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Venerable Augustus Tolton Puts Focus on Black Catholic Insight Into Holiness

Peter Jesserer Smith
CHICAGO — Pope Francis’ June 12 decree declaring Father Augustus Tolton “Venerable,” signifying that the priest’s heroic virtues are worthy of honor by the universal Church, struck Jim Coleman as both “unbelievable, yet believable.”
For the past six months, Coleman, an acting veteran of 30 years, has been taking up the role of Father Augustus Tolton for St. Luke Productions. Coleman, who’s immersed himself in Venerable Tolton’s life to prepare for…

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/venerable-augustus-tolton-puts-focus-on-black-catholic-insight-into-holines


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How Tender Is God’s Love

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis gave this reminder today, Dec. 14, 2017, during his daily morning Mass in his residence Casa Santa Marta, as he reflected on the day’s first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah and the psalm where God says of himself: “… his tenderness expands over all creatures”.
Isaiah presents an image of a God who speaks to us as a father with his child, “imitating his voice to make it as similar as possible to his, and who”reassures the child: Do not be afraid. I will come to your need.”
“God makes us promises of joy, of a great…

Santa Marta: How Tender Is God’s Love


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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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Pope’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation to Be Released Next Friday

During an unexpected briefing in the Holy See Press Office this morning, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, its director, informed journalists present that next Friday, April 8th at 11:30 a.m. the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (Latin for ‘Joy of Love’)  will be presented. …

Pope’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation to Be Released Next Friday


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Vatican ‘Foreign Minister’: Protection of Religious Freedom Increasingly Urgent and Necessary

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for Relations with States, spoke at a meeting for Missionary Formation organized by the Centre for Missionary Cooperation between the Churches of the diocese of Rome, held last Saturday, 12 March.

The theme of the encounter was “Our Church is a Church of martyrs”.

The following are extensive extracts from the archbishop’s address, which focused on the prevention of radicalism and fundamentalism through dialogue and mutual understanding of different religions, and cooperation between States to put an end to persecution in the name of religion. …

Vatican ‘Foreign Minister’: Protection of Religious Freedom Increasingly Urgent and Necessary


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Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Expression Have Delicate Interplay, Says Holy See at UN

There must be a delicate interplay between the two human rights of freedom of expression and freedom of religion. Both are human rights — meaning everyone should have them. But “these freedoms, as with all rights, are to be understood within  the  framework  of  the  universality and  interdependence  of  all  fundamental human rights. The danger arises, however, when human rights are understood from  an approach that considers freedom as complete license or autonomy, the exercise of  one’s  freedom  without  any  reference  to  the  other  or  to  the  ‘obligation’  which  corresponds  to  the  right.” …

Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Expression Have Delicate Interplay, Says Holy See at UN


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Pope Likely to Declare Date of Mother Teresa’s Canonization Tuesday

On Tuesday, Pope Francis will sign the decree for the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata, formerly and likely announce its date and venue for her and four others.

Yesterday, the Vatican announced the Holy Father will hold this ordinary public consistory of cardinals and promoters of the causes of the saints in the Vatican, which formally ends the process of approving a new saint.

There has been much speculation that Blessed Mother Teresa’s canonization will be held…

Pope Likely to Declare Date of Mother Teresa’s Canonization Tuesday