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"The focus of the Curia," the Pope said, "must be on service and not on self-preservation or maintaining areas of influence and power. But the process itself, brings to mind a 19th-century saying that says, "carrying out reform in Rome is like cleaning an Egyptian Sphinx with a toothbrush." ...read more
The Pope continued his catechesis on the Holy Mass where he said that the different elements of the Mass, including the Liturgy of the Word, the Eucharistic Liturgy, the Introductory Rites, and the Rites of Conclusion, form a single body “and cannot be separated”. His advice: "Don't be late for Mass believing the introductory rites don’t matter and don't calculate how late you can be." ...read more
“Why impose a morality that is no longer working and is almost passé?” This is the statement and argument that Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, is using to bring same-sex marriage to his country, in a move that will bring his government into even deeper conflict with the Church. “I want same-sex marriage", Duterte says, "The problem is we’ll have to change the law. But we can change it. The law says marriage is a union between a man and a woman. I don’t have any problems making it marrying a man, marrying a woman or whatever.” ...read more
Grade 7 students from three inner-city schools in Hamilton, Ontario, gathered at “St Lawrence the Martyr” parish for Mass and then afterward, helped distribute new winter coats to children in need, coats which were purchased by the Knights of Columbus, to "spread the warmth". ...read more
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke responded to false reports yesterday, that the mobile app is now a new way to reach the Pope. He clarified on his Twitter account that: “Reports of the Holy Father using WhatsApp are false. He does not send messages or blessings through this medium."   ...read more
At his weekly General Audience today, Pope Francis told the faithful that missing out on Mass on Sundays means missing an encounter with the Lord. Speaking to those present in the Paul VI Hall for his weekly General Audience, the Pope reflected on the question: “Why go to Mass on Sunday?” Here’s a summary report ...read more
Today, we celebrate the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is an important day of celebration for Catholics because it commemorates one of the most famous apparitions in the world - when Mary appeared to Mexican peasant Juan Diego in 1531. I have for you now, the story and a brief history of that encounter from our friends at the USCCB. ...read more
After days of intense violence and backlash over Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Vatican appeals for wisdom & prudence to prevail. In a statement issued by the Vatican Press Office yesterday, the Holy See "reiterates its own conviction that only a negotiated solution between Israel and Palestine can bring a stable and lasting peace and guarantee the peaceful coexistence of two states within internationally recognized borders. Last week’s announcement to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, sparked anti-U.S. protests throughout Asia and the Middle East, including four days of violent protest in the Palestinian territories. ...read more
A giant nativity scene and Christmas tree was inaugurated at St Peter’s Square in a public ceremony that drew thousands. The nativity scene featured 2-meter tall statues, in 18th-century Neapolitan costumes inspired by the theme of the Works of Mercy and was donated by an Abbey from southern Italy.The annual Christmas tree itself is a giant 28-meter red fir, provided by the Archdiocese of Elk in Poland and was transported over 2000 kilometers across Europe and Italy, before arriving at the Vatican. The tree was decorated with stars and ornaments designed and made by young cancer patients from several Italian hospitals.  Both the tree and the nativity scene will remain in St Peter’s Square until the evening of January 7th, as the Church ends the Christmas season with the feast of The Lord’s Baptism. ...read more
WYD organizers announced this morning that the WYD Cross has been fitted with a GPS so that its pilgrimage around the world can be followed on their website. ...read more