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During plague, Church members called on saints for help and healing

THE Catholic Church has a long tradition of calling on saints and praying for their intercession in sickness and difficult times. This plea for saintly help for protection from disease and healing was particularly evident when the bubonic plague, or Black Death, spread throughout Europe in the 14th century killing one-third of the population. At the time, in many cities ... Read More »

Where is God in this pandemic? Where there is love, there is God

This is a column by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez published online on March 24 in Angelus, the media arm of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. LENT is always a desert journey that we make with Jesus, who fasted and was tested in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. The prophet Hosea says the Lord leads his ... Read More »

Love of baking and prayer make Capuchin a winner

THE oven timer dings, alerting Capuchin Franciscan Brother Andrew Corriente the chocolate layer cake he is baking needs to be checked. A quick test with a toothpick tells him the cake needs about five more minutes in the oven, more than enough time for him to soften the butter that will eventually become the buttercream icing that will top the ... Read More »

Pope lifts secrecy obligation for those who report having been abused

POPE Francis has abolished the obligation of secrecy for those who report having been sexually abused by a priest and for those who testify in a church trial or process having to do with clerical sexual abuse. ìThe person who files the report, the person who alleges to have been harmed and the witnesses shall not be bound by any ... Read More »

Husband to hermit, Fr Mary Elias discerned for more than 20 years before he submitted himself to God

IN the late 1990s, Mindaugas Cerniauskas was an active businessman and entrepreneur, busy travelling the world, starting Rotary clubs, founding the first Free Economic Zone in Lithuania and serving as president of the country’s Chamber of Commerce. He was civilly married and lived with his wife and two children in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital. All that changed when Mr Cerniauskas could ... Read More »

Gender ideology is opposed to faith and reason, Church leaders say in new document

CATHOLIC schools must help parents teach young people that biological sex and gender are naturally fixed at birth and part of God’s plan for creation, the Congregation for Catholic Education said. In a document published on June 10, the congregation said the Catholic Church and those proposing a looser definition of gender could find common ground in “a laudable desire ... Read More »

‘Words are not enough’: Australian Bishops welcome Pope’s letter on abuse but call for action

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THE Catholic bishops of Australia have welcomed Pope Francis’ letter to Catholics regarding sexual abuse in the Church. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the letter, released on August 20, included important words from Pope Francis, but noted words were not enough. “Now is the time for action on many levels – one of which is ... Read More »

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