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Cardinal wowed by vocation surge at Rome's American seminary

Jan 6, 2015 - 03:22 pm .- The Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin voiced enthusiasm at seeing the high number of American seminarians studying in Rome – calling it a sign that vocations are on the rise.

'It's like Jesus is coming to the Philippines': Frenzy builds over Francis

Jan 6, 2015 - 04:02 am .- A priest on the papal flight for Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the Philippines said the country is anxiously awaiting the pontiff and is anticipating his paternal closeness with those who suffer.

'No human invention' – Marriage a divine plan, bishop says

Jan 5, 2015 - 01:28 pm .- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has responded to Pope Francis' call for renewed commitment to the “Gospel of the Family” by releasing a pastoral letter on the special vocation and mission of the family.

For Catholics in Ukraine 'the situation in the war zones is catastrophic'

Jan 3, 2015 - 06:01 am .- For Bishop Stanislav Shyrokoradiuk of Kharkiv-Zaporizha, the situation in Eastern Ukraine is dramatic: his diocese encompasses almost the entire eastern part of Ukraine, including areas that are no longer under the control of the government in Kyiv.

Conference to consider the human element in Catholic family life

Jan 2, 2015 - 01:42 pm .- Catholic marriage preparation and pastoral care of the family in light of human nature will be the topic of an upcoming Rome conference that takes inspiration from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.

UK youth create Advent video calendar

Dec 21, 2014 - 01:00 pm .- Made for Glory, a by-the-youth, for-the-youth faith initiative in the UK, has been releasing a video for every day of Advent. Each video features a reflection from one of several young people based upon that day’s Gospel reading. So far, they've produced 25 videos for their virtual Advent calendar. 

Scriptures come to life for Irish families through Jesse Box

Dec 21, 2014 - 04:02 am .- A new initiative out of Ireland is using Biblical dioramas to engage parents and children in Scripture. The Jesse Box, says one of its creators Sebastian Kraszkiewicz, aims “to help pass the faith to the children and to encourage family liturgy.”

Fr Lombardi's 'Ten Commandments' for Catholic communications

Dec 19, 2014 - 03:01 pm .- “To communicate is to unify” is the first of the “Ten Words of Communication” that Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, described in a lecture given Nov. 24 at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome.

A 'bullying' move? UK midwife abortion ruling sparks outcry

Dec 18, 2014 - 05:14 pm .- The U.K. Supreme Court has ruled that midwives in charge of delivery wards are not exempt from assisting in the procurement of abortions – prompting warnings that the decision will have significant consequences for medical personnel opposed to the procedure.

At Vienna conference, Holy See renews call for nuclear disarmament

Dec 16, 2014 - 02:01 am .- At a meeting on the impact of nuclear arms last week, the Holy See complained that institutions have not found the proper solution to address the nuclear arms issue, and praised the gathering as a new hope towards nuclear disarmament.

'Every five minutes, a Christian dies in the Middle East'

Dec 12, 2014 - 04:47 am .- Fr. Gabriel Nadaf is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church. He lives in Nazareth and faces death threats for publicizing the state of Christians in the Middle East.

The politics of Pope Francis: An anti-corruption, anti-ideology populism

Dec 9, 2014 - 10:02 pm .- Most people “still don’t know how Pope Francis thinks,” says a longtime Catholic observer who believes the Pope’s approach to politics is an ordinary path that rejects both corruption and elite ideological obsessions isolated from real people.

Protect us – One archbishop's plea as Nigeria elections loom

Dec 4, 2014 - 05:01 pm .- As Nigeria's general elections draw near, the archbishop of the central city of Jos warned candidates not to put political agendas over people's safety and urged more rapid solutions to Boko Haram violence.

Turkish Muslims 'deeply appreciated' papal visit

Dec 4, 2014 - 12:03 pm .- Pope Francis' visit to Turkey was highly appreciated by Muslims because of the care and interest he demonstrated for them, and for his acknowledgement that not all Muslims are terrorists, a local scholar has said.

This 82-year-old cardinal says he'll face jail for democracy

Dec 4, 2014 - 04:02 am .- One of several leaders of Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement to surrender to police after months of pro-democracy protests, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said he is ready to go to jail.

Papal mace points to education's true purpose, Scottish bishop says

Dec 4, 2014 - 12:28 am .- The presentation of a special Papal mace marking the 600th anniversary of Scotland’s oldest university is a reminder of the ultimate purpose of education – to know, love and serve God, said the local bishop.  

'Year for Vocations': English diocese stresses universal call to sainthood

Dec 2, 2014 - 04:04 am .- Alongside the Year for Consecrated Life called for by Pope Francis, the Diocese of Shrewsbury, England, is observing 2015 as a year for vocations, promoting among the faithful the universal call to sanctity.  

Thousands of Tango dancers to perform for Pope's birthday

Dec 2, 2014 - 02:43 am .- Pope Francis enjoys the customs of his native Argentina. He drinks mate – an Argentinean tea – he follows soccer, and likes to listen to Tango music.  

A challenge and a grace – life for Catholics in Turkey

Dec 1, 2014 - 02:10 pm .- Living as a Catholic in the majority Muslim country of Turkey can be difficult, but it can also be a blessing and a call to witness, says Mexican priest Father Ruben Tierrablanca Gonzalez.  

Patriarch prays for full union between Catholic, Orthodox churches

Nov 29, 2014 - 10:20 am .- In a prayer gathering on the second day of Pope Francis' visit to Turkey, Patriarch Bartholomew I welcomed him with joy, saying his presence is a symbolic “bridging” of the East and West.

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