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Filipino Cardinal: Catholic Church Cannot Conform Her Teachings on Divorce

Vatican City, March 26, 2015

Manila Archbishop Emeritus, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales says the Catholic Church cannot conform her teachings about divorce to the world’s wishes.

According to CBCP News, the former archbishop of the Filipino capital stressed that even if a new survey shows that 60 percent of Filipinos want divorce to be made legal, no one can change the teachings of God to suit what people want. Since Church doctrine comes from Divine Law, it cannot be changed, he said. …

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Pope Meets with Brother of Islamic State Victim, David Haines

Rome, March 25, 2015

At the conclusion of today’s General Audience, Pope Francis met with Mike Haines, the brother of David Haines, the British aid worker who was brutally beheaded by the so-called Islamic State.

David Haines was kidnapped in March 2013 while working for the international aid agency, “Acted”. In September 2014, a video of his execution was released by the Islamic State, becoming the third Western victim beheaded by the terrorist organization. …

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Be Reconciled Day of Confessions Offered All Day

“Be Reconciled” is a day, Wednesday, March 25, where confessions are available for those who need God’s mercy. Every parish in the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois is offering extra confession times. Priests will be available for confession throughout the day. All Catholics are invited to take advantage of this great day of God’s mercy. The schedule for St Joseph and St Mary Churches are as follows:

  • 8:45am to 10:30am in St Mary Church
  • 12noon till 1:30pm in St Joseph Church
  • 4pm to 8pm in St Mary Church
  • 5:30pm to 8pm in St Joseph Church

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Pope’s Morning Homily: No Mercy, No Justice

Rome, March 23, 2015

The Word of God makes it clear that only through mercy can true justice can be delivered. This was the reflection given by Pope Francis during his morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta today.

According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father focused on today’s readings as well as a different Gospel passage, which presented three different women in history. The first from the Book of Daniel is the wife of Joakim named Susanna, an innocent woman sentenced unjustly to death. The second, from the Gospel, was the adulterous woman sentenced to be stoned and the third, a poor widow in need. …

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Pope’s Morning Homily: Christ Took the ‘Poison’ of Our Sin Upon Himself

Vatican City, March 24, 2015 ( Junno Arocho Esteves | 436 hits

In his homily at Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis called on Christians to pray in this Holy Week for the grace to accept difficult moments.

According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father reflected on today’s first reading from the Book of Numbers in which God punished the people of Israel for their complaining by sending fiery serpents that bit and poisoned them. …


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