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Ukrainian Catholic leader reconsecrates nation to Mary's protection

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:11
On April 6, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church renewed the consecration of Ukraine to the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk did so ...

English cardinal, Anglican primate urge prayer, service on behalf of the poor

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:59
Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury have launched a weeklong initiative of prayer for, and service to, the poor. "It started when we had a ...

Philippine high court upholds reproductive health law

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:44
The Supreme Court of the Philippines has upheld the constitutionality of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 but struck down some of the act's provisions, ...

Pakistani Christian couple sentenced to death on blasphemy charges

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:22
A Pakistani Christian couple has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, according to multiple media reports. Emmanuel and Shagufta Shafqat Kausar of Gojra were found guilty of ...

Supreme Court declines appeal of ruling on Christian photographer and same-sex wedding

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:57
The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a New Mexico court's ruling that it is illegal for a photography business owned by a Christian to refuse to photograph a ...

Jordan's king meets with Pope

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:27
Pope Francis received King Abdullah II of Jordan in audience at the Domus Sanctae Marthae on the afternoon of April 7. The Pontiff will celebrate Mass at a stadium in Amman, Jordan's ...

CROSS PEACE - One Bread, One Body, Apr 8, 2014

Numbers 21:4-9 | Psalm 102:2-3, 16-21 | John 8:21-30

"Where I am going you cannot come." —John 8:21

Jesus told His sinful audience that He was going somewhere that they couldn't come (Jn 8:21). One possible way to interpret this saying is to identify His destination as the cross. In our old, sinful nature, we "cannot come" (Jn 8:21) to the ... More

New York abortion clinics rarely inspected, <i>Post</I> finds

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 17:37
Abortion clinics in New York are rarely inspected by public-health officials, the New York Post reports. Of the 25 abortion clinics listed by the public-health department, eight were ...

Teach prayer, fidelity, chastity, Pope urges bishops of Tanzania

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 16:05
Meeting on April 7 with a group of bishops from Tanzania who were concluding their ad limina visits to Rome, Pope Francis said that Church leaders in Africa should "foster the missionary ...

Brazilian organizers of World Youth Day receive papal thanks, encouragement

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:57
Pope Francis met on April 7 with the organizing committee for the 28th World Youth Day events held last July in Rio de Janeiro, and offered his thanks for their efforts. The Pope told ...

Abuse victims protest Milwaukee archdiocesan plan for reorganization after bankruptcy

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:51
A restructuring plan offered by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which is seeking to emerge from bankruptcy, has been condemned by a group representing sex-abuse victims as "a morally ...

Denver archdiocese defends new $6.5 million meeting center, residence for archbishop

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:27
The Archdiocese of Denver had defended plans for a $6.5 million construction project to build an archdiocesan center and a new residence for Archbishop Samuel Aquila. The Holy Trinity ...

AP reporter tells students: Pope is a 'conservative Catholic'

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:09
Speaking to a student audience on North Carolina, AP's Vatican correspondent characterized Pope Francis as "a conservative Catholic." Nicole Winfield told a crowd at Elon University ...

Priests, nun kidnapped in Cameroon; Boko Haram suspected

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:14
Two missionary priests and a nun were kidnapped in Cameroon on April 4, and Church officials fear that they may have been abducted by forces of Boko Haram, the terrorist group operating ...

Atlanta's Archbishop Gregory will sell new residence

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:09
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, Georgia, has announced plans to sell his new residence. The archbishop, who came under criticism for spending over $2 million to build a new ...

Missionary priest killed in Homs, Syria

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:59
A Dutch Jesuit priest who had been sheltering Syrian Christians was shot and killed, execution-style, in Homs on April 7. Father Frans van der Lugt, who had lived in Syria for 50 years, ...

Pope Francis will not close Vatican bank, reaffirms its mission

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 06:49
Pope Francis will not close the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), commonly known as the Vatican bank, and has reaffirmed "the importance of the IOR's mission for the good of the ...

Monday, April 7, 2014 Daily Mass Reading

Bible: Daily Readings Audio USCCB - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 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/

Pope Francis visits Roman parish, laments abortion

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 04:59
Pope Francis spent three hours visiting a parish in Rome's Magliana neighborhood on April 6. Before hearing confessions and celebrating Mass, Pope Francis met with different groups from ...

Jesus calls us out of the tomb of our sin, says Pope

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 04:36
In his April 6 Angelus address, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel account of the raising of Lazarus (Jn. 11:1-45). "Christ is not resigned to the sepulchers that we have constructed ...
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