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October 11, 2019
October 11, 2019
A senior legal official in the Vatican has dismissed the idea that a planned “synodal process” in Germany will be “binding,” noting that bishops must exercise their authority in unity and obedience to the authority of the Pope. Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, said the idea that
October 11, 2019
The Vatican hung banners of the Catholic Church’s soon-to-be canonised saints four days before the Mass that would officially recognize that they are in heaven with God. While the hanging of the banners on October 10 did not coincide with the Mass, it did coincide with the kickoff of exhibits, conferences, prayer vigils and other
October 11, 2019
The Polish bishops’ conference has agreed to begin the canonization process for the parents of Saint John Paul II. The Polish episcopate made the announcement on October 10, setting in motion the first steps for the beatification of John Paul II’s father, Karol Wojtyła, and mother, Emilia nee Kaczorowska. The next step will be to
October 11, 2019
Pope Francis will canonize four women alongside John Henry Newman this Sunday. These women – a stigmatist, a mystic, a Roman orphan, and Nobel Peace prize nominee – also proclaimed Christ through their lives and their miracles in a unique way. Mother Mariam Thresia Mother Mariam Thresia (1876-1926) was an Indian mystic and founder of
October 11, 2019
A judge in England has decided that a disabled woman who is pregnant will be fitted with a contraceptive device immediately following her Caesarean section, Premier Christianity has reported. The woman was originally ordered to undergo a forced abortion by another judge, until that ruling was overturned on appeal. Justice MacDonald heard arguments in the case
October 11, 2019
In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI beatified John Henry Newman upon authentication of a first miracle in which a man was healed of an incurable spinal disease by the benefits of the Venerable Newman’s intercessions. Last year, a woman with unstoppable bleeding was cured through the intercessions of the Oxford convert. And so, with two authenticated
October 11, 2019
Poland’s bishops have agreed to open the Cause of St John Paul II’s parents. The Irish government has bowed to pressure to send a representative to Newman’s canonisation. The bishops’ conference of Bangladesh has decided not to create a central office for child protection. Charles Collins identifies “the real revolution” in Bishop Fritz Lobinger’s proposal
October 11, 2019
THE NEO-COLONIALISM OF BISHOP KRÄUTLER There has been considerable venting about “neo-colonialism” in the first week of Synod-2019, the neocolonialists in question being various businesses, often headquartered outside the Amazon region, which are involved in economic development projects in Amazonia. And no doubt some of those enterprises expose a face of private enterprise that needs
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