Archive of December 12, 2013

Rome's near-abandoned Guadalupe shrine marks feast

Dec 12, 2013 - 03:38 pm .- Several hundred yards from the heart of the ancient forum, devotees are gathering in the run-down Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere today where one of the first copies of the Virgin of Guadalupe is on display.

Pope highlights 'joy of the Church' on Twitter anniversary

Dec 12, 2013 - 03:08 pm .- One year after the official opening of the papal Twitter account, Pope Francis invited his nearly 11 million followers on the social media site to remember the joy that characterizes the Catholic Church.

Puerto Rico layman could become second black saint from Americas

Dec 12, 2013 - 12:24 pm .- Pope Francis has approved the heroic virtues of Servant of God Rafael Cordero Molina, a layman from Puerto Rico who dedicated his life to fighting racism and educating black children.

Pope names two new bishops for Mississippi and Texas

Dec 12, 2013 - 11:37 am .- Pope Francis has named two U.S. priests as the next bishops of the Dioceses of Jackson, Miss. and San Angelo, Texas.

Fraternity is the 'foundation' of peace, Pope's message says

Dec 12, 2013 - 10:26 am .- Pope Francis' first message for the World Day of Peace was issued today by the Vatican, revealing the pontiff's special emphasis on fostering greater global fraternity in the process of obtaining peace.

God speaks to us 'with the voice of a child,' Pope reflects

Dec 12, 2013 - 07:11 am .- During his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on how God lowers himself to converse on our level, and encouraged those present to make more moments of silence in order to prepare for the birth of Jesus.

Congressman highlights ongoing Philippines recovery efforts

Dec 12, 2013 - 04:35 am .- Despite facing a long path to recovery after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, the people of the Philippines have not given up hope, says a U.S. Congressman who recently visited the country.Congressman highlights ongoing Philippines recovery efforts

Thai community pays tribute to 'unsung hero' Father Ray Brennan

Dec 12, 2013 - 12:06 am .- Observing the tenth anniversary of the death of Fr. Ray Brennan, a Redemptorist missionary from the U.S., the Thai community has launched fundraising initiatives to support the orphanage he founded.

Zimbabwean bishops concerned by polarization after elections

Dec 12, 2013 - 12:02 am .- The bishops of Zimbabwe have released a proposal for restoration and peace in the country following the national elections which were held in July and which have polarized the nation's people.

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