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The CCCB commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, with an ecumenical prayer service. The co-presiders share their sentiments on the event. ...read more
In Rome today, Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday. He reflected on the day’s Gospel, which recounted the parable of the landowner and the wage-earners. The Pope went on to say that the message of that story is this: “In the Kingdom of God there are no idle ...read more
Let’s begin in the US where the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will have one of its very own priests beatified on Saturday, bringing him one step closer to sainthood. Father Stanley Rother will be the first American-born martyr in the history of the Church. The US priest was gunned down in Guatemala in 1981, shortly after ...read more
Pope expressed his closeness to the people of Mexico, after the country was hit by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake yesterday, that killed more than 240 people. ...read more
During the Papal general audience at St. Peter’s Square today, the Pope gave a rather comprehensive and practical guide to help young people, (age 10 to 110),  strive for and practice the virtue of Hope. He gave them a very clear message: No matter where God has planted you, hope. Always hope. In his message, ...read more
The Brothers of Charity Group, will continue to allow its doctors to continue perform euthanasia despite Pope's orders. The Superior-General of the Catholic order,  Brother Rene Stockman, upset about the board's decision, solicited Vatican intercession resulting in the Papal ultimatum that the group reverse their decision and sign a declaration condemning euthanasia or face sanctions under Canon law. ...read more
Reflecting on the day’s Gospel, which narrates the parable of the unforgiving servant, the Pope urged all Christians to open their hearts to forgiveness, and said that to be able to build peace, one must be able to forgive. “Forgiveness does not deny the injustice one has been subjected to”, the Pope said, “but it acknowledges the fact, that the human being, created in the image of God, is always superior to the wrong that is committed." Commenting on Jesus’ invitation to forgive “not seven times, but seventy-seven times,” the Pope said, it means, “that Christians are called always to show forgiveness." ...read more
Pope gave this piece of advise to new bishops who were in Rome for an annual Vatican training sessions for new bishops. Read about it here. ...read more
In the Philippines, Manila's Cardinal, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, has asked for all church bells at the archdiocese to be rung every evening, starting this Thursday, to remember the thousands of people killed in the government's campaign against drug dealers and addicts. The Manila Archdiocese now joins a long list of dioceses across the country, that started commemorating the deaths by tolling church bells nightly. ...read more
Immediately following the Papal trip to Colombia, organizers are now finalizing the last minute details for the Pope’s next Apostolic trip, which is just over two months away. This time, the Pope’s travels, will bring the world’s attention to Bangladesh and Myanmar. This report now from Devin Watkins at Vatican Radio. Both of these Asian ...read more