes. In a ...

Nigerian prelate deplores �aimless' violence of Boko Haram

Catholic News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:39
A Nigerian prelate has decried the increasingly destructive attacks committed by the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram. Boko Haram "continues to kill people like animals," ...

New Scottish bishop lives in low-income housing area

Catholic News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:31
A newly installed Scottish bishop has taken up residence in a parish house in a low-income housing area, rather than in the more opulent episcopal residence. "[Pope] Francis dreams, and ...

Caritas appeal for Senegal

Catholic News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:04
Caritas Internationalis, the Church's confederation of relief and development agencies, has issued an appeal on behalf of Senegal. "Recent poor harvests, climatic factors, natural ...

Ecumenical Patriarch exhorts Ukrainians to unity

Catholic News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:52
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, who holds a primacy of honor in Eastern Orthodoxy, issued a Palm Sunday message to civil and Church leaders in Ukraine. "The Holy Mother and Great ...

Melkite patriarch welcomes Syrian government's victory in historic Christian town

Catholic News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:23
The head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church has welcomed the Syrian government's victory over rebel forces in the historic Christian town of Ma'loula. Rebel forces seized the town in ...

Venezuelan cardinal decries trend toward �Cubanization'

Catholic News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:05
In a television appearance, Venezuela's leading prelate criticized socialism and denounced trends toward "Cubanization," the Fides news agency reported. Referring to officials f the ...

President Obama reflects on meeting with Pope Francis

Catholic News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:40
In remarks delivered at the annual White House Easter prayer breakfast, President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting with Pope Francis. After lamenting the murder of three ...

South Sudan's Christian leaders appeal for peace

Catholic News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 07:28
Warning of a humanitarian catastrophe, South Sudan's Catholic and Protestant leaders urged the parties in the nation's four-month-old conflict to stop fighting. "We called on the ...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:00
Daily Mass Readings from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States of America.

You can also read Daily Readings and view Daily Reflections by visiting www.usccb.org/bible/readings/

"LAY" MINISTRY - One Bread, One Body, Apr 15, 2014

Holy Week
Isaiah 49:1-6 | Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17 | John 13:21-33, 36-38

"You will lay down your life for Me, will you?" —John 13:38

Peter promised Jesus he would lay down his life for Him (Jn 13:37). That same night, Peter lay weeping bitterly after realizing he had denied Jesus three times (Lk 22:62). Judas probably didn't intend to betray Jesus when he began following Him. ... More

Scriptural Stations of the Cross

The Scriptural Stations of the Cross will feed us spiritually. Several Scripture passages are quoted for each station. We give little or no commentary but let the Scriptures speak for themselves.

Knights Help Provide Prosthetic Upgrades to Boston Marathon Bombing Amputees

News from the Knights of Columbus - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 00:00
One year after the Boston marathon bombing, the Knights of Columbus Stand With Boston Program is providing assistance for people who lost limbs in that tragic event.

Task force finds major flaws in handling abuse complaints in Minnesota archdiocese

Catholic News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 17:17
A special task force has reported "serious shortcomings" in the handling of sex-abuse complaints in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese. The Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards ...

Newark archbishop under fire for planned addition to residence

Catholic News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 15:06
More than 22,000 people have signed a petition protesting plans by Archbishop John Myers of Newark, New Jersey, to build an expensive new addition to his personal residence. Archbishop ...

Vatican dismisses abuse charge against Puerto Rican bishop

Catholic News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:58
The Vatican has dismissed sex-abuse charges made against a Puerto Rican bishop. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith examined a complaint against Bishop Daniel Fernandez ...

SSPX leader rips Cardinal Kasper's proposal on Communion for divorced/remarried Catholics

Catholic News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:48
The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has denounced a proposal by Cardinal Walter Kasper for allowing the reception of Communion by Catholics who are divorced and ...
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