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The liturgical reform, as seen by one of its protagonists

Sep 19, 2014 - 08:18 pm .- The newly published memoirs of Fr. Louis Bouyer, who was intimately involved in the reform of the Roman liturgy following Vatican II, reveal some of the relevant committee's doings, a prominent vaticanista has noted.  

Martyrs' memory to be a focus of Pope's visit to Albania

Sep 19, 2014 - 06:04 pm .- Focused on the memory of the martyrs, Pope Francis’ one-day journey to Albania is aimed at restoring the link between the country and its Catholic roots, which had been disturbed as secularization has advanced there.

Scottish bishops encourage cooperation, involvement in wake of vote

Sep 19, 2014 - 01:27 pm .- Following a historic vote in which Scotland rejected independence from the U.K., the Bishop’s Conference of Scotland recognized the decision and applauded the country’s strong participation in public debate.  

Priest hopes papal visit will nurture fledgling Albanian Church

Sep 19, 2014 - 11:48 am .- Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Albania could encourage the leaders of the Catholic Church in a nation with a long history of religious persecution and political domination, said a priest in the country.  

Spanish youth call on government to keep pro-life promises

Sep 18, 2014 - 09:29 pm .- A pro-life youth organization in Spain is asking the government to move forward with its reform of the country’s abortion laws, saying young people will oppose the party if it does not keep it’s pro-life pledges.  

Meeting of Families document offers global perspective

Sep 16, 2014 - 04:31 am .- The preparatory catechesis document for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is a “wonderful” work that addresses Catholic family issues from a global context, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said.  

Leeds' new bishop: 'I have longed and longed to be with you'

Sep 16, 2014 - 12:15 am .- Msgr. Marcus Stock, who was appointed Monday as Bishop of Leeds, England, has said in a message to his new flock that his motto as a bishop will be taken from Christ's words at the Last Supper, “I have longed and longed to be with you.”  

Being married by Pope Francis is a dream come true, couple says

Sep 12, 2014 - 04:46 pm .- An Italian couple to be married over the weekend by Pope Francis say they could not wish for anything more than to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony from the pontiff who has influenced their lives so greatly.  

Benedict XVI poses for first selfies

Sep 12, 2014 - 10:45 am .- The first “selfie” of retired pontiff Benedict XVI is making the rounds on social networks.

'One of Us' coalition to defend human life, dignity in Europe

Sep 12, 2014 - 02:14 am .- Citizens of 28 European countries belonging to 25 different organizations defending life and human dignity have come together to form the European Federation “One of Us,” named after a prominent E.U. citizen’s initiative.  

Brutally slain nuns recalled as women 'enamored' with God

Sep 11, 2014 - 04:21 pm .- Remembering the lives of the three Xaverian Missionary nuns murdered in Burundi over the weekend, the order’s vicar general hailed them as simple women in love with God and those they served.  

Legal group: Belgium's assisted suicide law failed a depressed woman

Sep 10, 2014 - 12:01 pm .- Belgium’s doctor-assisted suicide laws allowed an unqualified doctor to kill a depressed mother who did not have a terminal illness without notifying her family, the woman’s son has charged in legal filing against them.

Catholics in Ukrainian border diocese face suffering, uncertainty

Sep 9, 2014 - 04:55 am .- For Catholics in the southeast Ukrainian Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol, ongoing Russian control of Crimea has created serious challenges and “incredible devastation,” a local bishop said.  

Italian publication says it does not see ISIS violence as 'war of religion'

Sep 8, 2014 - 11:10 am .- Jesuit-run Italian newspaper La Civiltà Cattolica has clarified that it does not view ISIS violence as a 'war of religion,' although it believes the radical group sees its aggression in this manner.

US seminarians in Rome kick-off first year with softball tradition

Sep 5, 2014 - 02:04 am .- Each year, the Pontifical North American College in Rome celebrates Labor Day by pitting its second-year seminarians against the newly-arrived first years in a game of softball.

Spanish cardinal: My 'agenda' will be bringing others to Christ

Sep 4, 2014 - 01:16 pm .- The Spanish newspaper La Razon has published an interview with recently-named archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, who says he is thankful to God and to the Pope for his transfer to the Spanish archdiocese.  

Suspension of Fulton Sheen's cause expected to be temporary

Sep 4, 2014 - 07:32 am .- In the wake of the suspension of Archbishop Fulton Sheen's cause for canonization due to an ownership dispute of his remains, the office promoting his sainthood says it doesn't expect the halt to last long.

Pope Francis is a 'son of the Church' on pro-life issues

Sep 4, 2014 - 04:55 am .- Pope Francis has drawn praise for his firm pro-life stance as well as his approach to the topic – which goes to the heart of the issue and teaches the Church how to truly embrace humanity.

Scottish bishops encourage voting in independence referendum

Sep 4, 2014 - 04:04 am .- Multiple Scottish bishops have appealed to Catholics to vote in the Sept. 18 referendum which will decide whether or not Scotland will become independent of the United Kingdom.

Italian bishops support priest threatened by mafia

Sep 3, 2014 - 11:59 am .- Responding to threats on the life of an anti-mafia priest, the Italian bishop’s conference issued a letter offering support and calling for an end to corruption and injustice.

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