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How Catholics in Scotland are reforming marriage prep

Oct 23, 2014 - 02:04 am .- A new marriage preparation program in the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh aims to help engaged Catholics on their path to marriage by rediscovering beauty, value of the sacrament.

Formation for marriage can't end at the wedding, Catholic couple says

Oct 21, 2014 - 04:02 am .- As the Church continues to reflect on the pastoral needs of the family following the recent Synod of Bishops, there has emerged the need for marriage formation lasting well beyond the day a husband and wife take their vows.

200,000 activists tell Europe: stand up for persecuted Christians

Oct 20, 2014 - 04:26 pm .- More than 200,000 people have signed a petition asking European leaders to offer “real help” for persecuted Christians and other religious minorities around the world.  

Priest returning to Iraq: ISIS threatens the whole world

Oct 16, 2014 - 04:59 pm .- An Iraqi priest who has chosen to return to his city, which lies just six miles from ISIS-controlled territory, said that in the midst of an increasingly desperate situation, the help of world powers is greatly needed.

LGBT activist group hopes to influence family synod

Oct 15, 2014 - 12:48 am .- The start of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family has triggered a wave of activism from well-funded LGBT activist groups in the U.S. who are targeting “outspoken” Catholic bishops in hopes of changing Catholic practice and moral doctrine.  

To Archbishop Kurtz, synod a confidence boost for married couples

Oct 12, 2014 - 04:02 pm .- The Synod on the Family is an opportunity to assure married couples they can succeed at marriage despite the many challenges facing them, according to Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville.

Vote or let Bosnia stay mired in instability, bishop warns

Oct 9, 2014 - 02:53 am .- In the run-up to national elections, the bishops of Bosnia and Herzegovina are encouraging the nation's citizens to vote for the rule of law, in hopes of bringing the country out of the instability which sparked violent protests earlier this year.  

Vatican to the world: Displaced immigrants deserve your attention

Oct 9, 2014 - 12:50 am .- Noting an alarming increase in forcibly-displaced migrants around the world, the Holy See has asked the United Nations to take a more proactive role in working to prevent displacements.  

Don't expect 'sound bite solutions' from synod, US cardinal says

Oct 7, 2014 - 03:13 am .- While there will not be any quick fixes unveiled at this year’s synod, a fair amount of talk can be expected on the application of the Church’s pastoral practice, predicted Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.  

True pastoral work never contradicts doctrine, cardinal stresses

Oct 5, 2014 - 05:17 am .- As bishops from around the world prepare to discuss pastoral solutions to various challenges surrounding the family, German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller explained that these solutions cannot oppose Church teaching.  

Taking Gospel seriously on marriage is not 'rigid' – it's love

Oct 4, 2014 - 05:58 am .- The editor of a high-profile book on marriage said that adhering to Christ’s Gospel teachings on divorce is not harsh and mean-spirited, but rather a form of tough love aimed at the salvation of souls.  

Cardinal Kasper: Adultery language is offensive, insulting

Oct 3, 2014 - 08:02 pm .- In recent interviews, German Cardinal Walter Kasper suggested that while Church doctrine cannot change, it can be adapted and interpreted in different ways, and language can be softened when it is deemed offensive.

Young men at ordination: 'I can't imagine a better way to live'

Oct 3, 2014 - 05:03 pm .- Transitional deacons ordained this week in St. Peter’s Basilica shared their experience of overwhelming joy in serving God, which stems from a life of sacrifice that’s worth giving everything to live.

'There is no authentic and true pastoral care against doctrine'

Oct 3, 2014 - 02:15 am .- Despite media expectations for the upcoming synod of bishops, Pope Francis will make his final decisions in his legitimate role as Pope, and will certainly carry forward a line of renewal in continuity, an archbishop and historian has said.  

Advice to new deacons: Renew your 'yes' to God every day

Oct 2, 2014 - 03:10 pm .- Cardinal Donald Wuerl ordained 43 seminarians from the Pontifical North American College in Rome as deacons, reminding them to always be open to God and to live their new ministry with joy.

Pro-euthanasia ruling axed due to plaintiff's secret suicide

Oct 2, 2014 - 12:52 am .- A woman’s lawsuit aiming to change European law on assisted suicide has been thrown out after revelations that she had secretly committed suicide three years ago, unbeknownst even to her lawyer.  

Cardinal Mueller: Do not remove challenges of Gospel

Oct 1, 2014 - 02:14 am .- With the Synod on the Family just days away, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith cautioned against deconstructing the Gospel message to make it artificially easy.  

New bishop of Salford, England accepts appointment with trepidation

Sep 30, 2014 - 01:48 pm .- Bishop John Arnold, who was appointed Tuesday as Bishop of Salford, said that while the move will be a new experience for him, he will seek to serve his new Church in missionary discipleship.  

Jesuits' history shows trust in God amid trials, Pope Francis says

Sep 30, 2014 - 12:00 am .- The suppression and subsequent restoration of the Society of Jesus shows the importance of discernment and trusting in God even in tribulation, rather than relying on one’s own cunning or dwelling on one’s persecution, Pope Francis reflected on Saturday.

Russian expansion endangers Catholics in Ukraine, nuncio warns

Sep 29, 2014 - 02:04 am .- The apostolic nuncio to Ukraine has urged efforts to support Catholics in the nation, warning that Russia’s expansion into the country has caused major instability and threatens a return to political persecution.

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December 20, 2014

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