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Thousands gather in Rome to support the family, oppose gender theory

Jun 24, 2015 - 12:04 am .- A pro-family demonstration drew hundreds of thousands of participants to Rome on Saturday, where the rally gathered those opposed to the introduction of gender ideology in Italian schools and to a bill which would expand the rights of those in civil unions.

What Pope Francis owes the Salesians

Jun 23, 2015 - 04:03 am .- Pope Francis is a Jesuit, but he has Salesian roots.

Pope Francis reconnects with relatives in Turin

Jun 23, 2015 - 12:00 am .- During his trip to Turin this week, Pope Francis visited his relatives and his ancestors' parish, his father, an Italian emigrant to Argentina, having been baptized in the city.

A wish granted – Pope meets with young prisoners in Turin

Jun 22, 2015 - 02:54 pm .- For Fr. Domenico Ricca, chaplain of the Ferrante Aporti juvenile prison in Turin, this weekend’s visit from Pope Francis was a dream come true.  

Pope Francis asks forgiveness of Christian group over historical persecution

Jun 22, 2015 - 12:28 pm .- Pope Francis met on Monday with members of the Waldensian movement, an ecclesial community which suffered persecution from Catholic authorities from the 12th to 17th centuries. He apologized for the Church's “non-Christian attitudes and behavior” towards the Waldensians during that period.

A Vatican two-wheeler: Teen mechanics restore motorbike for Pope Francis

Jun 21, 2015 - 06:49 pm .- A group of teenagers at a Salesian-run professional school in Italy have restored a motorbike as a gift for the Pope.

Clearing up the confusion: New film sheds light on beauty, truth of marriage

Jun 21, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- Ahead of the highly anticipated Synod on the Family in October, many dioceses and Catholic media producers are finding new ways to ramp up their resources on marriage and family life.

Pope in Turin: Allow God to make us new

Jun 21, 2015 - 12:42 pm .- Pope Francis has challenged Christians to seek safety in God’s transformative power, and not in the world.  

Pope Francis asks workers: give immigrants compassion, not blame

Jun 21, 2015 - 10:40 am .- Pope Francis has encouraged workers not to blame their economic troubles on migrants, who are themselves often victims of injustice and treated like merchandise rather than human beings.

Shroud of Turin reminds us of all human suffering, Pope Francis says

Jun 21, 2015 - 07:42 am .- Pope Francis prayed before the Shroud of Turin on Sunday and reflected on the role the reputed burial cloth of Jesus Christ can play in Christian spiritual life.

Summorum Pontificum Conference celebrates Benedict XVI's liturgical legacy

Jun 19, 2015 - 07:07 am .- The fourth annual Summorum Pontificum Conference was held last Saturday in Rome to promote the understanding and use of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, and to discuss the liturgical heritage of Benedict XVI.

A warning for Europe: court ruling undermines right to life guarantees for comatose

Jun 9, 2015 - 11:37 am .- The European Court of Human Rights’ recent decision to allow the removal of a comatose French man’s intravenous feeding tube could have far-reaching consequences, one legal observer has said.

Polish, Eastern Catholic bishops stand firm on pastoral care for families

Jun 9, 2015 - 06:01 am .- During recent meetings which were held separately, both the Polish bishops and the Eastern Catholic bishops from Europe have discussed the family in view of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and are likely to uphold Catholic pastoral care for families.

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.

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