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Celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy by discovering historical Jubilee Years

May 5, 2016 - 06:02 am .- To observe the Jubilee Year of Mercy and to connect it with past Jubilee Years, the pilgrimage office of the Diocese of Rome is displaying historical documents proclaiming the jubilees dating back to 1300.

Christians in Nigeria are essentially 'target practice' – here's one bishop's response

May 5, 2016 - 03:29 am .- For Bishop Matthew Kukah, persecution is not just the history of the Church. It’s a reality that he lives every day.

Salvatorians apologize for failing to protect Irish children from abusive priest

May 5, 2016 - 12:08 am .- The Salvatorians have offered their “deepest apology” for failing to stop a priest who sexually abused children in Ireland until his 2004 arrest.

EWTN asks federal court to reconsider its HHS mandate case

May 4, 2016 - 04:51 pm .- The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) has asked a federal court to reconsider its ruling forcing the company to comply with the revised HHS mandate, based on an admission by the federal government in its brief before the Supreme Court.

Iraqi Christians grateful, yet uneasy following foiled Islamic State attack

May 4, 2016 - 02:25 pm .- After Islamic State militants broke through Kurdish army forces Tuesday, killing one American and three Kurdish fighters, local Christians voiced gratitude that the attack failed, but remain shaken and on edge should there be another assault.  

Mass in sign language? Over 20 Spanish priests celebrate it every week

May 4, 2016 - 01:33 pm .- In the Catholic Church, the spoken language is central to the liturgy: we recite the Nicene Creed as one, we praise the Lord with the Gloria that we sing, and we bow our heads to hear the blessing we receive at the end of Mass.

Fr. Tom still missing, but bishop hopeful about his release

May 4, 2016 - 10:18 am .- Two months after being kidnapped in Yemen, Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil remains missing, although a bishop involved in his case remains hopeful about his timely release.

South African bishops rebuke government for spending billions on weapons

May 4, 2016 - 06:37 am .- The Catholic bishops of South Africa have criticized the government for excessive weapons spending given the country’s major social problems. 

Jesus' closeness to sinners isn’t a scandal – it's an example, Pope says

May 4, 2016 - 04:37 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the parable of the Good Shepherd is a key example of God’s mercy, because it represents the depth of the Lord's concern in ensuring that no one is lost.

Cost and conscience – why more Christians are ditching health insurance for this alternative

May 4, 2016 - 03:56 am .- The youngest of James Lansberry’s nine children almost didn’t survive his birth. Born with no heartbeat, he was resuscitated and spent 11 days in the neo-natal intensive care unit. The medical bill was over $200,000.

Mercy, peace, joy to be focus of Courage apostolate's 2016 conference

May 3, 2016 - 10:02 pm .- The Courage apostolate to those with same-sex attraction will hold its 29th annual conference this July at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

A pilgrimage for the poor to close out the Year of Mercy with Pope Francis

May 3, 2016 - 04:48 pm .- Thousands of poor and excluded men and women from across Europe will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity this November: a chance to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy in Rome with Pope Francis.

Nigerian bishop warns against embracing violence after attack by herdsmen

May 3, 2016 - 04:06 pm .- While the Diocese of Nsukka in southeastern Nigeria is still searching for answers following the massacre of dozens of Christians, Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah has urged locals to embrace peace even in the face of such “persistent provocation.”

Pope Francis' May prayer intention: honor the dignity of women

May 3, 2016 - 11:48 am .- In his May prayer video Pope Francis issued a global petition that women in all countries would be respected and valued, asking rhetorically if the mere recognition of their role is enough, or if more can be done.

Vatican envoy: Ukrainian refugees just want to go back home

May 3, 2016 - 06:23 am .- “I want to go back home.” This is the most common phrase uttered by internally displaced persons in Ukraine, says Msgr. Giampietro Dal Toso, Secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.  

U2's lead guitarist rocks Sistine Chapel in concert for a cure

May 3, 2016 - 03:31 am .- Lead guitarist The Edge from Irish rock band sensation U2 played “the most beautiful parish hall in the world” this weekend – the Sistine Chapel.

Nepalis show resilience one year after devastating earthquake

May 3, 2016 - 12:04 am .- Members of the international Catholic aid agency Caritas visited Nepal last week to mark the anniversary of a devastating earthquake that left millions homeless, bringing aid and a spirit of solidarity.

The world became more dangerous for religious believers last year

May 2, 2016 - 04:48 pm .- The right to exercise religion came under sustained assault around the world in 2015, according to a new report from a bipartisan United States commission, affecting Christians, Muslims, Jews, among others.

Cling to divine mercy, Pope Francis urges Mercedarian Order

May 2, 2016 - 03:15 pm .- Pope Francis on Monday met with representatives of a centuries-old Marian order of priests and brothers dedicated to mercy, encouraging them to persevere in their service to the marginalized by clinging to the “strength and joy” of the Gospel.

Use your vote to protect life: a message from Northern Ireland's bishops

May 2, 2016 - 01:53 pm .- Northern Ireland’s voters should use their vote to uphold the right to life, not violate it, the Catholic bishops of the region said.

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