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Pope's audience with elderly to explore vocation of old age

Jul 14, 2014 - 09:04 am .- Organizers for the first-ever audience to be held between a pope and the elderly population have revealed that a central reflection will be the active vocation of the aged in the Church and in society.

Nigerian archbishop calls for government rescue of schoolgirls

Jul 14, 2014 - 05:24 am .- Amid government reports that the nearly 200 girls kidnapped in Chibok could be home soon, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called the country’s leaders to follow through with their promises.

Vatican dismisses Italian news report on papal interview

Jul 13, 2014 - 05:49 pm .- The Vatican spokesperson said that the Pope’s words as reported in the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” cannot be considered with certainty to be Pope Francis’ actual words.

Pope Francis prays for peace during Angelus

Jul 13, 2014 - 07:35 am .- Following his reflections on the Sunday’s Gospel parable of the sower and the seed, Pope Francis called for peace in the Holy Land, asking participants to join him in a moment of silent prayer.

Vatican media committee appointed to bring Church into digital era

Jul 13, 2014 - 06:02 am .- The appointment of a committee to propose reforms for the Vatican media raises expectations for a substantial renewal of the Vatican media branch, bringing it ever more toward the digital age.

Caritas leader: 'The whole Middle East is at stake'

Jul 11, 2014 - 09:42 am .- The secretary-general for Caritas International has voiced his concern over the lack of aid being provided to those suffering from conflicts, urging the faithful to get involved and break the “cycle of indifference.”

Vatican's new UN observer to face key challenges

Jul 11, 2014 - 12:02 am .- Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, the new head of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, served on the front lines in response to Haiti’s disastrous 2010 earthquake.

Indian bishop-elect aims to show God's love to new flock

Jul 10, 2014 - 08:04 pm .- Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas, who was appointed Wednesday to be an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Ranchi in India's eastern state of Jharkhand, has voiced his enthusiasm for the task.

Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final

Jul 10, 2014 - 11:53 am .- The Pontifical Council for Culture has launched an effort designed to unite the world in asking for peace in warring countries by observing a moment of silence during the final game of the World Cup.

Pope Francis to visit evangelical pastor from Buenos Aires

Jul 10, 2014 - 07:29 am .- The Vatican announced earlier today that Pope Francis has decided to pay a private visit to an evangelical pastor who is a close friend from his time in Buenos Aires, but currently lives in Italy.

Violence begets violence, Church leaders in Holy Land declare

Jul 9, 2014 - 02:15 pm .- In a declaration issued by the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land, Church leaders decried ongoing violence in the region, criticizing leaders’ closed-mindedness, and calling for peaceful negotiations.

Holy See announces new economic, communications framework

Jul 9, 2014 - 11:04 am .- The Vatican announced Wednesday major changes to both its economic and communications frameworks, including an increased role for the Secretariat for the Economy.

Hate-speech laws a 'tool of totalitarianism,' lawyer warns

Jul 9, 2014 - 06:44 am .- During a recent event discussing the origin and implementation of European hate-speech laws, lawyers argued that the “ill-conceived” laws pose a danger to free speech and often stifle constructive dialogue.

Vatican bank releases balance sheet, continues reform

Jul 8, 2014 - 02:01 pm .- The Institute for the Works of Religion, or “Vatican bank”, published its 2013 financial statement Tuesday, concluding the first step of an ongoing reform to improve financial transparency at the Vatican.

Korean celebrities create music video ahead of Pope's visit

Jul 8, 2014 - 11:07 am .- More than 20 Korean celebrities have come together in making a music video honoring Pope Francis’ upcoming visit, and is an initiative they hope will help to overcome religious differences.

Calabrian police take stand against mafia following Pope's visit

Jul 8, 2014 - 08:35 am .- Two weeks after Pope Francis’ harsh condemnation of mafia corruption in the Italian region of Calabria, police abandoned a Marian procession which paused to bow in front of the house of a mafia leader.

Pope Francis begs forgiveness from clergy abuse victims

Jul 7, 2014 - 11:08 am .- Pope Francis, in his first Vatican meeting with sex abuse victims, asked forgiveness for the Church’s sins of omissions in sex abuse scandals and denounced sex abuse by clergy as “execrable acts.”

Maria Goretti's greatest witness is forgiveness, priest observes

Jul 7, 2014 - 06:58 am .- Following St. Maria Goretti’s feast day, the rector of the basilica where her body resides stated that her willingness to forgive is her most prominent testimony, and that her virtue is an example for family life.

Pope: Christ's call, 'come to me', addressed to each person

Jul 6, 2014 - 10:03 am .- At his Angelus address Sunday, Pope Francis noted that Christ's invitation, “come unto me, all you who are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest,” is given to each and every person, through all time.

Vatican reinforces financial cooperation with US

Jul 5, 2014 - 10:26 am .- The Financial Intelligence Authority, the Vatican’s financial watchdog, has agreed to exchange information with the U.S. government, significantly strengthening international cooperation on financial concerns.

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July 30, 2014

Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

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