Archive of November 21, 2013

Carmelite nun from Syria describes pain of civil war

Nov 21, 2013 - 05:56 pm .- Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross, a Lebanese-born nun who has lived nearly 20 years in Syria, is travelling the U.S. advocating for peace and reflecting on how the conflict has affected life in the region.

Pope's words in interview may not have been his own, Scalfari says

Nov 21, 2013 - 05:39 pm .- Editor Eugenio Scalfari has conceded it is “really possible” that some of the Pope's words he reported in the interview published in La Repubblica Oct. 1 “were not shared by the Pope himself.”

Pope to Filipino community: pray with a child's simplicity

Nov 21, 2013 - 04:37 pm .- Pope Francis met with the Filipino community of Rome today, encouraging them in the wake of their native country's recent disaster to never tire of praying, even if the prayer is that of a child.

Archbishop rejects use of Pope's words to justify Illinois 'gay marriage'

Nov 21, 2013 - 03:04 pm .- As same-sex “marriage” becomes law in Illinois, the U.S. bishops’ head of marriage defense issues has lamented the “disgraceful” misuse of Pope Francis’ words to justify the institution’s redefinition.

Freiburg auxiliary bishop retires, shortly before 75th birthday

Nov 21, 2013 - 10:35 am .- Pope Francis accepted the resignation Nov. 21 of Bishop Rainer Klug, an auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, “upon having reached the age limit,” according to the Vatican Information Service.

Eastern Patriarchs 'watchful guardians' of unity, Pope says

Nov 21, 2013 - 08:23 am .- Pope Francis spoke with Patriarchs of various Oriental Churches during a four day gathering in Rome, stating that it is their task to help foster unity in the Church, and to remember the persecuted.

Church must foster encounter with culture, cardinals say

Nov 21, 2013 - 04:09 am .- Prominent Church leaders from the Americas encouraged the faithful to consider the intersection of faith and culture, so as to respond to radical and fundamental changes in society.

Google maps launch virtual tour of Roman catacombs

Nov 21, 2013 - 02:02 am .- The internet's largest search engine has created a digital map of two large catacombs in Rome, hoping to expose users to the historical sites' beauty and spark curiosity to learn more about them.

Christmas toy drive for schools is constitutional, lawyer says

Nov 21, 2013 - 12:06 am .- After two public schools ended their affiliation with an evangelical-run Christmas toy drive for impoverished children, a lawyer with a group that supports religious liberty said such affiliation is in fact constitutional.

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