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Bible: Acts of the Apostles 11

Chapter 16 is where Paul meets Timothy who later gets ordained a bishop by Paul (2 Tm 1:6). Paul starts with a town called Derbe. It is close to his old stomping grounds where he grew up (Tarsus). It is on the northeast corner of the Mediterranean Sea. He gradually goes west and ends up in Macedonia, which is in the northwest part of Greece. Continue reading

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Pope to New Bishop: Preach Simple Homilies and Defend the Family

Rome, November 10, 2015

On Monday, the feast of the dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Pope Francis ordained to the episcopate Monsignor Angelo De Donatis, of the clergy of Rome, who was appointed auxiliary bishop of Rome on 14 September.

The homily pronounced by the Holy Father during the Mass was…

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Pope Gives New Priests Tips at Ordination Mass

Vatican City, April 26, 2015

This morning, the Bishop of Rome presided over the ordinations of priests for the diocese of Rome in Saint Peter’s Basilica, and has given the new priests a list of do’s and don’ts.

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Women as Cardinals?

Rome, January 27, 2015

Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university.

Q: I understand that technically anyone, even a woman, can be appointed a cardinal because a cardinal does not have to be a bishop or priest. Kindly enlighten. Secondly, the Holy Father is also the bishop of Rome. In Mumbai the cardinal is also called the “archbishop” and not bishop of Bombay. Why? — R.C., Mumbai, India.

A: I think we need to distinguish different questions. First, may a woman be appointed cardinal? Second, could women be involved in a papal election? Finally, what is the distinction between archdiocese and diocese?

In response to the first question I would say…