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Washington D.C., Mar 4, 2015 / 02:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Can numbers say something about the future of Christianity? George Weigel thinks so. 12 hours 7 min
Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2015 / 10:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Later this month Pope Francis will head to Pompeii: a city which lays claim to the curious story of a former Satanist priest – now on the way to sainthood – and his miracle-working Marian devotion. 1 day 4 hours
Chicago, Ill., Mar 3, 2015 / 08:04 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pro-life leader, Catholic commentator, and University of Notre Dame law professor Charles E. Rice was commemorated at a requiem Mass Monday, as his friends and admirers remembered his "countless" contributions. 1 day 6 hours
Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2015 / 07:01 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed San Francisco's native auxiliary bishop, Robert W. McElroy, as the new head of the archdiocese of San Diego.
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Washington D.C., Mar 3, 2015 / 07:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Christian groups lead the world in a sobering statistic: they suffer harassment in more countries than any other religious group.
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Washington D.C., Mar 3, 2015 / 06:54 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Asia poses unique challenges to the spreading of the Catholic faith and the Church must respond by evangelizing through personal encounters, insisted the leading Filipino cardinal. 1 day 7 hours
Miao, India, Mar 3, 2015 / 06:01 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A remote diocese under the shadow of the Himalayas joined hands with Pope Francis' prayer for persecuted Christians in the Middle East on Sunday through a special candlelight prayer service. 1 day 8 hours
Karachi, Pakistan, Mar 3, 2015 / 04:03 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Archdiocese of Karachi, based in Pakistan's largest city, held a Lenten seminar last month to help the faithful there revitalize their faith life and to meaningfully prepare for Easter. 1 day 10 hours
South Bend, Ind., Mar 3, 2015 / 02:16 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The University of Notre Dame mourned the death of its former president Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., prompting outpourings of appreciation and remembrance for his deeply influential and sometimes controversial legacy. 1 day 11 hours
Vatican City, Mar 2, 2015 / 11:51 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Statutes of the Vatican Council for Economy, Secretariat for the Economy, and General Auditor are in effect since March 1, having been signed Feb. 22 by Msgr. Bryan Wells, assessor of the Secretariat of State. 2 days 2 hours
Vatican City, Mar 2, 2015 / 07:34 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis on Monday encouraged the bishops from northern Africa to dialogue with and encounter other groups, fostering hope for good relations between Muslims and Christians in the region.
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Vatican City, Mar 2, 2015 / 01:06 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The capacity of all men to commit the most despicable of sins should inspire the self-awareness necessary to accept God's mercy and move forward in the Christian life, Pope Francis said.
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  By John Franko Catholic News Service PITTSBURGH — Donald Nohs, who is an expert on the Shroud of Turin, widely believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus, talked to a Pittsburgh audience about the evidence of authenticity for … Continue reading → 12 hours 15 min
Staff Report Catholic Rural Life of St. Marys and Sidney deaneries is encouraging Catholic farming families in those deaneries to apply for enrollment in the Catholic Century Farms Registry. Active Catholic families who have farmed and nurtured the same land … Continue reading → 12 hours 15 min
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Mercy Mary Annice Quinter was celebrated Feb. 7 at St. Clare Church in Cincinnati. Sister Mary Annice, 75, died Jan. 31 at McAuley Convent. She was a Sister of Mercy for 57 … Continue reading → 12 hours 15 min
A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Harry Gerdes will be celebrated March 4 at St. Joseph Church, North Bend, with Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr presiding. Father Gerdes, 79, died Feb. 26 at Bayley Place in Delhi Township. Father Gerdes … Continue reading → 12 hours 15 min
By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Auxiliary Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Francisco has been named to head the Diocese of San Diego by Pope Francis. The appointment was announced in Washington March 3 by Archbishop Carlo Maria … Continue reading → 12 hours 15 min
Press Release Mount St. Joseph University president Tony Aretz has announced his resignation from his leadership role at the liberal arts institution effective with the culmination of this academic year.    “I have been honored the past seven years to lead … Continue reading → 12 hours 15 min
Staff Report The Light is On for You” is today, Tuesday, March 3rd. Today, every parish or pastoral region in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will open its doors from 7 to 9 p.m. for quiet prayer and the Sacrament of … Continue reading → 12 hours 15 min
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When the Bible says, “though your sins be like scarlet” God will make them “white as snow,” it exaggerates, just like God exaggerates in his willingness to forgive people, Pope … Continue reading → 12 hours 15 min
A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Imelda Laub was celebrated Feb. 10 in St. Julie Chapel at Mount Notre Dame convent. Sister Imelda, 97, died Feb. 5 at Mount Notre Dame Health Center in … Continue reading → 12 hours 15 min
A Mass of Christian Burial for Marianist Brother Howard Lohrey was celebrated Jan. 28 at All Saints Church in Cincinnati. Brother Howard, 65, died Jan. 24. A native of Cleveland, Brother Lohrey entered the Marianist novitiate at Marcy, NY, and … Continue reading → 12 hours 15 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph Deacon J. Thomas Wray, 55, will be ordained to the priesthood at 4:30 p.m. March 7 at St. Margaret of York in Mainville by Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr. Wray’s path to the Catholic priesthood … Continue reading → 1 day 12 hours
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY  — Drop the innocent look and the habit of judging others, Pope Francis said; recognizing one’s own faults and failings is the first requirement of being a good Christian. In fact, paradoxically, … Continue reading → 1 day 12 hours
By Doug Weller Catholic News Service SALINA, Kan. — Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York says one of the virtues of rural life is the number of priests who come from country parishes. The Diocese of Salina would seem … Continue reading → 1 day 12 hours
Athenaeum of Ohio Report Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, one of the nine members of the Council of Cardinals advising the pope, will present two lectures on March 11 at the Athenaeum of Ohio. “I know from personal experience that … Continue reading → 1 day 12 hours
By Catholic News Service NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, who led the University of Notre Dame through a period of dramatic growth during his 35 years as president and held sway with political and civil … Continue reading → 1 day 12 hours
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament … Continue reading → 1 day 12 hours
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service ROME  — With the aim of ensuring that the public display of the Shroud of Turin promotes conversion and healing, the archbishop of Turin has given priests throughout the archdiocese special faculties to offer … Continue reading → 1 day 12 hours
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A homeless man who faithfully attended Mass at a church inside Vatican City for decades was buried in a Vatican cemetery after it was discovered he had died and was … Continue reading → 1 day 12 hours
  Staff Report The Light is ON for You! Gather your family and friends and head to church for the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 2, 2015, as every church will be open in the Archdiocese … Continue reading → 1 day 12 hours
  Staff Report As we journey into Lent, we are a week away from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s The Light is ON for you. This is a wonderful night to take advantage of the Sacrament of Penance and spend some … Continue reading → 2 days 12 hours
Staff Report  The word cathedral conjures up images of giant gothic masterpieces that stretch upwards toward the heavens in majesty as an architectural tribute to God. While many cathedrals, including Cincinnati’s Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, are modern marvels … Continue reading → 2 days 12 hours
By Eileen Connelly, OSU The Catholic Telegraph  Bradley Barnes recalls the youth ministers who inspired him when he was a child and in his teenage years. Now he hopes to do the same for the young people at Guardian Angels … Continue reading → 2 days 12 hours

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Covington Catholic High School students who won prizes at the pep rally introducing the school's new STEM program, which will hold its first classes in the fall.

Covington Catholic High School students Tyler Micek, Justin Colvin, and Ryan Lape-Gerwe, who won prizes at the pep rally introducing the school’s new STEM program, which will hold its first classes in the fall.

Famous for its fans, the ““Crazies,” Covington Catholic High School brought that spirit to academics this month at a pep rally for the school’s new STEM (Science,  Technology, Engineering, Math) program, which will debut next year.

Members of the Park Hills (KY) school’s Robotics Club, which finished their first competitive season this year, held a robot battle won by the junior class.

CCHS's robotics team.

CCHS’s robotics team.

Three students won technology-oriented prizes for answering a short STEM quiz: Tyler Micek won a Bluetooth speaker, Ryan Lape-Gerwe a Kindle, and Justin Colvin scored the top prize, an ASUS two-in-one tablet. Prizes were donated by Global Business Solutions and the CCH Alumni Association.

STEM Coordinator Bob Lind praised the Robotics Club, which fielded three teams in competitions this season. One, the RoboColonels, recieved a bid for state. “I am very proud of you all. We had a fantastic first year!” he said. “You have laid the groundwork for future Robotics Teams and the Engineering Program at CCH.”

CCH will hold its first two STEM program classes, introductions to engineering, in the fall. The  curriculum is provided by Project Lead The Way (PLTW), and will allow students to earn college credits by passing the courses.

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"The view from the nave before Mass. The chains that bound Peter in Jerusalem, with the chains that bound him in Rome, are visible below the high altar."

“The view from the nave before Mass. The chains that bound Peter in Jerusalem, with the chains that bound him in Rome, are visible below the high altar.”

Fr. Dan Hess, currently assigned to Rome, shared this reflection on a visit to St. Peter in Chains Basilica last week.

Monday of the first week of Lent: St. Peter in Chains Basilica.

A side view of the altar.

A side view of the altar. Click to enlarge.

As a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the first, most obvious connection is that our Cathedral shares its name with this beautiful basilica in Rome. So my thoughts and prayers are in a particular way with our local church back home.

Fr. Jim Williams, a Marianist who lives at the Casa, led the celebration of the Mass this morning. He challenged us to recognize the chains that we craft, and that we choose, that bind. Yet, of course, God wants nothing more than to free us and for us to courageously go forward like Peter to bring the Gospel and Christ’s hope to others.

Today’s Gospel reading was from Matthew 25, including: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

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Climbing up the hill to the basilica.

Climbing up the hill to the basilica.

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Decrying threats to family life and the terrorism of Boko Haram, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria has issued a statement entitled "Good Families Make Good Nations." "In a ... 1 day 8 hours
Stating that "no persecution can be committed in the name of God," the Bishops' Conference of France has issued a statement decrying the persecution of Christians in the Middle ... 1 day 9 hours
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Pope Francis assured a group of bishops from northern Africa that they have the full support of the universal Church, during a meeting on March 2. The Pope met with members of the ... 1 day 21 hours
A study in the British Medical Journal has found that maternal health statistics are best in jurisdictions with stricter laws regulating abortion. Contradicting an argument that has ... 1 day 21 hours
The Islamic State has released 19 of the more than 200 Syrian Christians who were captured during an offensive last week, after the payment of a large ransom. Estimates of the number of ... 2 days 3 hours
Responding to allegations of excessive spending, the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy has issued a statement saying that its operating expenses have been "below the budget set when ... 2 days 3 hours
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Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, held a press conference on March 2 to highlight the work of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network ... 2 days 8 hours
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Se aprendemos a fazer o bem, Deus perdoa generosamente todo pecado. O que não perdoa é a hipocrisia, a santidade fingida. Assim explicou esta manhã o Santo Padre Francisco, em sua homilia na Missa celebrada em Santa Marta. Os santos aparentes, que diante do céu se preocupam de parece mais do que ser, e os pecador... 22 hours 58 min
“Deus te quer nesse estado de vida, para fazer-te mãe de uma descendência de santos!", assim dizia a tia de Teresa acerca de sua vocação. Profecia esta que viria se cumprir na vida da jovem fundadora da Congregação das Filhas do Sagrado Coração de Jesus. Ana Maria Teresa Eustochio Josefa Catarina Inácia Verzeri n... 22 hours 59 min
Ciclo B Textos: Ex 20, 1-17; 1 Co 1, 22-25; Jo 2, 13-25 Ideia principal: Quais “mercadores” eu tenho que expulsar nesta quaresma que querem traficar com a minha alma, e meu corpo, templo de Deus? Síntese da mensagem: Deus nesta quaresma quer purificar o templo da minha alma e do meu coração, para poder celebr... 22 hours 59 min
No Equador, o 50 por cento dos adolescentes são pais. Por esta razão, o presidente Rafael Correa sugeriu no último sábado a abstinência para evitar as gravidezes nas jovens mulheres. “Estão argumentando que quero impor crenças religiosas, porque coloco como alternativa a abstinência”, disse. Durante o seu discurs... 23 hours 2 min
Os membros dos Conselhos pastorais das paróquias católicas presentes na Jordânia se reuniram sexta-feira, 27 de fevereiro, no Centro Nossa Senhora da Paz em Amã, para dialogar sobre temas e problemas que estarão no centro do próximo Sínodo sobre a Família e responder às 46 perguntas do questionário enviado a todas ... 23 hours 4 min
Cardeal Angelo Amato, prefeito da Congregação para as Causas dos Santos, anunciou que os pais de Santa Teresa de Lisieux, Louis e Zelie Martin, serão canonizado em outubro, coincidindo com o Sínodo da Família que terá lugar no Vaticano. "Graças a Deus em outubro os dois cônjuges serão canonizados, pais de Santa T... 23 hours 22 min
A Polônia vem em auxílio da fome na África. Voluntários da diaconia franciscana de Poznan lançaram uma iniciativa especial nesta quaresma destinada a ajudar os Países mais pobres do Continente negro: o projeto – relata o Sir – prevê a coleta de ofertas em troca de saquinhos de arroz contendo 100 gramas do cereal qu... 23 hours 23 min
A crise na Síria é uma das mais graves das últimas duas décadas, com milhões de pessoas desabrigadas e mais de 210.000 mortos. Nesta entrevista a ZENIT, a irmã Maria de Guadalupe Rodrigo, SSVM, compartilha as experiências vividas no país: "Eu não sabia o que era a guerra… Não dá para imaginar o seu alcance até vi... 23 hours 37 min
O papa Francisco agradeceu à Igreja na Líbia e a todas as comunidades eclesiásticas do norte da África pela sua valentia, presença pacífica e permanência na região apesar dos muitos perigos. A Conferência dos Bispos do Norte de África (CERNA), que agrupa as dioceses de Marrocos, Argélia, Tunísia e Líbia, em visit... 23 hours 40 min
Em vista da celebração dos 500 anos da Reforma, em 2017, a Igreja Católica e a Igreja Protestante na Holanda estão trabalhando em uma declaração conjunta. O anúncio foi do bispo de Groningen-Leeuwarden, Mons. Gerard de Korte, e Arjan Plaisier, secretário da Igreja Protestante na Holanda (PKN) durante um debate em H... 23 hours 40 min
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A partir do próximo 12-15 de março o Secretário de Estado Vaticano, o cardeal Pietro Parolin, fará uma visita oficial à República da Bielorrússia. Quem confirmou essa notícia foi a Conferência Episcopal da Bielorrússia, informando que durante a sua estadia, o cardeal vai abençoar a primeira pedra do novo edifício d... 1 day 10 min
(Vatican Radio) The official programme for Pope Francis’ visit to Pompeii and Naples was published Tuesday by the Vatican Press Office. The one-day visit scheduled for Saturday, 21 March will begin at 7am in the Vatican where the Pope will board a helicopter that will take him to the Shrine of Pompeii where he will gather in prayer.   At 9am Pope Francis is due to arrive in Scampia, an impoverished area close to Naples where he will meet with the community in the John Paul II Square. Midmorning sees the Pope celebrating Mass in Naples’ central Piazza del Plebiscito. A special moment will be dedicated to prison inmates when the Pope travels to the “Giuseppe Salvia” Detention Centre in Poggioreale where he will also share lunch with some of the detainees. In the early afternoon he is scheduled to venerate the relics of Saint Gennaro and meet with the clergy, the religious and the deacons in the city's main Cathedral. Before departing for the Vatican at approximately 6pm, Pope Francis will visit some sick people in the Basilica del Gesù and will meet a group of young people at a venue on the Caracciolo sea-front. He will travel back to the Vatican by helicopter.   (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 3 hours
(Vatican Radio) A press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office Monday morning to present the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM), established in 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil, during a meeting of bishops whose territories include Amazon regions, priests, missionaries of congregations who work in the Amazon jungle, national representatives of Caritas and laypeople belonging to various Church bodies. “We are not talking simply about ecological issues – maintaining the trees which are threatened by the logging that goes on there – it is also about the biodiversity which is also being threatened by the fact when farms are created they basically go monocultural for intensity of production,” said Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Listen to the interview with Cardinal Peter Turkson:  “The indigenous population is also threatened by the fact that their natural habitat is taken away,” he told Vatican Radio. “When they talk about the Amazonian threat, it is not just that the forests are disappearing - and that the source of water and the atmosphere – but the different lifeforms are all under threat,” Cardinal Turkson said. The form in which REPAM is structured is meant to  serve as a model for other local churches in other countries facing similar challenges. “This is an initiative that has been brought over here to put emphasis on the ecclesiality of the initiative,” said Cardinal Turkson. (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 7 hours
(Vatican Radio)  God “generously forgives” those who “learn to do good”, but what he doesn’t forgive is “hypocrisy and fake saints”, said Pope Francis at Mass Tuesday morning in Casa Santa Marta chapel. Pope Francis said that there has never been any doubts that God prefers “sanctified sinners” – people who, despite their past sins, learn how to do a greater good -- to “fake saints” – people who are more concerned with appearing saintly than doing good. The Pope was reflecting on the first reading from Isaiah, which he described as an "invitation and an imperative" that comes directly from God: "Cease to do evil, learn to do good" defending orphans and widows, namely "those who no one remembers".  Pope Francis said this category includes the "abandoned elderly", "children who do not go to school", and those "who do not know how to make the sign of the Cross". Essentially it is an invitation to conversion: "But how can I convert? 'By learning to do right!'. Conversion. You cannot remove the filth of the heart as you would remove a stain: we go to the dry cleaner and leave cleansed ... This filth is removed by 'doing': taking a different path, a different path from that of evil. 'Learn to do right!', That is, the path of doing good. And how do I do good? It’s simple! 'Seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow'. Remember that in Israel the poorest and most needy were orphans and widows: do justice to them, go there to the wounds of humanity, where there is so much pain ... And by doing so, by doing good, you will cleanse your heart ". Pope Francis continued that a cleansed heart is promised God’s forgiveness.  God does not keep account of the sins of those who concretely love their neighbors.  "If you do this, if you take this path to which I invite you - the Lord tells us - 'though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow'. It is an exaggeration, the Lord exaggerates: but it is the truth! The Lord gives us the gift of His forgiveness. The Lord forgives generously. 'I forgive you this much, then we'll see about the rest....' No, no! The Lord always forgives everything! Everything! But if you want to be forgiven, you must set out on the path of doing good. This is the gift! '. Pope Francis went on to say the Gospel of the day, instead, presents the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and Scribes. He was reflecting on people "who say all the right things, but do the exact opposite." "We are all clever and always find a path that is not right, to seem more virtuous than we are: it is the path of hypocrisy".  "They pretend to convert, but their heart is a lie: they are liars! It 'a lie ... Their heart does not belong to the Lord; their heart belongs to the father of all lies, Satan. And this is fake holiness. Jesus preferred sinners a thousand times to these. Why? Because sinners told the truth about themselves. 'Get away from me, Lord, I am a sinner!': Peter once said. One of those [the hypocrites] never says that! 'Thank you Lord, that I am not a sinner, that I am righteous  ... In the second week of Lent we have these three words to think about, to ponder: the invitation to conversion; the gift that the Lord will give us, which is great forgiveness, a great forgiveness; and the trap -- that is, pretending to convert, while choosing the path of hypocrisy". (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 8 hours
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Os responsáveis de algumas organizações católicas da Europa reuniram-se em Paris no dia 26 de fevereiro, na sede da Conferência Episcopal da França, para analisar em conjunto alguns dos desafios mais importantes que eles estão enfrentando no contexto da vida social em diferentes países europeus. Caritas Europa, a... 1 day 23 hours
Por ocasião do 10º aniversário da morte do Pe. Giussani e no 60° aniversário da fundação de CL, o Papa Francisco receberá em audiência todo o movimento, sábado, 7 de março, na Praça de São Pedro, em Roma. A agenda do dia é essa: 8h30 – Abertura da Praça; 10h30 – Começa a espera pelo Papa: oração das Laudes; l... 1 day 23 hours
O comandante da Gendarmaria do Vaticano, Domenico Giani, declarou à revista Polícia Moderna, da própria corporação de segurança, que o papa Francisco é um dos homens mais influentes do mundo e, ao mesmo tempo, um dos mais expostos e vulneráveis a atentados. Perguntado sobre as ameaças do Estado Islâmico à Itália ... 2 days 9 min
É necessário encontrar modalidades que respeitem a dignidade humana para gerir os recursos naturais amazônicos, favorecer o desenvolvimento econômico da região e promover uma gestão governamental inclusiva e democrática, visando o autêntico bem comum da família humana, declarou o cardeal Peter Turkson, presidente d... 2 days 10 min
Após a oração do ângelus deste domingo, o papa Francisco destacou a dramática situação do Iraque, da Síria e da Venezuela, país que ele confiou à especial proteção de Nossa Senhora de Coromoto. “Queridos irmãos e irmãs, lamentavelmente não param de chegar notícias dramáticas da Síria e do Iraque, sobre violências... 2 days 11 min
A revista Polizia Moderna publicou na edição de março uma longa entrevista com Domenico Giani, comandante da Gendarmaria do Vaticano há 9 anos, 16 na ativa no Vaticano, a serviço de três Papas. Uma interessante discussão sobre os problemas enfrentados pelos envolvidos na segurança do Papa Francisco e do Vaticano. ... 2 days 1 hour
Os Bispos da Venezuela pediram às autoridades venezuelanas que detenham a violência e não recorram a “métodos ou armas contrários à legalidade”, referindo-se claramente à morte do jovem de 14 anos Kluiverth Roa, assassinado a tiros por um policial. “Exortamos as autoridades civis, militares e policiais e não empreg... 2 days 1 hour
“Em Roma, junto de São Pedro, São Simplicio, o papa, que, no momento da invasão da Itália pelos bárbaros, confortou os aflitos, incentivou a unidade da Igreja e reforçou a fé”, assim narra o Martirológio Romano sobre Simplício, nascido na cidade de Tivoli e filho de Castino. Sua data de nascimento é desconhecida e ... 2 days 1 hour
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has thanked the Church in Libya and the ecclesial communities in North Africa for their courage and for being a peaceful presence in an area where freedom of conscience is under threat. The Pope was addressing members of the Episcopal Conference of North African Bishops, CERNA,   who are in the Vatican for their Ad Limina visit. CERNA gathers prelates from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni :  “You are one of the peripheries” of the world – Pope Francis said to the Prelates from North Africa - and you are the face and the heart with which God reaches out to the people of this periphery. The courage of Catholics in Libya Noting  that in the past years North Africa has become a land of conquest for more freedom of conscience and dignity as well as a battleground for those who impose change with weapons, the Pope thanked the Church in Libya for the “courage, loyalty and perseverance” shown by clergy, consecrated persons and laypeople who have stood their ground in the face of danger. They are true witnesses of the Gospel, said Francis, thanking them and encouraging them to continue in their efforts to contribute to peace and reconciliation throughout the region. The need to accept diversity  In his discourse the Pope insisted on the necessity of inter religious dialogue “in order to build where many destroy”. Charity – he says – is able to open up countless paths that take the breath of the Gospel into diverse cultures and social contexts. And he said that the most effective antidote to violence is getting to know differences and accepting them as wealth and fecundity.         Thus, Pope Francis told the bishops, that it is essential that the religious in their dioceses be trained in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue. Charity reveals God Pope Francis said that an infallible weapon in the hands of the “Church of encounter” is charity that must be offered to all without distinction. Thanking the North African bishops who, often with humble means, offer the love of Christ and of the Church to the poor, to the sick, to the elderly, to prison inmates and to the many African immigrants who find themselves in North African countries during their journeys of hope. In doing so he said: “you recognize their human dignity and work to raise awareness of such a huge human drama, you show the love that God has for each of them”.  Look to the Saints The Pope’s discourse also included many pastoral indications such as the need for attention for “permanent formation” of the clergy and spoke of his joy for the contribution offered by religious men and women in this Year of Consecrated Life.  Inviting all consecrated people to make the beauty of their vocations “shine out”, the Pope pointed to Saints Cyprian and Augustin and to the Blessed Charles de Foucault as models to look up to.  And pointing to those contemporary religious who sacrificed their lives in the name of the faith, Pope Francis expressed his happiness that in the past few years many Christian sanctuaries have been restored in Algeria. The Pope concluded his discourse pointing out that welcoming “all” with “benevolence and without proselytism”, these communities express their will “to be a Church with open doors, always setting out and going forth”. During the audience the bishops presented the Pope with a document entitled “Servants of Hope” that shines light on the reality of the Church’s presence in North Africa, and motivates its priests to be ministers of hope in an ever-changing situation, where parishes are being rejuvenated by new presences and where the Churches face the great challenge of ministering to migrants.   (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 5 hours
(Vatican Radio) It is easy to judge others, but we can only progress on our Christian journey in life if we are capable of judging ourselves first, said Pope Francis at Monday morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. Listen: The readings of the day focused on the subject of mercy. The Pope, recalling that "we are all sinners" - not "in theory" but in reality – said that the ability to judge oneself is "a Christian virtue, indeed more than a virtue", it is the first step for those who want to be Christian: “We are all masters, professors of self-justification: ‘No it wasn’t me, it’s not my fault, maybe yes, but not so much…that’s not the way it is…’. We all have an alibi to explain away our shortcomings, our sins, and we are often to put on a face that says "I do not know," a face that says ‘I didn’t do it, maybe someone else did’ an innocent face. This is no way to lead a Christian life”. "It’s easier to blame others" - observed the Pope - but "something strange happens if we try to behave differently: "If we begin to look at the things we are capable of doing, at first we “feel bad, we feel disgust ", yet this in turn "gives us peace and makes us healthy”. Pope Francis continued, “when I feel envy in my heart and I know that this envy is capable of speaking ill of others and morally assassinating them”, this is “the wisdom of judging oneself”. "If we do not learn this first step in life, we will never, never be able to take other steps on the road of our Christian life, of our spiritual life": “The first step is to judge ourselves.  Without saying anything out loud. Between you and your conscience. Walking down the street, I pass by a prison and say: "Well, they deserve it" - "Yet do you know that if it weren’t for the grace of God you would be there? Did you ever think that you are capable of doing the things that they have done, even worse?” This is what judging yourself means, not hiding from the roots of sin that are in all of us, the many things we are capable of doing, even if we cannot seen them”. The Pope stressed another virtue: Shame before God, in a kind of dialogue in which we recognize the shame of our sin and the greatness of God's mercy: "To You, Lord, our God, mercy and forgiveness. Shame on me and to You mercy and forgiveness". This Lent, it would do us all good to have this dialogue with the Lord: self-accusation. Let us ask for mercy. In the Gospel Jesus is clear: "Be merciful as your Father is merciful". When one learns to accuse oneself first then we are merciful to others: "But, who am I to judge, if I am able to do things that are worse?". The phrase: "Who am I to judge another?" obeys Jesus’ exhortation: "Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven". Instead, it highlights - "how we like to judge others, to speak ill of them”. "May the Lord, in this Lent - said the Pontiff - give us the grace to learn to judge ourselves" in the knowledge that we are capable "of the most evil things" and say, "Have mercy on me, Lord, help me to be ashamed and grant me mercy, so I may be merciful to others". (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 8 hours
Apresentamos as intenções de oração do Santo Padre para o mês de março confiadas ao Apostolado da Oração. Universal: Cientistas ao serviço do bem. Para que todos aqueles que se dedicam à investigação científica se ponham ao serviço do bem integral da pessoa humana. Pela evangelização: Contributo da mulher na Ig... 2 days 12 hours