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By Steve Trosley The Catholic Telegraph  An historic fundraising campaign to raise $130 million will launch this month in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and preliminary results indicate it could be a stunning success. For the official press release from the … Continue reading → 10 hours 23 min
Press Release Archdiocese of Cincinnati  In an initiative called “historic” by Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has launched a capital campaign to raise $130 million toward securing and growing the vitality of its parishes, schools, social services, … Continue reading → 10 hours 23 min
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — Addressing the Vatican tribunal primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments, Pope Francis said all annulment processes should be free of charge. “The sacraments are free. The sacraments give … Continue reading → 10 hours 23 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph  In 2012, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati released “Lighting the Way: A Vision for Catholic Schools.” That unified vision has continued to guide the work of the Catholic Schools Office. “For the last three years … Continue reading → 10 hours 23 min
By Ann Schneible CNA/EWTN News  VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has rejected the “simplistic” belief that large families are among the causes of poverty, stressing that economic systems which create a culture of waste are to blame. “Families know they … Continue reading → 10 hours 23 min
By Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — A group of Catholic leaders urged fellow Catholics in Congress to set aside “partisan bickering” and support the U.S. bishops’ efforts on behalf of a comprehensive immigration reform, calling it a sanctity of life … Continue reading → 10 hours 23 min
Staff Report Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized abortion on-demand nation-wide in 1973, American Catholics have taken to the streets and the public squares to stand up for life. Attending the March for Life or other pro-life events … Continue reading → 10 hours 23 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph As thousands, including many from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, prepared to participate in the 2015 March for Life, roughly 100 residents of the area gathered to pray outside the Planned Parenthood location on Auburn … Continue reading → 10 hours 23 min
By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — Evoking a phrase long associated with the civil rights movement, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston told an overflow crowd in Washington that “we shall overcome” in the fight against abortion. Quoting … Continue reading → 10 hours 23 min
Press Release Sarah L. Patterson has joined the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as director of the Chancery Archive, which collects, preserves, and administers Church records and artifacts of permanent historical value dating back to the founding of what was then the … Continue reading → 10 hours 23 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph   Word spread quickly in mid-January that the Mount St. Joseph University men’s volleyball team was getting a new locker room courtesy of Cincinnati Reds‘ closer Aroldis Chapman. The All-Star pitcher donated nearly 80 … Continue reading → 2 days 10 hours

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Crazy Socks Day at during Catholic Schools Week last year at St. Pius X School in Edgewood, KY.

Crazy Socks Day at during Catholic Schools Week last year at St. Pius X School in Edgewood, KY.

It’s Catholic Schools Week for schools around the country, which will celebrate with special service projects, open houses, Masses, gatherings, entertainment, and parties.

In Cincinnati, Dayton, and Covington, representatives from each diocesan school will also gather with the bishops for special School Masses.

“Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service: This is the ongoing theme of our Catholic Schools Week and is actually a clear statement of what our Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Covington are called to be,” Bishop Roger Foys wrote in The Messenger, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Covington. “Our entire school system – from pre-school through college – is aimed to deepen the faith, impart and increase knowledge, and introduce to service every student that passes through the august halls of our Catholic schools.  We do this as a community of Faith – a community of believers — committed to the Gospel values and dedicated, loyal and faithful members of the Catholic Church.”

Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools and Director of Educational Services for the Archdioces of Cincinnati, said, “Catholic schools are a vibrant part of the culture of Southwest Ohio During this week, we celebrate the tremendous record of success of our schools, and how our schools have positively impacted countless lives through the generations.”

Students squeezed into their old t-shirts on Grade School Color Day at Elder High School during Catholic Schools Week 2014.

Students squeezed into their old t-shirts on Grade School Color Day at Elder High School during Catholic Schools Week 2014.

To begin what he hopes will become a new tradition, Dr. Rigg will help serve hot lunches at Our Lady of Victory School in Delhi Township Thursday, Jan. 29, and at a Dayton school Friday, Jan. 30th.

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr will continue his annual tradition of holding a videoconference with Catholic high schools this morning, this year from Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney.

Archbishop Schnurr has also again asked all parishes in the Archdiocese to ring their bells at 10 am on Wednesday, Jan. 28, National Catholic Schools Appreciation Day.

“I ask everyone to join me in praying for the continued success of our efforts in Catholic school education,” Bishop Foys wrote. “Now, perhaps more than ever, we need to provide an education that is thoroughly Catholic and that will provide our students with the means they will need in their own lifetime to live and to spread our precious Faith!”

Started and promulgated by the National Catholic Educational Association, Catholic Schools Week begins on the last Sunday in January and runs through the following Saturday. This year, the dates are Jan. 25-31. In 2015, the dates will be Jan. 31-Feb. 6.

Diocese-wide Catholic Schools Week Masses:

Students from St. Joseph Academy in Walton, KY, represented their school during the 2014 Catholic Schools Week Mass at Covington's cathedral.

Students from St. Joseph Academy in Walton, KY, represented their school during the 2014 Catholic Schools Week Mass at Covington’s cathedral.

Jan. 27, Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains (Cincinnati), 10 am. Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer, Archdiocesan Vocation Director, will celebrate Mass for more than 1000 representatives from Greater Cincinnati Catholic schools. A procession of students carrying school banners will begin at 9:40.

Jan, 28, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church (Dayton, OH), 10 am. Archbishop Dennis Schnurr will celebrate Mass for representatives from schools throughout Dayton and the Northern Region.  A procession of students carrying school banners will begin at 9:40.

Jan. 28, St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (Covington), 10 am. Bishop Roger Foys will celebrate Mass for representatives of all schools in the diocese.

All three Masses are open to the public but will be very full; prepare for crowds.

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Elder High School students at the Washington Monument, part of the more than 2500 people from our region who attended the 2015 March for Life.

Elder High School students at the Washington Monument, part of the more than 2500 people from our region who attended the 2015 March for Life.

Students from Elder High School (Price Hill/Cincinnati) pose before the Washington Monument on their trip to the District of Columbia for the 2015 March for Life.

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Fr. Kyle Schinppel carries a monstrance through the crowd of young people gathered this month for Encounter Winterfest, one of four quarterly Encounter prayer festivals for youth.

Fr. Kyle Schinppel carries a monstrance through the crowd of young people gathered this month for Encounter Winterfest, one of four quarterly Encounter prayer festivals for youth.

Encountering Christ in Eucharistic Adoration is a key component of Encounter Youth Prayer Festivals, held quarterly by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati The Underground youth facility in Springfield Twp. The festival also includes an indoor Eucharistic procession, in which the priest carries the Host among the people so that they can experience the Real Presence of Christ among them.

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President Barack Obama, official White House portrait.

President Barack Obama, official White House portrait.

President Obama’s official statement on the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. Since 1973, more than 57 million live children have been aborted legally in the United States.

Forty-two years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Roe v. Wade, a decision that protects a woman’s freedom to make her own choices about her body and her health, and reaffirms a fundamental American value: that government should not intrude in our most private and personal family matters.

I am deeply committed to protecting this core constitutional right, and I believe that efforts like H.R. 7, the bill the House considered today, would intrude on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care and unnecessarily restrict the private insurance choices that consumers have today. The federal government should not be injecting itself into decisions best made between women, their families, and their doctors. I am also deeply committed to continuing our work to reduce unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, promote adoptions, and minimize the need for abortion.

Today, as we reflect on this critical moment in our history, may we all rededicate ourselves to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons.

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Students at St. Peter Claver Latin School for Boys (Over-the-Rhine/Cincinnati) practice their stances at December fencing workshop from the Cincinnati Fencing Academy.

Students at St. Peter Claver Latin School for Boys (Over-the-Rhine/Cincinnati) practice their stances at December fencing workshop from the Cincinnati Fencing Academy.

Students at St. Peter Claver Latin School for Boys (Over-the-Rhine/Cincinnati) enjoyed a lesson in fencing from Ed Wright at the Cincinnati Fencing Academy. The school’s sports teams are named the Knights and, says a school spokesperson, “Any true Knight should be good with a sword.” Is a fencing team in the school’s future?

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Publicamos abaixo a homilia pronunciada pelo Papa Francisco no final da tarde, na Basílica de São Paulo Fora dos Muros, na celebração da Segundas Vésperas da Festa da Conversão de São Paulo Apóstolo, na conclusão da Semana de Oração pela Unidade dos Cristãos. *** Na sua viagem da Judeia para a Galileia, Jesus p... 23 hours 5 min
Aqui estão as palavras pronunciadas pelo Papa Francisco hoje ao meio-dia (horário local) antes de recitar a tradicional oração do Angelus na Praça de São Pedro. Depois do Angelus, o Papa lançou um apelo pela paz na Ucrânia. (Antes do Angelus) Queridos irmãos e irmãs, bom dia, Evangelho de hoje apresenta o i... 23 hours 20 min
 (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis this evening has gathered with the faithful of the diocese of Rome and with the representatives of the different Churches and Ecclesial Communities, in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls to mark the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Please find below a English language translation of the Pope's words during Vespers at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls On his way from Judea to Galilee, Jesus passes through Samaria.  He has no problem dealing with Samaritans, who were considered by the Jews to be heretics, schismatics, separated.  His attitude tells us that encounter with those who are different from ourselves can make us grow. Weary from his journey, Jesus does not hesitate to ask the Samaritan woman for something to drink.  His thirst, however, is much more than physical: it is also a thirst for encounter, a desire to enter into dialogue with that woman and to invite her to make a journey of interior conversion.  Jesus is patient, respectful of the person before him, and gradually reveals himself to her.  His example encourages us to seek a serene encounter with others.  To understand one another, and to grow in charity and truth, we need to pause, to accept and listen to one another.  In this way, we already begin to experience unity. The woman of Sychar asks Jesus about the place where God is truly worshiped.  Jesus does not side with the mountain or the temple, but goes to the heart of the matter, breaking down every wall of division.  He speaks instead of the meaning of true worship: “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (Jn 4:24).  So many past controversies between Christians can be overcome when we put aside all polemical or apologetic approaches, and seek instead to grasp more fully what unites us, namely, our call to share in the mystery of the Father’s love revealed to us by the Son through the Holy Spirit.  Christian unity will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions.  We need to realize that, to plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who harmonizes diversities and overcomes conflicts. Gradually the Samaritan woman comes to realize that the one who has asked her for a drink is able to slake her own thirst.  Jesus in effect tells her that he is the source of living water which can satisfy her thirst for ever (cf. Jn 4:13-14).  Our human existence is marked by boundless aspirations: we seek truth, we thirst for love, justice and freedom.  These desires can only be partially satisfied, for from the depths of our being we are prompted to seek “something more”, something capable of fully quenching our thirst.  The response to these aspirations is given by God in Jesus Christ, in his paschal mystery.  From the pierced side of Jesus there flowed blood and water (cf. Jn 19:34).  He is the brimming fount of the water of the Holy Spirit, “the love of God poured into our hearts (Rom 5:5) on the day of our baptism.  By the working of the Holy Spirit, we have become one in Christ, sons in the Son, true worshipers of the Father.  This mystery of love is the deepest ground of the unity which binds all Christians and is much greater than their historical divisions.  To the extent that we humbly advance towards the Lord, then, we also draw nearer to one another. Her encounter with Jesus made the Samaritan women a missionary.  Having received a greater and more important gift than mere water from a well, she leaves her jar behind (cf. Jn 4:28) and runs back to tell her townspeople that she has met the Christ (cf. Jn 4:29).  Her encounter with Jesus restored meaning and joy to her life, and she felt the desire to share this with others.  Today there are so many men and women around us who are weary and thirsting, and who ask us Christians to give them something to drink.  It is a request which we cannot evade.  In the call to be evangelizers, all the Churches and Ecclesial Communities discover a privileged setting for closer cooperation.  For this to be effective, we need to stop being self-enclosed, exclusive, and bent on imposing a uniformity based on merely human calculations (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 131).  Our shared commitment to proclaiming the Gospel enables us to overcome proselytism and competition in all their forms.  All of us are at the service of the one Gospel! In this joyful conviction, I offer a cordial and fraternal greeting to His Eminence Metropolitan Gennadios, the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch, to His Grace David Moxon, the personal representative in Rome of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and to all the representatives of the various Churches and Ecclesial Communions gathered here to celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.  I am also pleased to greet the members of the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches, and I offer them my best wishes for the fruitfulness of the plenary session to be held in these coming days.  I also greet the students from the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, and the young recipients of study grants from by the Committee for Cultural Collaboration with the Orthodox Churches, centred in the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Also present today are men and women religious from various Churches and Ecclesial Communities who have taken part in an ecumenical meeting organized by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life, in conjunction with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, to mark the Year for Consecrated Life.  Religious life, as prophetic sign of the world to come, is called to offer in our time a witness to that communion in Christ which transcends all differences and finds expression in concrete gestures of acceptance and dialogue.  The pursuit of Christian unity cannot be the sole prerogative of individuals or religious communities particularly concerned with this issue.  A shared knowledge of the different traditions of consecrated life, and a fruitful exchange of experiences, can prove beneficial for the vitality of all forms of religious life in the different Churches and Ecclesial Communities. Dear brothers and sisters, today all of us who thirst for peace and fraternity trustingly implore from our heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ the one Priest, and through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Apostle Paul and all the saints, the gift of full communion between all Christians, so that “the sacred mystery of the unity of the Church” (Unitatis Redintegratio, 2) may shine forth as the sign and instrument of reconciliation for the whole world. (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 8 min
“If it is assumed that we all belong to human nature, prejudices and falsehoods can be overcome and an understanding of the other according to a new perspective can begin.” These were the words said by Pope Francis to the members of the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies today. The audience coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Institute’s opening. Listen to Junno Arochoàs report: In his address, the Pope noted the progress that has been made in interreligious dialogue. He also reflected on the exercise of listening to one another as not only a condition but a duty in acknowledging the values of others and in shedding a light on shared beliefs. “At the heart of everything is the need for an adequate formation so that, steadfast in one’s own identity, we can grow in mutual knowledge,” he said. The Holy Father cautioned those present on the danger of falling into a “facile syncretism”, which leads to a convenient, yet false, approach to dialogue. He explained the consequences of such an approach that “says yes to everything in order to avoid problems.” “It would end up becoming ‘a way of deceiving others and denying them the good which we have been given to share generously with others,’” the Pope said. Regarding the Institute’s 50th anniversary, the Pope praised their work and dedication in paving the way for dialogue between Christians and Muslims. Their work, he stressed, is crucial in combating violence. “Perhaps now more than ever such a need is felt, because the most effective antidote against all forms of violence is education towards the discovery and acceptance of differences,” he said. Concluding his address, Pope Francis expressed his hope that the Pontifical Institute will continue to become a central place of formation for Christians working in the area of interreligious dialogue.  (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 8 min
(Vatican Radio) The vital role that men and women religious of different Christian Churches play in the ecumenical journey was at the heart of Pope Francis’s meeting on Saturday with participants in a conference on consecrated life and the search for Christian Unity. The three day meeting, which concludes on Sunday, comes in the context of both this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the Year of Consecrated Life. Participants are concluding each day with Vespers in the Orthodox, Anglican and Catholic traditions, including the liturgy presided over by Pope Francis in the Basilica of St Paul’s Outside the Walls on Sunday. Listen to the report by Philippa Hitchen:  In his meeting with the men and women religious, Pope Francis recalled the words of the Second Vatican Council document ‘Unitatis Redintegratio’ stressing that spiritual ecumenism is the soul of the whole ecumenical movement. Consecrated people like yourselves, he said, therefore have a particular vocation in this work of promoting unity. The Pope also mentioned ecumenical communities like Taizé and Bose which have taken up this vocation and are privileged places of encounter between Christians of different denominations. The Pope spoke of three conditions at the core of the search for Christian unity – firstly, there’s no unity without conversion of heart, which includes forgiving and asking for forgiveness. Secondly he said there is no unity without prayer and therefore men and women religious who pray for unity are like ‘an invisible monastery’ bringing together Christians of different denominations from different countries around the world. Thirdly, the Pope said, there is no unity without holiness of daily life. so the more we put our search for unity into practise in our relations with others, the more we will be modelling our lives on the message of the Gospel. (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 41 min
(Vatican Radio) On Sunday and b efore the Angelus, the Pope recalled the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and its theme, "Give me a drink", the sentence uttered by Jesus to the Samaritan woman. He told the faithful gathered that the "desire for unity" of the disciples of Jesus is part of our "thirst not only material for water, but above all our thirst for a full life, free from the slavery of evil and death." He went on to say that "Jesus is the fulfillment of God's promises because it is he who gives to the Holy Spirit, the 'living water' that quenches our restless hearts, hungry for life, love, freedom, peace : thirsty for God. Pope Francis continued on the theme of unity by saying that, “It is a bad thing that Christians are divided, Jesus wants us united, one body. Our sins, history has divided us. For this we must pray that the Holy Spirit bring us together again".” Joining the Holy Father were a boy and a girl from the Catholic Action Rome movement who were part of a group of thousands in the square marking the annual January "Caravan of Peace". They, along with Pope Francis launched white doves from the window of his studio. Following the Angelus, the Pope also remembered the World Day for Sufferers of Leprosy, saying, “I express my closeness to all the people who suffer from this disease, as well as to those who care for them, and to those who struggle to remove the causes of the disease, that is, living conditions unworthy of man. Let us renew our commitment of solidarity to these brothers and sisters. " And finally bringing his Angelus address to a close, and in light of his recent visit to Asia, the Holy Father had greetings for the Filipino community in Rome, thanking them for their strong and joyful faith. (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 4 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis issued a heartfelt appeal on Sunday for Ukraine saying, “ I am following with deep concern the escalation of the fighting in eastern Ukraine, which continues to cause many casualties among the civilian population. As I assure you of my prayers for all who suffer, I renew a heartfelt appeal for a resumption  in dialogue and an end to all hostilities.” The Holy Father made the appeal following the recitation of the Marian prayer from his studio above St Peter’s Square. (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 5 hours
Pope Francis will bring the curtain down on the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with a Vespers service, Sunday evening, in Rome’s Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.  The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, formerly known as the Octave of Christian Unity, is ‎traditionally celebrated over eight days, from Jan 18th  ‎to 25th, around a common theme, and involves ‎Christian communities and Churches across the world, including the Catholic ‎Church.  The Week ends with the Jan. 25 feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.  Representatives of Orthodox and Anglican Churches will be present at Sunday's Vespers service at St. Paul Outside the Walls. Since 1968, the resource material for reflection, prayer and celebration on a ‎chosen theme for the Week of Prayer for Christain Unity is jointly issued by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting ‎Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches (WCC).  This year the theme was: “Jesus said to her: "Give me to drink", taken from the ‎episode of the Samaritan woman at the well, in John’s Gospel.  ‎ (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 1 hour
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Saturday afternoon with the participants of a three-day international conference in Rome, marking the 10th anniversary of Dignitas connubii , the instruction to be observed by diocesan and inter-diocesan tribunals in handling cases of the nullity of marriage. Listen to the report by Laura Ieraci : In his prepared text, Pope Francis said the high participation at the three-day conference demonstrates “a generous response to the stresses that every authentic minister of the tribunals of the Church feels for the good of souls.” It also demonstrates the “importance of Dignitas connubii , which is not directed to law specialists but to the workers in the local tribunals,” he said. "It is, in fact, a modest but useful vademecum (handbook) that really takes the ministers of the tribunals by the hand toward the implementation of a process that is both sure and expeditious.” “A sure process because it indicates and explains with clarity the goal of the process itself, namely moral certainty: this requires that any prudent, positive doubt of error be totally excluded, even if the mere possibility of the contrary is not excluded,” he said, referring to Article 247, Section 2, of the instruction. “An expeditious process because—as common experience teaches—those who know well the road to travel, go more quickly,” he continued. “The knowledge and, I would say, the use of this instruction can, even in the future, help ministers of the tribunals to shorten case proceedings, often perceived by spouses as long and wearisome.”   “Up until now, not all of the resources that this instruction makes available for an expeditious process, devoid of every formalism for its own sake, have been explored; nor can we exclude further legislative acts in the future aimed at the same end,” he stated. “Among the concerns that the Instruction Dignitas connubii manifests, I have already recalled that of the proper and original contribution of the defender of the bond in the marriage process,” he said.  “His presence and the faithful fulfillment of his task do not condition the judge, but allow and encourage the impartiality of his judgment, having set before him the arguments for and against the declaration of nullity of marriage." The three-day conference on Dignitas Connubii was organized by the faculty of canon law of the Pontifical Gregorian University, with the collaboration of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and the Consociatio internationalis studio iuris canonici promovendo .   (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 1 hour
Following Malawian President Peter Mutharika's declaration on 13 January 2015 that 15 districts in the country are disaster areas, Pope Francis through the office of Apostolic Nunciature in Malawi has conveyed a message of solidarity to the people of Malawi through Archbishop Thomas Msusa, Vice President of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM).  The message was forwarded to ECM by the Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi, Archbishop Julio Murat. In his statement to Archbishop Msusa, the Apostolic Nuncio stated, “I would like to forward you the message of His Holiness Pope Francis on the tragic consequences of heavy rains in Malawi.” The message signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State at the Vatican reads: " His Holiness Pope Francis, informed of the tragic consequences of the heavy rains in Malawi, has asked me to convey his closeness and solidarity to you and the Catholic faithful, and all beloved people of Malawi. He assures you of his prayers for the victims, their families and all affected by this catastrophe. The Holy Father invokes God’s blessings of strength and perseverance upon those engaged in the massive work of relief, and he expresses his fervent hope that the international community will respond generously and effectively to the needs of the suffering. To all, as a pledge of hope and peace in the Lord, he sends his blessing." At least 200 people are reported killed by floods and tens of thousands evacuated in what has been branded the worst flooding on record in the Southern African nation. Apart from killing about 200 people, the floods have also displaced at least 200,000. Others left homes and schools submerged in water. Several roads have been washed away by the deluge. (e-mail: (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 6 hours
Jesus começa a missão que o Pai lhe confiara. Vimos no artigo anterior que Jesus, depois da prisão de João Batista, faz um retiro de quarenta dias, colocando-se em oração junto ao Pai, para, em seguida, iniciar a sua vida pública. Lembrávamos que o Tempo Comum é o tempo de Jesus e da Igreja. Nesta catequese veremos... 2 days 9 hours

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Vatican City, Jan 25, 2015 / 09:02 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis on Jan. 24 stressed the need for dialogue between different faiths, saying that it is essential in preventing violence and promoting peace. 1 day 3 hours
Vatican City, Jan 25, 2015 / 05:37 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- More than "theoretical discussions," what unites Christians is encounter, and a willingness to "challenge one another," said Pope Francis as he marked the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
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Denver, Colo., Jan 25, 2015 / 04:59 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Lynn Grandon kept a tally on her desk of how many babies she knew the Denver Lighthouse women's center had helped bring into this world.

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Vatican City, Jan 25, 2015 / 02:35 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- During his weekly Angelus address, Pope Francis decried the recent escalation of violence in Ukraine, and later called on Christians to pray for unity with one another. 1 day 9 hours
Rome, Italy, Jan 24, 2015 / 09:48 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Bishop Rafaello Martinelli of Frascati, Italy, has announced that the beatification cause will be opened for the founder of the Focolare movement, Chiara Lubich. 2 days 2 hours
Vatican City, Jan 24, 2015 / 09:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In a letter to the 20 bishops who will be elevated to the cardinalate next month, Pope Francis said that the role is one of sacrificial service rather than an award, and cautioned against a worldly mindset. 2 days 3 hours
Vatican City, Jan 24, 2015 / 06:20 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis was surprised that his words on responsible parenthood were not widely taken in the sense that he intended them, a Vatican official related in an interview on Thursday. 2 days 6 hours
Vatican City, Jan 24, 2015 / 04:48 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis told a group of religious men and women that they are the forerunners in working towards Christian unity, which is something that first requires personal conversion, holiness and prayer. 2 days 7 hours
Vatican City, Jan 23, 2015 / 12:28 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz is one of the 11 causes for canonization that Pope Francis advanced yesterday, and will be granted the title "Venerable" with the pontiff's recognition of his heroic virtue. 2 days 23 hours

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