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September 30, 2019
September 30, 2019
In his Monday morning homily at the Vatican’s Santa Marta guesthouse, Pope Francis said the vibrant presence of elderly and young people in communities demonstrates the presence of God. “The abundance of elderly people and children. This is the sign that when a people care for the old and for the young, and consider them
September 30, 2019
“Do not be afraid to bear witness to Jesus even where it is uncomfortable or inconvenient,” Pope Francis has told missionaries. Sandro Magister argues that the new movements “are everywhere in decline, in some cases ruinously so”. Barbie Latza Nadeau says “there may be no more important meeting in Francis’s entire papacy” than the Amazon
September 30, 2019
Blessed John Henry Newman offers an important witness for the Catholic Church in England during difficult times, and is a patron for the call of every Catholic to “missionary discipleship”, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has said. “Cardinal Newman faced difficult times and circumstances. So do we. At this moment,
September 30, 2019
Three new dioceses have been carved out of the Archdiocese of Mexico, a move Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes of Mexico City said will bring pastors “closer to the all the inhabitants.” The decision, announced on September 27, creates the dioceses of Azcapotzalco in northwest Mexico City; Iztapalapa, the Mexican capital’s largest borough; and Xochimilco, in
September 30, 2019
Pope Francis met Fr James Martin, SJ, in a private audience in the apostolic palace inside the Vatican. Martin said on Twitter on September 30 that his meeting with Pope Francis lasted 30 minutes, and that he shared with him “the joys and hopes, and the griefs and anxieties, of LGBT Catholics and LGBT people
September 30, 2019
Pope Francis has declared the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time to be the Sunday of the Word of God in order to promote a closer relationship with holy scripture and its dissemination in the world. “A day devoted to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a year-long event, for
September 30, 2019
Coming soon to a church near you: a sea of backlit mobile phone and tablet screens creating a fittingly reverential aura round the People of God. I often think of the Catholic Church as resembling a symphony orchestra, and my forecast is based on the news of the BBC Philharmonic’s recent technological initiative. From the
September 30, 2019
Moving from blogging about Gabriele Kuby’s book, Abuse of Sexuality in the Catholic Church to blogging about Douglas Murray’s new book, The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity raises interesting parallels. Kuby is looking at that ancient and most enduring guardian of dogmatic truth, the Catholic Church, and asking what has gone wrong: why
September 30, 2019
Gabriele Kuby’s new book, Abuse of Sexuality in the Catholic Church (Divine Providence Press) includes an anecdote which shows up in pitiable relief the glory of the Catholic priesthood and its degradation in in some highly publicised instances today. Recalling a film made about Pope John XXIII in 1965 by Harry Salzmann she writes that
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