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3D technology takes pilgrims 'back in time' to Medieval Church

Jun 9, 2015 - 03:55 am .- For fans of Church history and architecture, 3D imaging may be the second-best thing to time travel, allowing them to experience a medieval church as it existed hundreds of years ago.

Bishop Heiner Koch, a German delegate to Family Synod, appointed Berlin archbishop

Jun 8, 2015 - 01:37 pm .- The Vatican confirmed on Monday, June 8 that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Heiner Koch of Dresden-Meissen as Archbishop of Berlin.

Archbishop: Ukrainian conflict is Europe's biggest crisis since WWII

Jun 7, 2015 - 03:53 pm .- The head of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church said the country is facing a “humanitarian catastrophe” with global consequences that cannot be ignored by the international community.

Bosnia can be a sign of unity in a world torn by conflict, Pope says

Jun 6, 2015 - 03:24 pm .- Pope Francis met with leaders of the prominent religions represented in Bosnia and Herzegovina during his day-trip its capital, telling them that if fraternal dialogue is fostered, the country – once torn by war and ethnic divisions – could become sign of peace for the world.

Pope Francis: A consecrated person who doesn't forgive isn't needed

Jun 6, 2015 - 11:57 am .- Moved by the testimony of two priests and a religious sister who endured atrocities during the Bosnian War, Pope Francis on Saturday told a gathering of Bosnian priests, religious and seminarians that forgiveness is an essential part of their vocation.

Former POWs in Bosnia and Herzegovina encourage healing wounds, banishing hatred

Jun 6, 2015 - 11:11 am .- A Croat, a Bosniak and a Serb who each survived detention camps during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war said they feel no hate over the matter, and they do not blame any ethnic community, as responsibility is an individual matter.

The peals of a 'Jesuit bell' welcome Pope Francis to Sarajevo

Jun 6, 2015 - 09:35 am .- As Pope Francis processed into Mass in Sarajevo’s Kosevo Stadium this morning, a massive bell named for St. Francis Xavier was placed at the top of the entrance and two Jesuit priests rang the bell, which will later be given to a new Jesuit parish in the city.

'Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo' highlight pain of loss in Bosnian War

Jun 5, 2015 - 05:12 pm .- When Pope Francis visits Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow, he will be visiting a country still devastated by the three-year Bosnian War that took place in the early 1990s.

Justice, peace and equality: Sarajevo's hopes for papal visit

Jun 5, 2015 - 04:51 pm .- Pope Francis’ visit to Sarajevo could be an opportunity to advance peace, equality, and justice for Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite a declining Catholic population whose refugees have still not returned home.

Pope leads Rome's Corpus Christi procession on behalf of persecuted Christians

Jun 4, 2015 - 02:42 pm .- Persecuted Christians were remembered during Thursday's Corpus Christi procession in Rome, where Pope Francis told the thousands taking part to walk and pray in unity with those who cannot express their faith so openly.

Why did most of the journalists at the 'shadow council' fail to report on it?

Jun 4, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Since only one quarter of the media representatives present at last week's closed-door meeting of German, French, and Swiss bishops have reported on the meeting, speculation has arisen in Rome that the group is preparing to launch a media blitz in favor of controversial changes to pastoral care for homosexuals and the divorced and remarried in the final weeks leading up to the Synod on the Family.

Catholics voice hope that Pope Francis will build bridges in Bosnia

Jun 3, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- Pope Francis will find a country still suffering from ethnic and religious suspicion when he visits Bosnia and Herzegovina this weekend, but some hope that his visit will help encourage unity.

These monks are convinced: Gregorian chant will make your life better

Jun 3, 2015 - 04:02 am .- The Benedictine Monks of Norcia spend their lives in prayer and labor – “ora et labora” – chanting the psalms and producing crafts to support themselves. This week, they also released an album meant to share their prayer with the world – music, they say, that has what your soul needs.

How a baker in Northern Ireland is standing up for faith in the workplace

Jun 2, 2015 - 12:04 am .- After a legal ruling deemed a bakery in Northern Ireland to have discriminated against a gay customer, the bakery’s owners have decided to appeal the decision, hoping to promote the place of faith in the public square.

A supernatural sign? Rare solar halo appears at Romero beatification

Jun 1, 2015 - 10:30 am .- As the relics of Blessed Oscar Romero were brought out for veneration during his beatification Mass in San Salvador, the cloudy skies parted and a ring of light – known as a “solar halo” – appeared around the sun.

After mounting criticism, Scotland's assisted suicide bill defeated in Parliament

May 31, 2015 - 06:02 am .- The controversial Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill was defeated on Wednesday by the Scottish Parliament 82-36 in a free vote in Edinburgh, following rising dissent against the legislation.

As conflict rages on, Ukrainian troops make a pilgrimage for peace

May 29, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Members of the Ukrainian army recently traveled to Lourdes, France for an international military pilgrimage aimed at promoting peace – something the whole country is said to be praying for.

Not a burden, but a grace: The indissolubility of marriage

May 27, 2015 - 06:03 am .- The sacrament of marriage, characterized as it is by indissolubility, is good news for the people of today, according to a Spanish priest who specializes in family and marriage issues.

'Little' friars credit vocation boom to Pope's name

May 26, 2015 - 03:33 pm .- Gathered in Rome for their general chapter meeting, members of the Order of Friars Minor – better known as Franciscans – said that while vocations in general have been down in recent years, numbers have begun to rise again after Pope Francis’ election.

As synod council meets, 'shadow council' pushes acceptance of gay unions

May 26, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- While the Synod of Bishops' ordinary council gathered to discuss the upcoming Synod on the Family this week, a private group of bishops and experts convened separately behind closed doors in Rome to consider the most controversial issues at the synod, particularly that of Communion for the divorced and remarried.

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