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Laity helping women thinking of abortion

Laity helping women thinking of abortion

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina: Three years ago, Aida Miranda found herself alone and pregnant in the Argentine capital. The young Paraguayan Catholic woman was so desperate that she began to consider abortion, which is illegal in Argentina. “I felt a heavy moral burden, how could this have happened to me, I had a religious formation,” Miranda, now 29, who once considered ... Read More »

Bishops take up corruption fight in Africa

THE bishops of southern Africa said corruption is rampant in the region and called on all Catholics to take a pledge not to pay or offer bribes. “If you experience corruption, report it,” the bishops of South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland urged in a pastoral letter, noting that “bribery, collusion and all other forms of corruption thrive in conditions of ... Read More »

Call for world day of prayer on trafficking

Sisters of the Holy Cross leading the Human Trafficking Awareness Day prayer service, which included the story of St Josephine Bakhita, at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto in Notre Dame, Indiana.

AFTER Pope Francis entrusted two Vatican academies to study the problem of human trafficking, a group of women religious asked the Pope to raise greater awareness in the Church about the issue by establishing a worldwide day of prayer and fasting. “The Pope was very interested in our suggestion and asked us what date we would like the day to ... Read More »

Prayer for the dead

Paulina Montiel prays after placing flowers and statues of saints on her son’s grave at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois, on November 1.

At the end of the feast of All Saints, just before the sunset, Pope Francis celebrated an outdoor Mass at Rome’s Verano cemetery and urged Christians to hang on to hope as they reflect on the promise that earthly life ends with eternal life in heaven. In his homily at the Mass on November 1, Pope Francis set aside his ... Read More »

Without Jesus’ love, you can’t follow him

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II in St Peter’s Basilica on October 31.

VATICAN: Surprising pilgrims at Blessed John Paul II’s tomb, Pope Francis made an early-morning visit to St Peter’s Basilica and celebrated Mass with the mostly Polish pilgrims. More than 100 priests and pilgrims were gathered on October 31 at the basilica’s Chapel of St Sebastian for a morning Mass near Blessed John Paul’s tomb. Pope Francis arrived unannounced to preside ... Read More »

Mass for hurricane victims

A man walks past the rubble of a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Joyful prayers, songs and conversation could be heard along the street as the parish community of St Francis de Sales in Belle Harbour gathered to observe the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio was the main celebrant of an evening Mass of remembrance and thanksgiving on October 26. As parishioners filled the pews, it was hard to ... Read More »

Pope Francis set to create cardinals

Pope Francis wants to hear from you

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis will create his first cardinals during a consistory on February 22, the feast of the Chair of St Peter. The Pope also was expected to use the occasion “to have a meeting with the cardinals for consultations” immediately before the ceremony, as retired Pope Benedict XVI did in the run-up to his consistories, Holy See spokesman ... Read More »

God is always open to sinners

sins forgiven

VATICAN CITY: God never ceases to forgive, offering even the disobedient the chance for eternal life, Pope Francis said. “Even if our entire existence is surrounded by threats, nothing can ever separate us from the love that Christ himself gained for us,” he said in a homily in St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, on November 4. “Only the sin of ... Read More »

Suicide bombers kill 85 at church

Suicide bombers kill 85 at church

THE president of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference called the suicide bomb attack on September 22 at All Saints’ Church, Peshawar a “shameful act of cowardice”. He said all Christian educational institutions in the country would be closed September 23-25 in mourning and protest. Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi demanded the Pakistani government take immediate steps to apprehend those responsible ... Read More »

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