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Rome, Italy, Jan 28, 2015 / 02:03 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A plan to reduce the number of Italian dioceses has been widely debated in the Italian bishops conference, and a first draft of the plan has reportedly already been given to the Congregation for Bishops and has undergone some adjustments. 10 hours 7 min
Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2015 / 12:03 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A coalition of Catholic and Protestant leaders has united to call all Christians to an unwavering defense of the truth of marriage, rooted in nature as well as faith.

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Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan 27, 2015 / 08:02 pm (EWTN News).- A priest of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Fr. Ilia Kartozia, has received a posthumous award for his bravery and sacrifice during a ferry accident in the Adriatic Sea last month.   1 day 4 hours
Vatican City, Jan 27, 2015 / 07:36 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The "globalization of indifference" was at the heart of Pope Francis' Lenten message, in which he urged faithful to fight individualism with merciful hearts that are more attentive to the needs of others. 1 day 4 hours
San Francisco, Calif., Jan 27, 2015 / 07:06 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The eleventh annual Walk for Life West Coast broke its own records this year, drawing the largest crowd it has ever seen, as well as more press coverage than in previous years. 1 day 5 hours
Rome, Italy, Jan 27, 2015 / 07:01 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- As Pope Francis tweeted Jan. 27 to observe the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, it is worth remembering Bl. Odoardo Focherini, who died a martyr to rescue Jews from Nazi persecution. 1 day 5 hours
Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2015 / 06:39 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Victory is in sight for the pro-life movement, as technology and rhetoric witness to the cause of life, Princeton professor Robert George told an audience of high school and college pro-life activists Jan. 23. 1 day 5 hours
Vatican City, Jan 27, 2015 / 06:19 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis dedicated his homily at Mass on Tuesday to the theme of obeying God's will, saying a Christian should have a heart like Mary, who was open and obedient to all that God asked of her. 1 day 5 hours
Canberra, Australia, Jan 27, 2015 / 04:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Australia's bishops and religious have joined the global call of Pope Francis to mark Feb. 8, the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, as the world day of prayer, reflection, and action against human trafficking.
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Vatican City, Jan 27, 2015 / 02:36 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis' liturgical schedule from now until Easter has been released – and it includes the creation of new cardinals and a daylong pastoral visit to Italian cities of Naples and Pompeii. 1 day 9 hours
Hanoi, Vietnam, Jan 27, 2015 / 02:03 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, lauded the efforts of the Catholic community in Vietnam during his pastoral visit last week and encouraged them in the path of mission. 1 day 10 hours
Hartford, Conn., Jan 26, 2015 / 07:19 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Father Richard P. McBrien, a Notre Dame theology professor who came to prominence for opposing Catholic teaching on several issues, died on Sunday in Connecticut at the age of 78. 2 days 4 hours
Abuja, Nigeria, Jan 26, 2015 / 07:02 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Against the background of continuing attacks by radical Islamist group Boko Haram, bishops in Nigeria are appealing for military aid from Western governments, as well as solidarity and prayer from around the world. 2 days 5 hours
Vatican City, Jan 26, 2015 / 04:12 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Women in the family have a crucial role in transmitting the faith from one generation to the next, said Pope Francis during morning Mass for the feast of saints Timothy and Titus. 2 days 7 hours
Washington D.C., Jan 26, 2015 / 03:11 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Both Roman and Orthodox Catholic bishops were stirred by the presence of the Millennial generation at the 2015 March for Life.

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Vatican City, Jan 26, 2015 / 01:33 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- In a speech delivered on Saturday to participants in a conference on how to handle causes of nullity, Pope Francis encouraged a marriage process that is both sure of its judgements and prompt. 2 days 10 hours

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By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — Addressing the Vatican tribunal primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments, Pope Francis said all annulment processes should be free of charge. “The sacraments are free. The sacraments give … Continue reading → 10 hours 9 min
By Eileen Connelly, OSU The Catholic Telegraph  As a student at Carroll High School in Dayton more than a decade ago, Father Scott Wright’s call to the priesthood was nurtured through the faith-filled example of his teachers and the values … Continue reading → 10 hours 9 min
Staff Report Representatives from Catholic schools around Cincinnati and the southern parts of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati gathered Tuesday at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains for the annual Catholic Schools Week Mass. For a gallery of more than … Continue reading → 10 hours 9 min
By Joanne Fox Catholic News Service  SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Micah Herbst of Sioux City does not have a son on the football team at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School. But her quick eye — that caught a contest through … Continue reading → 10 hours 9 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph  UPDATE: The Archbishop’s Q&A videoconference with students scheduled for Jan. 26 has been cancelled as a result of school closings and delays. In 2012, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati released “Lighting the Way: A Vision for … Continue reading → 10 hours 9 min
By Nate Madden Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — At this year’s March for Life Jan. 22, the things to notice about the crowd in attendance were its youth, its growth and the sense that these young people are bringing about … Continue reading → 10 hours 9 min
One of the more troubling concerns among journalism management professionals when the millennium arrived involved whether the next generation of reporters and editors would materialize. Through the 80s and into the 90s, most talented journalism students followed the advertising/public relations … Continue reading → 10 hours 9 min
A Mass of Christian Burial for Missionary of the Precious Blood Brother Hugh Henderson was celebrated Jan. 12 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. Brother Hugh, 66, died Jan. 5.  A native of Cleveland, Brother Hugh entered the … Continue reading → 10 hours 9 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph The stereotype of the millennial generation conjures up images of plugged in earbuds and tuned out attitudes, but finding young men and women who dispel those myths is as easy as looking for Catholic … Continue reading → 10 hours 9 min
Staff Report Just months after leading La Salle High School to the first state football championship in school history, Nate Moore has resigned his position as Lancers’ head coach. The resignation, effective Jan. 25, was confirmed via press release from … Continue reading → 10 hours 9 min
By Steve Trosley The Catholic Telegraph  An historic fundraising campaign to raise $130 million will launch this month in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and preliminary results indicate it could be a stunning success. For the official press release from the … Continue reading → 1 day 10 hours
Press Release Archdiocese of Cincinnati  In an initiative called “historic” by Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has launched a capital campaign to raise $130 million toward securing and growing the vitality of its parishes, schools, social services, … Continue reading → 1 day 10 hours
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph As thousands, including many from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, prepared to participate in the 2015 March for Life, roughly 100 residents of the area gathered to pray outside the Planned Parenthood location on Auburn … Continue reading → 1 day 10 hours
By Ann Schneible CNA/EWTN News  VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has rejected the “simplistic” belief that large families are among the causes of poverty, stressing that economic systems which create a culture of waste are to blame. “Families know they … Continue reading → 2 days 10 hours
By Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — A group of Catholic leaders urged fellow Catholics in Congress to set aside “partisan bickering” and support the U.S. bishops’ efforts on behalf of a comprehensive immigration reform, calling it a sanctity of life … Continue reading → 2 days 10 hours
Staff Report Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized abortion on-demand nation-wide in 1973, American Catholics have taken to the streets and the public squares to stand up for life. Attending the March for Life or other pro-life events … Continue reading → 2 days 10 hours
By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — Evoking a phrase long associated with the civil rights movement, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston told an overflow crowd in Washington that “we shall overcome” in the fight against abortion. Quoting … Continue reading → 2 days 10 hours
Press Release Sarah L. Patterson has joined the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as director of the Chancery Archive, which collects, preserves, and administers Church records and artifacts of permanent historical value dating back to the founding of what was then the … Continue reading → 2 days 10 hours

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A new website on the family will help prepare for September's World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and October's Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Rome.

A new website on the family will help prepare for September’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Rome.

Ruah Woods Theology of the Body educator Emily Bissonette Macke is one of five founders of the new website Time for the Family, founded as “a place to read and reflect, continually growing in gratitude for the gift of the family.”

Alumni of the 2010 class at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Washington, DC, the founder/writers come from a variety of backgrounds, including one who is a former forest ranger, and a variety of current occupations.

Founded by St. Pope John Paul II a year after the 1980 Synod on the Family, when the world’s bishops suggested that centers devoted to studying the theology of marriage and family be created, the John Paul II Institute now has branches on every populated continent.

“The website arose organically, out of the friendship that developed and continues to grow between all the classmates of the class of 2010 of the John Paul II Institute’s MTS program,” said Rachel Coleman, who is finishing her doctorate at the Washington, DC, school now.

“We grew, in those two years of study, to rely on each other not only for help in classes but also to remind each other of the truth of God and the Church, and what that means for how we live in the world. Now, several years after graduation, we have seen that our friendship is real, and what we have learned through it might be helpful to others.

“We are proud to share what we can and help as we can in the Church’s mission.”

The site is not affiliated with the John Paul II Institute, the founders hasten to say, but is an independent venture by alumni. Since their graduation, the five friends have engaged in a variety of professions and personal endeavors, including teaching, diocesan and parish work, canon law, social work, further studies and family life. Several now have spouses and children. This diverse background allows the site’s contributors to cover a variety of topics related to marriage and family from different perspectives.

Emily Macke

Emily Macke

Macke, who did her undergraduate work at the Franciscan University of Stuebenville, lives in Southwest Indiana and has taught about chastity and Theology of the Body on three continents. A former regular on the Son Rise Morning Show, she currently writes curriculum for the Ruah Woods Theology of the Body Institute in Bridgetown (OH) and is no stranger to blogging — her blog Unshakeable Hope is linked in our blogroll.

Time for the Family presents essays on family-related topics by the five writers, as well as the features “Ask a Canon Lawyer,” “Define Your Terms” (explanations of some common, sometimes misused, words and phrases), and “Common Questions” — a section that will include answers to questions from readers.

Recent articles include, “Is it easier to be forgiven for murder than for a divorce?” “Would you give up your iPhone for a person?” and “Where does the family begin?”

Co-founder Carlos Tejeda, explained that people need to understand marriage and family from the Catholic perspective, which is not the same as the secular perspective or that of other Christians. “The Church is fundamentally a person – the bride and body of Jesus Christ,” he said. “It doesn’t work to try to understand her via political terms, camps and platforms. This blog is about fostering real conversations and sharing timeless truths that are the same yesterday, today and forever.”

In its first weeks, the staff say, the website has reached hundreds of people who are looking for a place to unpack the wealth of the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage and family.

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Prayer, in groups or alone, is the focus of vigils at Cincinnati's Planned Parenthood abortion business, including the Mini March for Life.

Prayer, in groups or alone, is the focus of vigils at Cincinnati’s Planned Parenthood abortion business, including the Mini March for Life. Some stand, some kneel, some (especially many non-Catholics) read from the Bible or sing.

Have you ever wondered what a prayer vigil at an abortion business is like? It’s like this:

They kept coming throughout the hour, though the temperature kept dropping. From about 60 people gathered in from of the Mt. Auburn/Cincinnati Planned Parenthood abortion building at the beginning of the Mini March for Life, by the end the crowd had swelled to nearly 100, all praying quietly in front of the massive metal fence.

One woman ran to the vigil from her bus, rosary beads wrapped around one hand. College students came after classes. Large families with babies, strollers, and toddlers trickled in, some of them spending most of their time kneeling on the frigid concrete.

About 60 people gathered in front of the building when the vigil began; more continued to arrive throughout the hour.

About 60 people gathered in front of the building when the vigil began; more continued to arrive throughout the hour.

They came in groups and by themselves. Two Rosaries, begun at different times, were said simultaneously. When one group facing the fence began saying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, two women who had position themselves further down the sidewalk to hold out their signs to passing traffic began singing it softly together.

A woman with a placard bearing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe walked up and down one end of the abortion building’s drive, while a sidewalk counselor with a fistful of crisis pregnancy center fliers stood alone by the other.

 all are common at vigils on the sidewalk at Cincinnati's Planned Parenthood business, where hundreds of babies are aborted each month.

Walking, standing, holding out signs for passers-by to read, facing the building’s windows and praying: all are common at vigils on the sidewalk at Cincinnati’s Planned Parenthood business, where hundreds of babies are aborted each month.

They carried homemade signs with messages such as “adoption a loving option,” and “please let your baby live.” They carried rosaries. They prayed together. They prayed alone.

A reporter from The Catholic Telegraph walked up and down taking counts and interviewing participants (see his story here), including a third grader whose sign said “I survived Roe v. Wade! Saved by adoption!” That morning he tweeted a photo of himself to Ave Maria Radio’s Theresa Tomeo, who was covering the March for Life in Washington. “She retweeted it!” he said, thrilled, and held out his sign to every passing car and pedestrian.

A giant banner stretched across the building’s facade promised, “Insured or uninsured, we’ve got you covered!” and showed a smiling couple cuddling. No smiling, cuddling couples went through the gates. Near the end of the demonstration, a stylishly dressed young woman walked unsteadily up the hill from the building’s back entrance, tottering on six-inch stiletto heels, and fell on the sidewalk. Five or six people from the vigil helped her to her feet and picked up the things that had fallen from her purse. She walked away.

A Jimmy Johns delivery car drove through the gate and back with a delivery to the abortionists, without a word or gesture. A few people honked as they drove by; most of the participants took it as a sign of solidarity. One driver made an obscene gesture. Another shouted “Go home!” Most people drove or walked by without comment.

The happiest person in front of the building that week, third grader Jacob Eddingfield, wanted to make certain that everyone got his message.

The happiest person in front of the building that week, third grader Jacob Eddingfield, wanted to make certain that everyone got his message.

After the hour ended, the crowd drifted away as slowly as it had come. Some headed back to work or school, some lingered for private prayer. Some weren’t part of the event at all, but were there as part of the endless vigil in front of the clinic that claims hundreds of lives every month.

They pray for the children, they pray for the mothers, they pray for the workers. And they pray that one day no vigils will be necessary.

The Mini March for Life was sponsored by Greater Cincinnati Young Adults for Life. Vigils take place all year long at this site, and the spring 40 Days for Life Cincinnati campaign kicks off February 14th at 10 am, when Rev. Arnold Culbreath of Protecting Black Life and Life Issues Institute will speak and Fr. Kyle Schnippel will lead prayer. For more information, or to sign up for a one-hour slot on the 40-day vigil, click here.

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 Alter High School students at the March for Life in Washington, DC, with Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.

You never know who you’ll run into: Alter High School students at the March for Life in Washington, DC, with Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.

Students from Archbishop Alter High School (Kettering, OH) met up with Archbishop Dennis Schnurr at the March for Life last week in Washington, DC.

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The One Faith, One Hope, One Love Campaign asks all households in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to make a five-year pledge to a fund that will permanently help finance Catholic education, parishes, and charity.

Calling on St. Paul as an inspiration, Cincinnati’s Archbishop Dennis Schnurr launched an ambitious capital campaign Friday aimed at permanently helping to fund five key ministries, with half of the money to go to Catholic education.

The resulting foundation will be one of the area’s largest — although Archdioese of Cincinnati Director of Stewardship Michael Vanderburgh says that was not the planners’ intent. “The Enquirer reporter asked about that, and I told him I didn’t know,” he says. “I’m focused on building the Kingdom.”

campaign logoThe Campaign, titled “One Faith, One Hope, One Love,” aims to raise $130 million in five years for the Catholic Community Foundation for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati (CCF). It would, indeed be one of the largest foundations in Cincinnati, where the largest foundations have assets of about $200 million (in some nearby cities, the largest private foundation have assets in the billions).

It’s the largest campaign since Archbishop Alter’s capital campaign to rebuild the cathedral and build a host of Catholic high schools 60 years ago. Unlike that campaign, which paid for buildings all over the region, this one will create a permanent endowment (starting goal: $40 million)  to fund ministries all over the region. It is structured as a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt charity and will be run by a Board of Directors that will include the Archbishop, but will not be run through the Archdiocese.

An initial Board of Directors composed of Vanderburgh, Archbishop Schnurr, Chancellor Fr. Steve Angi, and Chief Financial Officer Rich Kelly  helped launch the campaign. Within a few weeks, Vandenburgh says, the BOD will include seven lay directors, all volunteers who have participated in the pilot campaign.

“The CCF will have the same reporting requirements as any other 501 (c)(3),” Vanderburgh says. “We had three reasons for structuring it that way: One, to be a beacon of financial support for the Archdiocese. Two, to engage lay people in governance and ministry. And three, to reassure people concerned about transparency.

“It’s designed to engage the people who fund it and allow them to see where the money goes.”

Cincinnati’s campaign grew out of the Archdiocese’s “Lighting the Way” education plan, Vanderburgh says. Patterned after campaigns for foundations in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, both of which exceeded their fundraising goals, it includes a variety of ministries.

Fully half the money, however, will go to education, with plans for tuition assistance for children whose families do not qualify for state or other grants as well as help for parish religious formation programs; training for principals; and other initiatives.

How will the CCF Money be Allocated?


The largest amount of money — $65 million — is slated for Catholic Education. That includes $50 for K-8 grants of up to $1000 for families that do not qualify for full tuition support from state-funded programs and high school grants for any famililes. It also includes $15 million for initiatives such as the Principals’ Bootcamp, the St. Gregory the Great Institute; an Archdiocesan-wide review of parish religious education programs; preschool programs; technology and support; and data analysis.


Twenty percent of the funds raised in each parish will go back to those parishes, as well as 60% of any money that exceeds the parish’s goal. Parishes will be able to use it for capital projects, to retire or reduce debt, create a parish or school endowment, or “other special projects identified by the parish. subject to normal archdiocesan approval.”

campaign pie chart


Twelve percent of the money raised will go to The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West seminary, the Archdiocese’s seminary and graduate school, which trains priests, permanent deacons, and lay ecclesial ministers, and also runs a graduate school in theology and other subjects. It will provide tuition assistance for clergy and lay students, increase the endowment for teaching positions, and continue the Mt. Washington building’s classroom and dormitory upgrades as the student body continues to grow.


Ten percent of the funds will go to provide for retired priests, who will soon exceed the number of active priests in number. Currently at 87, the number of retired priests will jump to 140 in the next five years.


The need for the Archdiocese’s two charitable agencies continues to grow, and 8% of the funds will add to their existing income sources. The two agencies now serve 131,000 people each year from the beginning of life (pregnancy counseling and adoption) through the end of life (senior programs and respite care).

The goal of One Faith, One Hope, One Love is that every household in the Archdiocese will pledge a “sacrificial gift” over five years, one that does not replace regular gifts to schools, charities, and yearly campaigns such as the Catholic Ministries Appeal.

What that looks like will vary for each household, Vanderburgh says. “We know that there will always be some in a position to give more than others — what we’re asking is equal sacrifice, not equal gifts. We ask everyone to prayerfully discern what they can give to fuel these ministries for the future. For some people, that will be millions. For others, that will be hundreds.”

Like the woman in the parable of the widow’s mite, Vanderbugh says, what matters most for area Catholics will be generosity and love. “We are all called to give totally of ourselves. We own nothing. All that we have is God’s and we are stewards of our material goods, our time, and our energy, to share them with others and return them to God with increase.

“Christ poured Himself out on the cross; we are called to do that in our own lives.”

A pilot campaign held in 13 parishes of various sizes around the Archdiocese has already raised $36 million from 2000 pledges from parishioners and businesses. The rest of the campaign will roll out in phases, with parish volunteers helping to introduce and promote it.

“In scope, this represents a comprehensive, extraordinary, and exciting outreach to strengthen our parishes, our schools, our ministries, our very foundations for the future,” Archbishop Schnurr wrote in a letter to all parishes. “These goals are about nothing less than building the Church as we are called by Christ to do… [where] we experience our faith most directly through our parishes and archdiocese, where we live, worship, and provide for the spiritual growth and other needs of the people in our communities.”

For a detailed explanation of the campaign, its structure and goals, click here to download a brochure.

For Archbishop Schnurr’s letter to parishes, click here.

For a video explanation of the campaign narrated by Matthew Kelly, click here.

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Speaker, author, and evanglizer Matthew Kelly, founder of the Cincinnati-based Dynamic Catholic Institute, interviews Archbishop Dennis Schnurr about “One Faith, One Hope, One Love,” the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s campaign to launch the new Catholic Community Fund.

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Crazy Socks Day at during Catholic Schools Week last year at St. Pius X School in Edgewood, KY.

Crazy Socks Day at during Catholic Schools Week last year at St. Pius X School in Edgewood, KY.

It’s Catholic Schools Week for schools around the country, which will celebrate with special service projects, open houses, Masses, gatherings, entertainment, and parties.

In Cincinnati, Dayton, and Covington, representatives from each diocesan school will also gather with the bishops for special School Masses.

“Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service: This is the ongoing theme of our Catholic Schools Week and is actually a clear statement of what our Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Covington are called to be,” Bishop Roger Foys wrote in The Messenger, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Covington. “Our entire school system – from pre-school through college – is aimed to deepen the faith, impart and increase knowledge, and introduce to service every student that passes through the august halls of our Catholic schools.  We do this as a community of Faith – a community of believers — committed to the Gospel values and dedicated, loyal and faithful members of the Catholic Church.”

Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools and Director of Educational Services for the Archdioces of Cincinnati, said, “Catholic schools are a vibrant part of the culture of Southwest Ohio During this week, we celebrate the tremendous record of success of our schools, and how our schools have positively impacted countless lives through the generations.”

Students squeezed into their old t-shirts on Grade School Color Day at Elder High School during Catholic Schools Week 2014.

Students squeezed into their old t-shirts on Grade School Color Day at Elder High School during Catholic Schools Week 2014.

To begin what he hopes will become a new tradition, Dr. Rigg will help serve hot lunches at Our Lady of Victory School in Delhi Township Thursday, Jan. 29, and at a Dayton school Friday, Jan. 30th.

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr will continue his annual tradition of holding a videoconference with Catholic high schools this morning, this year from Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney.

Archbishop Schnurr has also again asked all parishes in the Archdiocese to ring their bells at 10 am on Wednesday, Jan. 28, National Catholic Schools Appreciation Day.

“I ask everyone to join me in praying for the continued success of our efforts in Catholic school education,” Bishop Foys wrote. “Now, perhaps more than ever, we need to provide an education that is thoroughly Catholic and that will provide our students with the means they will need in their own lifetime to live and to spread our precious Faith!”

Started and promulgated by the National Catholic Educational Association, Catholic Schools Week begins on the last Sunday in January and runs through the following Saturday. This year, the dates are Jan. 25-31. In 2015, the dates will be Jan. 31-Feb. 6.

Diocese-wide Catholic Schools Week Masses:

Students from St. Joseph Academy in Walton, KY, represented their school during the 2014 Catholic Schools Week Mass at Covington's cathedral.

Students from St. Joseph Academy in Walton, KY, represented their school during the 2014 Catholic Schools Week Mass at Covington’s cathedral.

Jan. 27, Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains (Cincinnati), 10 am. Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer, Archdiocesan Vocation Director, will celebrate Mass for more than 1000 representatives from Greater Cincinnati Catholic schools. A procession of students carrying school banners will begin at 9:40.

Jan, 28, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church (Dayton, OH), 10 am. Archbishop Dennis Schnurr will celebrate Mass for representatives from schools throughout Dayton and the Northern Region.  A procession of students carrying school banners will begin at 9:40.

Jan. 28, St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (Covington), 10 am. Bishop Roger Foys will celebrate Mass for representatives of all schools in the diocese.

All three Masses are open to the public but will be very full; prepare for crowds.

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Elder High School students at the Washington Monument, part of the more than 2500 people from our region who attended the 2015 March for Life.

Elder High School students at the Washington Monument, part of the more than 2500 people from our region who attended the 2015 March for Life.

Students from Elder High School (Price Hill/Cincinnati) pose before the Washington Monument on their trip to the District of Columbia for the 2015 March for Life.

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The Islamist terrorist movement Boko Haram has captured Monguno, a city of 100,000 in northeastern Nigeria, and has launched attacks against Maiduguri, a city of 1.2 million. "We find ... 1 day 8 hours
Four years after the Arab Spring uprising that led to the overthrow of longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood took to the streets against the ... 1 day 8 hours
A judge in federal bankruptcy court has ordered the Archdiocese of St. Paul- Minneapolis to go to mediation with creditors-- led by sex-abuse victims--in hopes of avoiding a costlier legal ... 1 day 19 hours
The Diocese of Spokane, Washington, has reached an out-of-court settlement with the law firm that represented the diocese in bankruptcy proceedings. The diocese had brought a ... 1 day 19 hours
Pope Francis renewed his plea for peace in Ukraine, at the conclusion of his Sunday public audience on January 25. The Pope said that he has been following "with deep concern the ... 1 day 19 hours
Jury selection for the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the "Marathon Bombings" that shook Boston in 2013, has prompted a controversy over the exclusion of those who object to ... 1 day 19 hours
In Revere, Massachusetts, police and prosecutors have said that they found no evidence of wrongdoing in a case that has led to the forced resignation of a Catholic pastor, the principal of ... 1 day 20 hours
The Lepanto Institute has reported evidence that Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the overseas aid agency of the US bishops' conference, provided support for a sex-education program that ... 1 day 20 hours
Pope Francis stressed the importance of impartial judgment by marriage tribunals, as he spoke on January 24 to participants in a canon-law seminar. The meeting, co-sponsored by the ... 1 day 20 hours
The Vatican has altered a traditional gesture--the release of doves in St. Peter's Square--after complaints from animal-rights groups. For years, on the last Sunday of January, the Pope ... 2 days 2 hours
The Commissioner for Religions and Nationalities in Belarus has charged that Polish-born Catholic priests are engaged in political activities, and therefore have been denied permission to ... 2 days 2 hours
A doctor in Birmingham, England, will face criminal charges for offering to perform a sex-selection abortion. On January 26 a Birmingham court ordered Dr. Palaniappan Rajmohan to answer ... 2 days 2 hours
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill suggested a nationwide campaign against legal abortion, as he addressed Russia's legislative body, the Duma. The Patriarch's speech was the first ever ... 2 days 2 hours
The Chinese government's bureau of religious affairs plans to organize the ordination of more Catholic bishops without Vatican approval in 2015, the AsiaNews service reports. The move ... 2 days 2 hours
Father Richard McBrien, who chaired the University of Notre Dame's theology department for 11 years, died on January 25 at the age of 78. While his public influence was significant--not ... 2 days 7 hours
Pope Francis concluded the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with the celebration of Vespers on January 25 at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and reflected on the encounter of ... 2 days 7 hours
Reflecting on the day's Gospel reading (Mk. 1:14-20), Pope Francis said during his January 25 Angelus address that "Jesus' announcement is similar to that of John, with the major ... 2 days 7 hours
The Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts' 2005 document Dignitas Connubii remains a "modest but useful vademecum that really takes the ministers of the tribunals by the hand toward the ... 2 days 8 hours
Pope Francis met with participants in an ecumenical gathering of religious on January 24 and said that "religious life has a particular vocation" to promote Christian unity. The gather ... 2 days 8 hours
Listening and thorough study are important components of dialogue with Muslims, Pope Francis said to participants in a January 24 meeting organized by the Pontifical Institute for Arab and ... 2 days 8 hours

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O arcebispo de Cracóvia e ex-secretário pessoal de João Paulo II, o cardeal Stanislaw Dziwisz, representou o Vaticano nesta terça-feira em evento por ocasião da Memória das Vítimas do Holocausto. A cerimônia organizada pelo Museu de Auschwitz-Birkenau e pelo Conselho Internacional de Auschwitz, aconteceu na frent... 22 hours 54 min
No sábado, o Papa Francisco recebeu em audiência privada na Casa Santa Marta um transexual espanhol, chamado Diego Neria Lejarraga, acompanhado por seu parceiro. A notícia foi divulgada pelo jornal Hoy, segundo o qual Diego, ‘ex-mulher’ de 48 anos, natural de Plasencia em Extremadura, teria escrito há muito tempo... 23 hours 48 min
Será um "fevereiro quente" para o Papa Francisco. Celebrações, Consistório e reunião para a reforma da Cúria estão entre os compromissos do Pontífice para os próximos meses.  Fevereiro começa com a Santa Missa na Basílica Vaticana com os membros dos Institutos de Vida Consagrada e as Sociedades de Vida Apostólica... 1 day 26 min
Ao encerrar a sua 105ª assembleia plenária, os bispos do Peru publicaram um comunicado intitulado “Reflexões pastorais sobre a insegurança e a construção da paz em nosso país”, no qual manifestam a sua preocupação com o aumento de violência. A principal resposta das autoridades peruanas tem sido a cadeia, mas os ce... 1 day 49 min
Os cristãos da Índia pediram que o presidente dos Estados Unidos, Barak Obama, abordasse a situação das minorias religiosas em seu encontro com o primeiro-ministro indiano Narendra Modi. Obama esteve em viagem oficial à Índia entre domingo, 25, e hoje, 27 de janeiro. “As campanhas de incitação ao ódio são sistemá... 1 day 51 min
Os bispos do México, da Guatemala, de El Salvador, de Honduras e da Nicarágua se reunirão de 28 a 30 de janeiro na cidade mexicana de Tapachula para “dialogar sobre a realidade sempre dolorosa de tantos milhares de migrantes que procedem da América Central, passam pelo México e tentam chegar aos Estados Unidos”. ... 1 day 52 min
Foi celebrada neste domingo, 25 de janeiro, a 62ª Jornada Mundial da Lepra, instituída em 1954 pelo escritor e jornalista francês Raoul Follereau. Durante a oração do ângelus, o papa Francisco manifestou a sua solidariedade a todas as pessoas que sofrem esta doença, bem como àquelas que cuidam dos enfermos e às que... 1 day 53 min
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says we need to pray to God every day for the grace to understand His will, to follow it and to carry it out fully.  This was the core message of his homily at the morning Mass on Tuesday at the Santa Marta residence.   Listen to this report by Susy Hodges:     Taking his cue from the day’s readings, the Pope reflected on one of the cornerstones of our faith: obedience to God’s will. This, he explained, is the path to holiness for each Christian, namely that we carry out God’s will.  “The opposite began in Paradise with Adam’s failure to obey.  And that disobedience brought evil to the whole of humanity.  And sins too are acts of disobedience towards God, of not doing God’s will.  The Lord teaches us instead that this is the path, there is no other one.  And it begins with Jesus in Heaven, in his desire to obey the Father.  But here on earth it begins with Our Lady: what did she say to the Angel?  ‘Let it be done to me according to your word’, namely that God’s will is carried out.  And with that ‘Yes’ to the Lord, our Lord began his journey amongst us.” Many options on the tray Pope Francis, stressed, however, that following God’s will is not easy.  Even for Jesus it wasn’t easy when he faced temptations in the wilderness or in the Gardens of Olives.  And, continued the Pope, it wasn’t easy either for his disciples and neither is it easy for us, when each day we are faced with a tray of so many different options and that’s why we need the gift of God’s grace. “Do I pray that the Lord gives me the desire to do his will, or do I look for compromises because I’m afraid of God’s will?  Another thing: praying to know God’s will for me and my life, concerning a decision that I must take now… there are so many things.  The way in which we handle things…. Praying for the desire to do God’s will and praying to know God’s will.  And when I know God’s will, praying again for the third time, to follow it.  To carry out that will, which is not my own, it is His will.  And all this is not easy.” Desire to do God's will In conclusion,  Pope Francis said,  we need to pray to have the desire to follow God’s will, pray to know God’s will and once we know this, pray for the strength to go ahead and do His will. “The Lord grants His grace to all of us so that one day He can say about us  the same thing  that He said about that group, that crowd who followed Him, those who were seated around Him, just as we have heard in the Gospel: ‘Here is my mother and my brothers and sisters.  Whoever does the will of God is my brother, my sister and my mother.’ Doing God’s will makes us become part of Jesus’ family, it makes us his mother, father, sister, brother.” (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 2 hours
Rezar e pedir a Deus todos os dias a graça de entender e fazer a sua vontade, para "ser parte da família de Jesus". Este foi o ensinamento que o Papa Francisco ofereceu esta manhã durante a sua homilia na Casa Santa Marta, inspirado na liturgia de hoje. São Paulo fala da Lei antes da vinda de Cristo, das ofertas ... 1 day 3 hours
Vatican City, 27 January 2015 (VIS) – The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has published the following calendar of liturgical celebrations at which the Holy Father will preside from February to April: FEBRUARY Monday 2: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, 19th World Day of Consecrated Life. At 5.30 p.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Mass with the members of the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life. Sunday 8: Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. At 4 p.m., pastoral visit to the Roman parish of “St. Michael the Archangel in Pietralata”. Saturday 14: At 11 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of new cardinals and for several causes of canonisation. Sunday 15: Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Mass with newly-created cardinals. Wednesday 18: Ash Wednesday. At 4.30 p.m., Basilica of St. Anselm, “Statio” and penitential procession. At 5 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Sabina, blessing and imposition of the ashes. Sunday 22, First Sunday of Lent. Ariccia, beginning of spiritual exercises for the Roman Curia. Friday 27: Conclusion of spiritual exercises for the Roman Curia. MARCH Sunday 8: Third Sunday of Lent. At 4 p.m., pastoral visit to the Roman parish of “Holy Mary Mother of the Redeemer”. Friday 13: At 5 p.m. in the Vatican Basilica, penitential liturgy. Saturday 21: pastoral visit to Naples-Pompeii. Sunday 29: Palm Sunday and the Passion of the Lord. At 9.30 a.m. in St. Peter's Square, blessing of the palms, procession and Mass. APRIL Thursday 2: Holy Thursday. At 9.30 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Chrism Mass. Friday 3: Good Friday. At 5 p.m. in the Vatican Basilica, celebration of the Passion of the Lord. Friday 3: Good Friday. At 9.15 p.m., at the Colosseum, Via Crucis. Saturday 4: Holy Saturday. At 8.30 p.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Easter Vigil. Sunday 5: Easter Sunday. At 12 p.m., central balcony of the Vatican Basilica, “Urbi et Orbi” blessing. Sunday 12: Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. At 10 a.m. at the Vatican Basilica, Mass for the faithful of Armenian rite.... 1 day 4 hours
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis is inviting all believers to open their hearts to God and to overcome a “globalization of indifference” that is threatening to spread a feeling of distress and powerlessness and causing individuals and communities to withdraw into themselves, closing “the door through which God comes into the world and the world comes to him”. Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni :   The Pope’s words of comfort and concern come in his message for Lent 2015 which was released on Tuesday in the Vatican. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday which falls this year on 18 February 2015. Please find below the full text of Pope Francis’ Lenten Message :   MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2015 “Make your hearts firm” (James5:8) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure … Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront. When the people of God are converted to his love, they find answers to the questions that history continually raises. One of the most urgent challenges which I would like to address in this Message is precisely the globalization of indifference. Indifference to our neighbour and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience. God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation. In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God, the gate between God and man, between heaven and earth, opens once for all. The Church is like the hand holding open this gate, thanks to her proclamation of God’s word, her celebration of the sacraments and her witness of the faith which works through love (cf. Gal5:6). But the world tends to withdraw into itself and shut that door through which God comes into the world and the world comes to him. Hence the hand, which is the Church, must never be surprised if it is rejected, crushed and wounded. God’s people, then, need this interior renewal, lest we become indifferent and withdraw into ourselves. To further this renewal, I would like to propose for our reflection three biblical texts. 1. “If one member suffers, all suffer together” (1 Cor 12:26)– The Church The love of God breaks through that fatal withdrawal into ourselves which is indifference. The Church offers us this love of God by her teaching and especially by her witness. But we can only bear witness to what we ourselves have experienced. Christians are those who let God clothe them with goodness and mercy, with Christ, so as to become, like Christ, servants of God and others. This is clearly seen in the liturgy of Holy Thursday, with its rite of the washing of feet. Peter did not want Jesus to wash his feet, but he came to realize that Jesus does not wish to be just an example of how we should wash one another’s feet. Only those who have first allowed Jesus to wash their own feet can then offer this service to others. Only they have “a part” with him (Jn13:8) and thus can serve others. Lent is a favourable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become more like him. This happens whenever we hear the word of God and receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There we become what we receive: the Body of Christ. In this body there is no room for the indifference which so often seems to possess our hearts. For whoever is of Christ, belongs to one body, and in him we cannot be indifferent to one another. “If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honoured, all the parts share its joy” (1 Cor12:26). The Church is the communio  sanctorumnot only because of her saints, but also because she is a communion in holy things: the love of God revealed to us in Christ and all his gifts. Among these gifts there is also the response of those who let themselves be touched by this love. In this communion of saints, in this sharing in holy things, no one possesses anything alone, but shares everything with others. And since we are united in God, we can do something for those who are far distant, those whom we could never reach on our own, because with them and for them, we ask God that all of us may be open to his plan of salvation. 2. “Where is your brother?” (Gen4:9)– Parishes and Communities All that we have been saying about the universal Church must now be applied to the life of our parishes and communities. Do these ecclesial structures enable us to experience being part of one body? A body which receives and shares what God wishes to give? A body which acknowledges and cares for its weakest, poorest and most insignificant members? Or do we take refuge in a universal love that would embrace the whole world, while failing to see the Lazarus sitting before our closed doors (Lk16:19-31)? In order to receive what God gives us and to make it bear abundant fruit, we need to press beyond the boundaries of the visible Church in two ways. In the first place, by uniting ourselves in prayer with the Church in heaven. The prayers of the Church on earth establish a communion of mutual service and goodness which reaches up into the sight of God. Together with the saints who have found their fulfilment in God, we form part of that communion in which indifference is conquered by love. The Church in heaven is not triumphant because she has turned her back on the sufferings of the world and rejoices in splendid isolation. Rather, the saints already joyfully contemplate the fact that, through Jesus death and resurrection, they have triumphed once and for all over indifference, hardness of heart and hatred. Until this victory of love penetrates the whole world, the saints continue to accompany us on our pilgrim way. Saint Therese of Lisieux, a Doctor of the Church, expressed her conviction that the joy in heaven for the victory of crucified love remains incomplete as long as there is still a single man or woman on earth who suffers and cries out in pain: “I trust fully that I shall not remain idle in heaven; my desire is to continue to work for the Church and for souls” (Letter254, July 14, 1897). We share in the merits and joy of the saints, even as they share in our struggles and our longing for peace and reconciliation. Their joy in the victory of the Risen Christ gives us strength as we strive to overcome our indifference and hardness of heart. In the second place, every Christian community is called to go out of itself and to be engaged in the life of the greater society of which it is a part, especially with the poor and those who are far away. The Church is missionary by her very nature; she is not self-enclosed but sent out to every nation and people. Her mission is to bear patient witness to the One who desires to draw all creation and every man and woman to the Father. Her mission is to bring to all a love which cannot remain silent. The Church follows Jesus Christ along the paths that lead to every man and woman, to the very ends of the earth (cf. Acts1:8). In each of our neighbours, then, we must see a brother or sister for whom Christ died and rose again. What we ourselves have received, we have received for them as well. Similarly, all that our brothers and sisters possess is a gift for the Church and for all humanity. Dear brothers and sisters, how greatly I desire that all those places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference! 3. “Make your hearts firm!” (James 5:8) – Individual Christians As individuals too, we are tempted by indifference. Flooded with news reports and troubling images of human suffering, we often feel our complete inability to help. What can we do to avoid being caught up in this spiral of distress and powerlessness? First, we can pray in communion with the Church on earth and in heaven. Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer! The 24 Hours for the Lord initiative, which I hope will be observed on 13-14 March throughout the Church, also at the diocesan level, is meant to be a sign of this need for prayer. Second, we can help by acts of charity, reaching out to both those near and far through the Church’s many charitable organizations. Lent is a favourable time for showing this concern for others by small yet concrete signs of our belonging to the one human family. Third, the suffering of others is a call to conversion, since their need reminds me of the uncertainty of my own life and my dependence on God and my brothers and sisters. If we humbly implore God’s grace and accept our own limitations, we will trust in the infinite possibilities which God’s love holds out to us. We will also be able to resist the diabolical temptation of thinking that by our own efforts we can save the world and ourselves. As a way of overcoming indifference and our pretensions to self-sufficiency, I would invite everyone to live this Lent as an opportunity for engaging in what Benedict XVI called a formation of the heart (cf. Deus  Caritas  Est, 31). A merciful heart does not mean a weak heart. Anyone who wishes to be merciful must have a strong and steadfast heart, closed to the tempter but open to God. A heart which lets itself be pierced by the Spirit so as to bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers and sisters. And, ultimately, a poor heart, one which realizes its own poverty and gives itself freely for others. During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: “Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum”: Make our hearts like yours(Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference. It is my prayerful hope that this Lent will prove spiritually fruitful for each believer and every ecclesial community. I ask all of you to pray for me. May the Lord bless you and Our Lady keep you. From the Vatican, 4 October 2014 Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi   (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 5 hours
(Vatican Radio) Christians are called to follow the example of Jesus in encountering, listening and working together with others to spread the message of the Gospel in the modern world. That was Pope Francis’ message to members of all the different Christian Churches gathered in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls on Sunday evening to mark the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Listen to Philippa Hitchen's report The theme for the 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was focused on the story of Jesus who asks the Samaritan woman for a drink of water from her well, engaging her in conversation despite the Samaritans being seen as heretics by the Jews. Addressing Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed and Evangelical Christians gathered with cardinals, bishops, priests, religious and lay Catholics in St Paul’s Basilica, Pope Francis reflected on the way Jesus encourages us all to encounter, accept and listen to one another. The Pope said Jesus also speaks to the woman about true worship which breaks down walls of division. So many past controversies between Christians can be overcome, he said, when we put aside all polemical approaches and seek to grasp more fully the unity we already share. Christian unity, he said, will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions. Just as the Samaritan woman becomes a missionary after her encounter with Jesus, Pope Francis said all Christians today are called share the good news of the Gospel with the weary and thirsty men and women of today’s world. In the call to be evangelisers, he said, we discover a privileged setting for closer cooperation among all the Churches and ecclesial communities. (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 5 hours
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Após protestos e perseguições contra cristãos, chega do Paquistão uma boa notícia: dia 17 de Janeiro foi consagrada uma nova igreja dedicada a Santa Teresa Benedita da Cruz em Pansara, na diocese de Faisalabad, em Punjab. Conforme notícia da Agência Fides, Padre Parvez Emmanuel, pároco em Pansara, uma cidadezinha... 2 days 37 min
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Primeiro, o soco. O grupinho “pacifista e evangélico” está escandalizado: “Nós sempre damos a outra face”, declaram. Talvez seja verdade. Depois, a história dos coelhos. Os jovens que são pura tradição (mas será que sabem do que falam?), com a medalha de católicos perfeitos, estão feridos. Mas... Estas reações ... 2 days 3 hours
“Mesmo que todos os membros de meu corpo se transformassem em línguas e tomassem voz, eu não poderia nada mais dizer que fosse digno das virtudes da santa e venerável Paula”, dizia São Jerônimo sobre Paula de Roma que nasceu no dia 05 de maio de 347 em Roma. Filha de Blesilla e Rogatus, sua família pertencia à nobr... 2 days 5 hours
(Vatican Radio) The primary and indispensable role of women in transmitting the faith to new generations: this was the focus of Pope Francis’ remarks to the faithful following the readings of the day at Mass on Monday morning in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican. On the day when the Church celebrates the memory of Saints Timothy and Titus – bishops and disciples of St Paul the Apostle, Pope Francis commented in particular on the second letter of Paul to Timothy. Mothers and Grandmothers transmit the faith Paul reminds Timothy of where his “sincere faith” comes from: his faith comes from the Holy Spirit,  “through his mother and grandmother.” Pope Francis went on to say, “Mothers and grandmothers are the ones who [ in primis ] transmit the faith.” The Holy Father went on to say: It is one thing to pass on the faith, and another to teach the matters of faith. Faith is a gift: it is not possible to study Faith. We study the things of faith, yes, to understand it better, but with study [alone] one never comes to Faith. Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit, which surpasses all [“academic”] formation. Faith, moreover, is a gift that passes from generation to generation, through the “beautiful work of mothers and grandmothers, the fine work of the women who play those roles,” in a family, “whether they be maids or aunts,” who transmit the faith: It occurs to me: why is it mainly women, who to pass on the faith? Simply because the one who brought us Jesus is a woman. It is the path chosen by Jesus. He wanted to have a mother: the gift of faith comes to us through women, as Jesus came to us through Mary. Cherish the gift of faith because you waters down “We need,” said Pope Francis, “in our own day to consider whether women really are aware of the duty they have to transmit the faith.” Paul invites Timothy to guard the Faith, the deposit of Faith, avoiding “empty pagan chatter, empty chatter of the world.”  He went on to say, “We have – all of us – received the gift of faith: we have to keep it, at least in order that it not become watered down, so that it remains strong, with the power of the Holy Spirit who gave it to us.” We keep the faith by cherishing and nurturing it every day: If we do not have this care, every day, to revive this gift of God which is Faith, but rather let faith weaken, become diluted, Faith ends up being a culture: ‘Yes, but, yes, yes, I am a Christian, yes yes,’ – a mere culture – or a gnosis, [specialized kind of] knowledge: ‘Yes, I know well all the matters of Faith, I know the catechism’. But how do you live your faith? This, then, is the importance of reviving every day this gift: to bring it to life. Timidity and shame they do not increase the faith Saint Paul says that there are two things in particular, which contrast with a living Faith: “the spirits of timidity and of shame”: God has not given us a spirit of timidity. The spirit of timidity goes against the gift of faith: it does not let faith grow, advance, be great. Shame, in turn, is the following sin, [which says]: ‘Yes, I have Faith, but I cover it up, that it not be seen too much’. It’s a little bit here, a little bit there – it is, as our forebears called it, a “rosewater” Faith – because I am ashamed to live it powerfully. No: this is not the Faith: [Faith knows] neither timidity nor shame. What is it, then? It is a spirit of power and of love and of prudence: that is what Faith is This is the faith. " Faith is not negotiable Pope Francis explained that the spirit of prudence is knowing that we cannot do everything we want: it means looking for the ways, the path, the manners by which to carry the Faith forward, cautiously. “We ask the Lord’s grace,” he concluded, “that we might have a sincere Faith, a Faith that is not negotiable depending on the opportunities that come, a Faith that every day I try to revive or at least ask the Holy Spirit to revive it, and make it bear much fruit.”  (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 5 hours
(Vatican Radio) The vital role that men and women religious of different Christian Churches play in the ecumenical journey was at the heart of Pope Francis’s meeting on Saturday with participants in a conference on consecrated life and the search for Christian Unity. The three day meeting, which concludes on Sunday, comes in the context of both this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the Year of Consecrated Life. Participants are concluding each day with Vespers in the Orthodox, Anglican and Catholic traditions, including the liturgy presided over by Pope Francis in the Basilica of St Paul’s Outside the Walls on Sunday. Listen to the report by Philippa Hitchen:  In his meeting with the men and women religious, Pope Francis recalled the words of the Second Vatican Council document ‘Unitatis Redintegratio’ stressing that spiritual ecumenism is the soul of the whole ecumenical movement. Consecrated people like yourselves, he said, therefore have a particular vocation in this work of promoting unity. The Pope also mentioned ecumenical communities like Taizé and Bose which have taken up this vocation and are privileged places of encounter between Christians of different denominations. The Pope spoke of three conditions at the core of the search for Christian unity – firstly, there’s no unity without conversion of heart, which includes forgiving and asking for forgiveness. Secondly he said there is no unity without prayer and therefore men and women religious who pray for unity are like ‘an invisible monastery’ bringing together Christians of different denominations from different countries around the world. Thirdly, the Pope said, there is no unity without holiness of daily life. so the more we put our search for unity into practise in our relations with others, the more we will be modelling our lives on the message of the Gospel. (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 9 hours
“If it is assumed that we all belong to human nature, prejudices and falsehoods can be overcome and an understanding of the other according to a new perspective can begin.” These were the words said by Pope Francis to the members of the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies today. The audience coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Institute’s opening. Listen to Junno Arochoàs report: In his address, the Pope noted the progress that has been made in interreligious dialogue. He also reflected on the exercise of listening to one another as not only a condition but a duty in acknowledging the values of others and in shedding a light on shared beliefs. “At the heart of everything is the need for an adequate formation so that, steadfast in one’s own identity, we can grow in mutual knowledge,” he said. The Holy Father cautioned those present on the danger of falling into a “facile syncretism”, which leads to a convenient, yet false, approach to dialogue. He explained the consequences of such an approach that “says yes to everything in order to avoid problems.” “It would end up becoming ‘a way of deceiving others and denying them the good which we have been given to share generously with others,’” the Pope said. Regarding the Institute’s 50th anniversary, the Pope praised their work and dedication in paving the way for dialogue between Christians and Muslims. Their work, he stressed, is crucial in combating violence. “Perhaps now more than ever such a need is felt, because the most effective antidote against all forms of violence is education towards the discovery and acceptance of differences,” he said. Concluding his address, Pope Francis expressed his hope that the Pontifical Institute will continue to become a central place of formation for Christians working in the area of interreligious dialogue.  (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 9 hours
Xuan Loc - "Today I have the joy of celebrating with you the 50th anniversary of the creation of the diocese of Xuan Loc, which took place on October 14, 1965, by decision of the Blessed Pope Paul VI, who at the same time erected the Diocese Phu Cuong, to which also goes my greetings and my best wishes". This is what Card. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples said on 24 January, during the Mass he presided in the Cathedral of the Diocese of Xuan Loc, almost at the end of his pastoral visit in Vietnam . "I know that you, the faithful of Xuan Loc, have been preparing for this anniversary with a beautiful five-year program - the Cardinal recalled in his homily - which had 'The Family', at the center in reference to the Parish, to the mystery of the Church, to charity, to the proclamation of the Gospel, and in this year, to the mystery of the Eucharist". He had words of appreciation for the work carried out by the Bishops who succeeded at the head of the diocese, for the priests, men and women religious and lay people, encouraging them with words often repeated by Pope Francis: "Courage! Go ahead!". This year marks the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council and the missionary decree "Ad Gentes," with which the Conciliar Fathers asked that evangelization passes completely under the total competence of the local Churches, therefore we can say that "Xuan Loc is the result of the Council, and as local Church, in recent years, it has taken on the task of proclaiming the Gospel and making you the true family of God" highlighted Card. Filoni, citing the current pastoral theme:"To renew our faith so that our families and our parishes become God’s families". Referring to the Bible readings during Mass, Cardinal. Filoni recalled what the Prophet Isaiah says about the mission of Jesus: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free". He stressed: "Is there a mission more beautiful, more noble, bigger than this? This is your mission today! Not another, just this"! Then he recalled the words of St. Paul:" Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel" and stressed:" But where? When? And the answer is: everywhere and always"! In Luke finally Jesus himself, in the synagogue of Nazareth, explains his mission: he was "consecrated to announce a message and a year of grace to the poor". The Cardinal concluded: "Dear brothers and sisters of Da Nang; dear brothers and sisters of Vietnam; I ask you to make yours this same mission, and with the same enthusiasm of the Apostles and the Missionaries that have brought you the faith, take it forward. How many people are waiting to know here and today, Christ. Good Apostolate"! Link correlati : The full text of the Cardinal’s homily, in Italian The full text of the Cardinal’s homily, in English The full text of the Cardinal’s homily, in French... 2 days 19 hours
Publicamos abaixo a homilia pronunciada pelo Papa Francisco no final da tarde, na Basílica de São Paulo Fora dos Muros, na celebração da Segundas Vésperas da Festa da Conversão de São Paulo Apóstolo, na conclusão da Semana de Oração pela Unidade dos Cristãos. *** Na sua viagem da Judeia para a Galileia, Jesus p... 2 days 22 hours
Aqui estão as palavras pronunciadas pelo Papa Francisco hoje ao meio-dia (horário local) antes de recitar a tradicional oração do Angelus na Praça de São Pedro. Depois do Angelus, o Papa lançou um apelo pela paz na Ucrânia. (Antes do Angelus) Queridos irmãos e irmãs, bom dia, Evangelho de hoje apresenta o i... 2 days 23 hours
 (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis this evening has gathered with the faithful of the diocese of Rome and with the representatives of the different Churches and Ecclesial Communities, in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls to mark the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Please find below a English language translation of the Pope's words during Vespers at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls On his way from Judea to Galilee, Jesus passes through Samaria.  He has no problem dealing with Samaritans, who were considered by the Jews to be heretics, schismatics, separated.  His attitude tells us that encounter with those who are different from ourselves can make us grow. Weary from his journey, Jesus does not hesitate to ask the Samaritan woman for something to drink.  His thirst, however, is much more than physical: it is also a thirst for encounter, a desire to enter into dialogue with that woman and to invite her to make a journey of interior conversion.  Jesus is patient, respectful of the person before him, and gradually reveals himself to her.  His example encourages us to seek a serene encounter with others.  To understand one another, and to grow in charity and truth, we need to pause, to accept and listen to one another.  In this way, we already begin to experience unity. The woman of Sychar asks Jesus about the place where God is truly worshiped.  Jesus does not side with the mountain or the temple, but goes to the heart of the matter, breaking down every wall of division.  He speaks instead of the meaning of true worship: “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (Jn 4:24).  So many past controversies between Christians can be overcome when we put aside all polemical or apologetic approaches, and seek instead to grasp more fully what unites us, namely, our call to share in the mystery of the Father’s love revealed to us by the Son through the Holy Spirit.  Christian unity will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions.  We need to realize that, to plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who harmonizes diversities and overcomes conflicts. Gradually the Samaritan woman comes to realize that the one who has asked her for a drink is able to slake her own thirst.  Jesus in effect tells her that he is the source of living water which can satisfy her thirst for ever (cf. Jn 4:13-14).  Our human existence is marked by boundless aspirations: we seek truth, we thirst for love, justice and freedom.  These desires can only be partially satisfied, for from the depths of our being we are prompted to seek “something more”, something capable of fully quenching our thirst.  The response to these aspirations is given by God in Jesus Christ, in his paschal mystery.  From the pierced side of Jesus there flowed blood and water (cf. Jn 19:34).  He is the brimming fount of the water of the Holy Spirit, “the love of God poured into our hearts (Rom 5:5) on the day of our baptism.  By the working of the Holy Spirit, we have become one in Christ, sons in the Son, true worshipers of the Father.  This mystery of love is the deepest ground of the unity which binds all Christians and is much greater than their historical divisions.  To the extent that we humbly advance towards the Lord, then, we also draw nearer to one another. Her encounter with Jesus made the Samaritan women a missionary.  Having received a greater and more important gift than mere water from a well, she leaves her jar behind (cf. Jn 4:28) and runs back to tell her townspeople that she has met the Christ (cf. Jn 4:29).  Her encounter with Jesus restored meaning and joy to her life, and she felt the desire to share this with others.  Today there are so many men and women around us who are weary and thirsting, and who ask us Christians to give them something to drink.  It is a request which we cannot evade.  In the call to be evangelizers, all the Churches and Ecclesial Communities discover a privileged setting for closer cooperation.  For this to be effective, we need to stop being self-enclosed, exclusive, and bent on imposing a uniformity based on merely human calculations (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 131).  Our shared commitment to proclaiming the Gospel enables us to overcome proselytism and competition in all their forms.  All of us are at the service of the one Gospel! In this joyful conviction, I offer a cordial and fraternal greeting to His Eminence Metropolitan Gennadios, the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch, to His Grace David Moxon, the personal representative in Rome of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and to all the representatives of the various Churches and Ecclesial Communions gathered here to celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.  I am also pleased to greet the members of the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches, and I offer them my best wishes for the fruitfulness of the plenary session to be held in these coming days.  I also greet the students from the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, and the young recipients of study grants from by the Committee for Cultural Collaboration with the Orthodox Churches, centred in the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Also present today are men and women religious from various Churches and Ecclesial Communities who have taken part in an ecumenical meeting organized by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life, in conjunction with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, to mark the Year for Consecrated Life.  Religious life, as prophetic sign of the world to come, is called to offer in our time a witness to that communion in Christ which transcends all differences and finds expression in concrete gestures of acceptance and dialogue.  The pursuit of Christian unity cannot be the sole prerogative of individuals or religious communities particularly concerned with this issue.  A shared knowledge of the different traditions of consecrated life, and a fruitful exchange of experiences, can prove beneficial for the vitality of all forms of religious life in the different Churches and Ecclesial Communities. Dear brothers and sisters, today all of us who thirst for peace and fraternity trustingly implore from our heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ the one Priest, and through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Apostle Paul and all the saints, the gift of full communion between all Christians, so that “the sacred mystery of the unity of the Church” (Unitatis Redintegratio, 2) may shine forth as the sign and instrument of reconciliation for the whole world. (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 23 hours

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WASHINGTON—The chairs of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Committee on Pro-life Activities welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 23 announcement that it would review the drug protocols of lethal injection executions in the state of Oklahoma. The court will consider whether the procedures violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

“I welcome the Court’s decision to review this cruel practice,” said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. “Our nation has witnessed through recent executions, such as occurred in Oklahoma, how the use of the death penalty devalues human life and diminishes respect for human dignity. We bishops continue to say, we cannot teach killing is wrong by killing.”

The Court’s decision to consider the case of Glossip v. Gross, brought by three death row inmates in Oklahoma, comes after several lethal injection executions were botched, including that of Clayton D. Lockett in Oklahoma.

“Society can protect itself in ways other than the use of the death penalty,” Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, Chair of the Committee on Pro-life Activities, said. “We pray that the Court’s review of these protocols will lead to the recognition that institutionalized practices of violence against any person erode reverence for the sanctity of every human life. Capital punishment must end.”

The U.S. bishops have been advocating against the death penalty for over 40 years. In 2005, they initiated the Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty and continue to work closely with state Catholic Conferences, the Catholic Mobilizing Network and other groups towards the abolition of the death penalty in the United States.  

The bishops join Pope Francis who in October 2014 called on Christians and all people of good will “to fight…for the abolition of the death penalty…in all its forms,” out of respect for human dignity.

The Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments in this matter in...
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CARA study finds two-thirds of new religious entered community life with bachelor’s degree or higher
Study comes ahead of February 2 World Day for Consecrated Life and February 8 nationwide Day of Open House with religious
Year of Consecrated Life called by Pope Francis began last November

WASHINGTON—Religious men and women who professed perpetual vows to the nearly 800 communities of religious life in the United States in 2014 are highly educated and more likely than the average Catholic adult to attend Catholic high schools and universities. These were among the findings of the annual survey on new men and women religious conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.

About four in 10 (42 percent) attended a Catholic elementary school, which is the same as that for all Catholic adults in the United States. They are more likely than other U.S. Catholics, however, to have attended a Catholic high school (31 percent of responding religious, compared to 22 percent of U.S. adult Catholics) and much more likely to have attended a Catholic college (34 percent of responding religious, compared to just 7 percent of U.S. adult Catholics.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations commissioned the survey and released the results before the annual celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life, February 2. The survey also comes amidst the Year of Consecrated Life, which began November 30, 2014. During this year, Catholics are invited to learn more about religious life by participating in three specially designated days. The first, the Day of Open House with Religious is February 8. Resources for the World Day of Consecrated Life, the Year of Consecrated Life and the entire CARA survey can be found at
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