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AK-47 designer felt 'unbearable' pain for rifle deaths

Jan 15, 2014 - 03:03 pm .- According to a Russian daily, Mikhail Kalashnikov wrote a letter more than six months before his death expressing repentance for his design of the AK-47 assault rifle.

Scottish official rejects sex ed guidelines for Catholic schools

Jan 15, 2014 - 04:10 am .- A Scottish Catholic education leader is “confident” the government’s proposal for sex education in Catholic schools regarding contraception and homosexual unions will not be implemented.

Papal almoner celebrates funeral for homeless man

Jan 14, 2014 - 04:23 pm .- Vatican officials held a funeral Mass on Jan. 10 for Alexander Pawlewski, a beggar who was often seen on the streets of Rome and died from exposure to the cold last month.

Legionaries seek to continue service with 'renewed enthusiasm'

Jan 10, 2014 - 02:30 pm .- As the Legionaries meet in Rome for their General Chapter, spokesman Fr. Benjamin Clariond voiced the congregation's hopes for a stronger apostolate with a more keen awareness of their challenges.

Drastic increase in murders of religious, missionaries in 2013

Jan 8, 2014 - 01:18 pm .- The Church throughout the world has expereince increased violence in the past year, according to a recent global report on the murders of priests, religious and lay faithful.

Pope encouraged Malta bishop to speak out against gay adoption bill

Jan 3, 2014 - 02:35 pm .- Pope Francis was “shocked” by a bill in Malta that would allow gay couples to adopt children, said a bishop from the small island nation, adding that the Holy Father had encouraged him to speak up on the issue.

Archbishop Müller affirms doctrine, pastoral care for divorced

Jan 3, 2014 - 09:29 am .- In a recent interview with Corriere della Sera, the Vatican's head official on doctrinal matters discussed the importance of personal pastoral care for divorced re-married persons, while adhering to Church teaching.

Belgium considers legalizing euthanasia for minors

Dec 30, 2013 - 09:07 am .- Despite religious opposition, the Belgian Senate voted Dec. 13 in favor of a bill which would expand legal euthanasia to terminally ill minors and persons with dementia.

Legal group fights Swiss lawsuit promoting euthanasia

Dec 28, 2013 - 09:07 am .- The U.S.-based legal group Alliance Defending Freedom has issued a legal brief supporting Swiss laws that bar assisted suicide for those who do not suffer from any fatal disease.

Christianity helps women rise out of poverty, economist finds

Dec 20, 2013 - 05:04 pm .- A researcher at Washington D.C.'s Georgetown University has found that impoverished women in India are more likely to improve their economic circumstances after converting to Christianity.

A look back at Vatican reporting, with the late 'dean of vaticanisti'

Dec 20, 2013 - 04:54 pm .- Benny Lai, known in Italy as “dean of the vaticanisti”, died Dec. 12 at the age of 88, following a lengthy illness. Before his death he shared with CNA in a series of interviews a look back at the past 60 years of covering the Vatican.

Help purify Legion of Christ, cardinal tells new priests

Dec 20, 2013 - 12:02 pm .- Cardinal Velasio de Paolis told 31 new priests of Legionaries of Christ that their perseverance shows “the love of Christ” that can overcome the past scandals of their congregation and purify and renew it.

Pope Francis sends Christmas presents to 2,000 poor immigrants

Dec 18, 2013 - 11:33 am .- Two thousand immigrants at a shelter near the Vatican received simple Christmas presents from Pope Francis on the evening of Dec. 14.

Respond to divorced Catholics with love, theologians urge

Dec 18, 2013 - 02:02 am .- The Catholic Church must reach out to Catholics who are divorced and remarried to let them know they are welcome even if they cannot receive the sacraments, several theologians have noted.

Experts warn of 'ominous trends' in Western secularism

Dec 16, 2013 - 03:15 am .- Experts on religious liberty cautioned participants at a weekend conference in Rome that discrimination and persecution against Christians is growing in many regions of the world. 

Patriarch: Work with Muslims to promote religious freedom

Dec 15, 2013 - 01:35 pm .- The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church is calling on the faithful to reach out to Muslims in order to foster a common understanding of religious liberty and cooperation in supporting it.

Ecumenism with Orthodox is near to Pope's heart, cardinal says

Dec 14, 2013 - 05:25 pm .- The relationship between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches is very important to Pope Francis, said the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.

Pope Francis visits Vatican children's clinic

Dec 14, 2013 - 09:32 am .- On the morning of Dec. 14, Pope Francis paid a visit to patients and workers of the pediatric dispensary of Santa Marta, who surprised the Pontiff with a small birthday celebration.

Regnum Christi's consecrated women choose leadership

Dec 13, 2013 - 05:24 pm .- The consecrated women of Regnum Christi, the lay association of the Legion of Christ, have elected Spaniard Gloria Rodriguez as their next general director.

Ukrainian Catholics decry violence against protesters

Dec 13, 2013 - 03:00 am .- Catholic leaders in Ukraine say they are “profoundly disturbed” by the government's use of security forces to break up a massive protest in Kiev's Independence Square.

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April 17, 2014

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Jn 13:1-15

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First Reading:: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14
Second Reading:: 1 Cor 11:23-26
Gospel:: Jn 13:1-15

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Jn 13:1-15

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