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S+L BLOG: Noel Ocol



The Vatican announced today that the Pope will once again celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper in a prison, and will wash the feet of 12 inmates as he has done, since the beginning of his pontificate. This time at a former convent built in the 1600s, Regina Coeli, has operated as a prison since the 1890s and currently has more than 900 inmates, of which more than half are non-Italians. ...read more
Today marks the first day of the pre-synod meetings where over 300 young people from all over the world, convened in Rome to have a frank conversation with the Pope about the future of the Catholic church. ...read more
This weekend, the Pope will make a quick trip to the town where St. Padre Pio was born and lived his life, and where his work continues to mark the year of the 50th anniversary of St. Padre Pio’s death, and the 100th year of the appearance of the saint’s visible stigmata. ...read more
While church authorities in El Salvador said they would wait to give details of the Vatican-approved miracle, a Salvadoran newspaper recently published an account of a 35-year-old woman who said it was her husband's prayer asking the intercession of Blessed Romero, that her life. ...read more
March 13 2017, marks the four year anniversary of the election of the relatively unknown Cardinal Bergolio, from Argentina, to the Chair of St. Peter, who, as Pope Francis, has gone on to become one of the most riveting, intriguing and remarkable world leaders of our time. ...read more
What does the retired Pope, Emeritus Pope Benedict, think of Pope Francis, five years into his Papacy? Well, his thoughts are pretty clear: “Criticism against Pope Francis is foolish prejudice”. ...read more
The Philippines is now on high-alert for probable terror attacks in Manila, during this coming Holy Week, as reports surface of a new Islamic State regional leader is intent on taking revenge. ...read more
The first-ever Vatican-Hackathon is a computer programming marathon that starts today at the Vatican, with the full support of the Pope, Vatican offices, and student volunteers from Harvard and MIT. Organisers assures everyone that no firewalls will be breached or other acts of computer piracy committed. ...read more
Let’s begin today with highlights from the Pope’s weekly general audience from Paul VI Hall, where he continued his catechesis on the Mass focusing his attention on the Eucharistic Prayer. Through the Eucharistic prayer, the Pope said, “Christians learn three attitudes: to give thanks always and everywhere, to make one’s life a gift of love, ...read more
Washington DC’s Cardinal, Cardinal Donald Wuerl has issued a detailed, pastoral plan to implement Pope Francis', Amoris Laetitia, in his Archdiocese. This plan is the first of its kind ever to be implemented at the parish level. ...read more