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Holy See Makes ‘Urgent’ Appeals for Venezuela to Avoid Violence, Guarantee Rights

The Holy See says Pope Francis is following the crisis in Venezuela very closely and has issued urgent appeals for all political actors, especially the government, to guarantee rights and freedoms, and for the society, as a whole, to avoid violence.  It also called for a suspension of the new Constituent Assembly, tasked, by President Nicolas Maduro, with rewriting the constitution while possessing almost absolute powers. …

Holy See Makes ‘Urgent’ Appeals for Venezuela to Avoid Violence, Guarantee Rights


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Protecting God’s Children Requirements

This article was published in the bulletin for the weekend of July 15-16.

The month of July starts the tightening of the belt in protecting God’s children in our diocese and throughout the United States. This is all part of the promise the bishops have made to the faithful for accountability, transparency and in making a difference in the safety of our children. The Bishops now ask us to do our part in making the Church the safest place on earth, as it should be. Continue reading


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Pope Francis: No Research Justifies Killing Human Embryos, Unborn Babies “Precious in the Eyes of God”

With so many unborn babies being aborted every year, it can be easy to forget that countless others are being destroyed while they still are embryos.

Pope Francis drew attention to their plight Thursday in a meeting at the Vatican with researchers and families who are suffering from Huntington’s disease.

The pope urged the researchers to continue their work seeking relief and cures for…

Pope Francis: No Research Justifies Killing Human Embryos, Unborn Babies “Precious in the Eyes of God”


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Three ways to obtain an indulgence for the 100-year Fatima anniversary

.- For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017.

The Executive Secretary of the Rectory of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, André Pereira, explained…

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/three-ways-to-obtain-an-indulgence-for-the-100-year-fatima-anniversary-78258/


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Pope’s Morning Homily: Crosses Cannot Be Taken Away From the Life of a Christian

Like Jesus, we are to be witnesses of obedience.

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis urged this today, April 27, 2017, during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, his last before departing for his Apostolic Visit to Egypt, April  28-29.

The Pope’s homily focused on today’s reading, in which Peter says before the Sanhedrin: “You must obey God rather than men.”  Francis recalled that an angel had freed Peter and the Apostles from prison and that they were forbidden to teach in Jesus’s name. Yet the high priest said: “You have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us”. …

https://zenit.org/articles/popes-morning-homily-crosses-cant-be-taken-away-from-the-life-of-a-christian/


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Pope’s Letter for World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018

“We hope that Pope Francis will come to Dublin for the World Day of Families and celebrate the Mass,” said Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, to which the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, added: “Not only does he have interest, but desire to come, he said to me.” … https://zenit.org/articles/popes-letter-for-world-meeting-of-families-in-dublin/


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In Democratic Republic of Congo, Bishops Sound the Alarm

The bishops of the Democratic Republic have issued an urgent warning that rising violence and political unrest are threatening the nation with “unraveling and chaos.” The bishops expressed sorrow for “thousands” who have lost their lives in recent months, including many minors enlisted by various militias. The bishops also expressed concern that the crisis might trigger a famine and even the breaking up of the nation.

In Democratic Republic of Congo, Bishops Sound the Alarm