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November 17, 2016
November 17, 2016
St Claude la Colombière and St Margaret Mary Alacoque helped us to pray for a renewed trust in God
November 17, 2016
Pope Francis tells officials of Caritas Internationalis that the world needs a 'revolution of tenderness'
November 17, 2016
Last weekend all the Holy Doors around the world – from a humble tent in the Iraqi city of Erbil to the gold-ceilinged Basilica of St Mary Major in Rome – were closed. All, that is, except one: the Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica. This Sunday, the last day of the Year of Mercy,
November 17, 2016
✣ Highlights from the week online A breakthrough in Vietnam? Not just yet The media is focused on a possible breakthrough between China and the Vatican. But there’s another diplomatic agreement on the cards, said Gerard O’Connell at America magazine. Vietnam and the Holy See may be “close to establishing diplomatic relations”. Six million Vietnamese –
November 17, 2016
✣ Trump wins Catholic vote by clear margin What happened? Media coverage in the run-up to the US election made much of Donald Trump’s “Catholic problem” – but exit polls revealed that Catholics voted 52 per cent for the president-elect and only 45 per cent for Hillary Clinton. The election continued a trend of a majority
November 17, 2016
Thousands of people flocked to venerate the relics of two Sacred Heart saints in London last week. The relics of St Margaret Mary Alacoque and St Claude de la Colombière SJ, from Paray-le-Monial, France, arrived at the Jesuit Farm Street Church before stopping off at Our Lady of Victories, Kensington, Wormwood Scrubs prison, Tyburn Convent,
November 17, 2016
Pro-lifers are facing a “rise in censorship” at universities, according to a group that supports pro-life societies. Hundreds of students have called for a pro-life group at Cardiff to be disbanded while a motion at Newcastle University’s student union urged that a pro-life society there be “de-ratified”. The cases were reported by the Alliance of
November 17, 2016
Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has called for mercy and an end to deportations as he led religious leaders in an interfaith prayer service for peace and unity following the US election. He said that, with the election result, children “are afraid” and “men and women are worried and anxious, thinking about where they
November 17, 2016
Pope Francis has said that the Mass reformed at the Second Vatican Council is here to stay and that to speak of the“reform of the reform” is an error. He made the comment in a new interview given to introduce a collection of his homilies and speeches while Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The book, published
November 17, 2016
Iraqi priests have been celebrated Masses in churches liberated from ISIS. Masses were held in the towns of Bashiqa, Qaraqosh and Bartella for the first time since the invasion of Islamic State militants two years ago. “We are so happy at the liberation,” said Fr Elkhoury Alfaran Elkhoury of Bashiqa. “They want to give a
November 17, 2016
An American diocese has said it is investigating the incident of a pro-life priest who placed the body of an aborted baby on an altar and broadcast it on Facebook Live to get people to vote for Donald Trump, causing what the diocese called “the desecration of the altar”. Bishop Patrick Zurek of Amarillo said:
November 17, 2016
Vatican Nativity to include fishing boat The Vatican Nativity scene will feature a replica of a Maltese fishing boat. The Vatican’s governing office said the boat was meant to represent tradition but also serve as a reminder of “the realities of migrants who in those very waters sail on makeshift boats to Italy”. Rome’s jubilee
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