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This 100-year-old priest still has a very important task: fighting Satan

Aug 5, 2015 - 02:01 pm .- On August 1, the oldest priest in the Diocese of Malaga, Spain turned 100 years old. After a century of life, Father Francisco Acevedo says he still has important work to do.

Meet Saint Nektarios – a philosopher, poet and miracle worker

Aug 5, 2015 - 04:01 am .- Buried in a hilltop monastery on a small Greek island, Saint Nektarios – one of the most widely known and venerated Greek Orthodox saints – draws thousands of pilgrims each year, and is known for his writings and miracles.

How one skeptical scientist came to believe the Shroud of Turin

Aug 4, 2015 - 04:01 am .- The Shroud of Turin has different meanings for many people: some see it as an object of veneration, others a forgery, still others a medieval curiosity. For one Jewish scientist, however, the evidence has led him to see it as a meeting point between science and faith.

Help from above: Priest in a helicopter exorcises Italian town

Jul 31, 2015 - 02:02 pm .- A priest has performed an aerial exorcism of the Italian seaside town of Castellammare di Stabia in response to a spree of church-targeted thefts and vandalism in the area.

Could 'British values' push jeopardize Catholic education in the UK?

Jul 30, 2015 - 03:02 am .- Some Catholics in Great Britain are concerned the push for “British values” in schools, meant to counter Islamist extremism, could harm sincere religious believers and burden Catholic schools, rather than advance human dignity.

'Shadow council' speaker pushes Church acceptance of contraception, gay sex

Jul 29, 2015 - 03:01 am .- Yes to contraception, homosexual acts, and Communion for the divorced and remarried – all considering the circumstances. No to understanding any acts as intrinsically evil.

French bishops: Don't euthanize paralyzed man

Jul 21, 2015 - 03:28 pm .- Bishop Thierry Scherrer of Laval, France, and the Bioethics Committee of his diocese are pleading with doctors at a hospital in Reims not to end the life of a young quadriplegic man.

Behold the newly-discovered painting in Rome's Catacomb of Callixtus

Jul 21, 2015 - 12:03 am .- A recent discovery in the Catacomb of Saint Callixtus, an early Christian series of tombs beneath Rome which once held the bodies of 16 Popes, has been christened the “Orpheus cubicle” after the figure from Greek mythology.

The slow demise of Catholic magazines in Italy

Jul 18, 2015 - 04:15 pm .- A Catholic-inspired magazine that was once a leader in publishing opinions in Church discussions will quit publication by the end of the year, evidence of a crisis that have been plaguing Catholic magazines during the last decade.

This Jewish man survived Nazi Germany. Now he's rescuing Christians from ISIS

Jul 17, 2015 - 04:02 am .- George Weidenfeld was barely eighteen when Nazi forces occupied his homeland of Austria in 1938. He may not have lived to see his 95th birthday – celebrated this year – if not for the selflessness and generosity of Christians during World War II. 

Byte-sized faith: Young priests launch new Catholic podcast

Jul 16, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Podcasts are arguably the greatest comeback-kids of the internet. Once thought to be slowing fading into oblivion, the boom of smartphones and Bluetooth technology, and hits like “Serial,” brought the medium back with a force.

Catholics in Bologna mourn Cardinal Biffi, a humorous, plain-spoken preacher

Jul 15, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Humour, realism and culture characterized the life of Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, who died July 11 at the age of 87. The former Archbishop of Bologna had retired in 2003 and was living in small house near Bologna, but had been hospitalized for the past year in a clinic, where he died after a long sickness.

With freedom for Catholic education uncertain, English diocese charts a path

Jul 13, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Catholic schools in England could face problems under both a new “British values” government mandate and demands to approve same-sex relationships. But in the Diocese of Portsmouth, new education guidelines focus on Catholic fidelity, love of neighbor, and the love of Jesus Christ.

Spanish court recognizes pharmacists' conscience rights

Jul 8, 2015 - 03:44 pm .- Spain's Constitional Court has issued a ruling protecting the conscience rights of pharmacists who decline to sell the morning after pill on the basis of religious belief or other conscientious objection.

Pope's encyclical forges unusual allies in fight for the environment

Jul 2, 2015 - 11:48 am .- The Vatican recently added the voice of self-described “secular Jewish feminist” Naomi Klein to their discussion on the climate, signaling a wider collaboration in the push for environmental protection.

Pontifical university plans to offer diploma in child protection by 2016

Jul 2, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Beginning in the spring of 2016, Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University will begin offering an intensive one-semester diploma program on the safeguarding of minors and the prevention of sex abuse by clergy.

Why choose celibacy? A gay Catholic speaks out

Jul 1, 2015 - 04:03 am .- More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching.

Meet Father Salvatore, the young priest whose life moved the Pope

Jul 1, 2015 - 12:02 am .- The life of Father Salvatore Mellone, who died on Monday, was moving to thousands of people. He was to have at least two more years of seminary when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but by special permission and the blessing of Pope Francis, he was ordained nevertheless.

What does it look like to be gay – and a practicing Catholic?

Jun 30, 2015 - 04:02 am .- More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching.

CDF reportedly judges Medjugorje apparitions false, but permits pilgrimage

Jun 25, 2015 - 12:13 pm .- If reports in Italian media outlets are to be believed, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met June 24 to discuss the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, reaching the conclusion that they are inauthentic, but recognizing the site as a place of prayer.

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