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By Beth Griffin Catholic News Service  NEW YORK — Religious liberty is under aggressive assault on many fronts in a culture increasingly insensitive to rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to U.S. Constitution, according to speakers at a Sept. 15 … Continue reading → 4 hours 40 min
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Sept. 14, was the day of the 10th annual Blue Mass, held to thank and pray for the men and women who serve as police, … Continue reading → 4 hours 40 min
 Catholic News Agency ROME — The first “selfie” of retired pontiff Benedict XVI is making the rounds on social networks. Non c’è uno senza due! Ecco il secondo selfie di oggi di #Papa #BenedettoXVI, stavolta con Don Sebastiano Sequino. pic.twitter.com/lYEc66vseZ … Continue reading → 4 hours 40 min
Staff Report The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will bestow its Respect Life Award for 2014 on Debbie Nieport and Susan Willke Enouen. The award will be presented by Bishop Joseph Binzer Oct. 5, Respect Life Sunday, at the 11 a.m. Mass … Continue reading → 4 hours 40 min
Staff Report WEST UNION — The second of two “Farm Masses” celebrated annually in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati took place Sept. 5 in Adams County. Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr celebrated Mass at the property of Randy Louiso in West Union. The … Continue reading → 4 hours 40 min
Staff Report Updated Sept. 17 8:45 p.m. Carroll High School was evacuated at roughly 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in the wake of a threatening message found at the school, according to Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati … Continue reading → 4 hours 40 min
By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — More than a dozen religious bodies, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, argued in a joint letter to the Federal Communications Commission that the Internet must remain available to all without … Continue reading → 4 hours 40 min
  By Sarah McCarthy Catholic News Service WASHINGTON —The Song of Solomon, the amorous tale of two lovers contained in the Old Testament, has found reincarnation in a modern story of love and faith underscored by American folk music. “The … Continue reading → 4 hours 40 min
Press Release  Father Steve Angi, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and police chaplain, will be the principal celebrant at the tenth annual Blue Mass for Greater Cincinnati police, fire and safety personnel to be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, … Continue reading → 4 hours 40 min
By Beth Griffin Catholic News Service  NEW YORK — Peace is never achieved once and for all, but is the fruit of a daily quest for greater justice and respect for one another, the new papal nuncio to the United … Continue reading → 4 hours 40 min
Just about any white-collar worker under the age of 40 will confess that he or she works at least sixty hours a week, goes to work early, leaves work late, and brings work home. What has happened to us? Why … Continue reading → 1 day 4 hours
By Rick Musacchio Catholic News Service SAN ANTONIO — As William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption Seminary: “Where is Bishop Choby?” “When will he get here?” And … Continue reading → 1 day 4 hours
Staff Report Back on July 31 nearly 500 students, athletes and coaches gathered to adore the the Lord in the Eucharist and to pray the rosary prior to the start of the high school football practice season. To read the … Continue reading → 1 day 4 hours
Staff Report The events of September 11, 2001 are burned into the memories of all Americans alive at the time. For arguably the first time in world history, a major international tragedy took place under the watch of a 24-hour … Continue reading → 1 day 4 hours
The following is an unsigned editorial titled “Never forget!” from the Sept. 11 issue of The Tablet, newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York.   There are days that will be remembered, detail for detail, in our minds. And for … Continue reading → 1 day 4 hours
Report Holy Cross Roman Catholic Lithuanian Church in Dayton has been celebrating a century of faith in a variety of ways. The parish’s 100th anniversary Mass was held June 22, with Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer as the main celebrant.  … Continue reading → 2 days 4 hours

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Challah, a sweet bread baked for home Shabbat dinners and a favorite with bread-lovers everywhere, gets a special shape for Rosh Hashana.

Challah, a sweet bread baked for home Shabbat dinners and a favorite with bread-lovers everywhere, gets a special shape for Rosh Hashana.

Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana  literally means “head of the year” in Hebrew. It’s the start of the Jewish New Year.  This year the two- day celebration starts at sundown on Wednesday, September 24.

Over the centuries it has become associated with many food customs, for instance, eating sweet foods and sweet egg bread to symbolize hopes for a “Sweet New Year.”

On the first night of Rosh Hashanah, people dip challah, that sweet egg and honey bread, into honey and say a blessing.

Challah is one of the most recognizable food symbols of Rosh Hashana. (One of my Jewish colleagues taught me not to say “Challa Bread,” because “challa” means a loaf of bread.) It’s a braided egg bread traditionally served on Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. But during Rosh Hashanah, instead of the regular long braid, the bread is shaped into rounds. That shape symbolizes the continuity of creation.

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Note that the dough is very sticky but as you knead it and add a bit more flour while doing so, it becomes a beautiful, soft dough. This makes 2 loaves.

Even easier option: Buy a loaf of frozen bread dough, thaw, then follow directions in Step 3, but substitute the frozen bread dough instructions for baking temperature and time. Check after 35 minutes or so to see if it’s done and follow the directions in step 6 below.You’ll get one braid from each loaf of frozen bread dough.

Some people like to sprinkle it with poppy or sesame seeds before baking.

  • 2-1/2 cups warm water, 110 degrees – I put the water in my large mixing bowl (make sure it stays at 110 – rinse bowl out with hot water first)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Canola or vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 8 cups unbleached all purpose flour – I like King Arthur brand
  • Egg wash – 1 or 2 whole eggs, beaten until blended

1. Sprinkle yeast over warm water. On low speed, stir in honey, oil, eggs and salt until well blended.

2. Add flour, one cup at a time, beating after each addition. You may wind up having to beat by hand, depending upon the size of the bowl, if you’re using a hand or stand mixer, etc.

Put on lightly floured surface. Dough will be sticky. Knead until smooth and elastic (like a baby’s bottom, my friend Carol says) and no longer sticky, adding flour as needed. Be careful here – don’t add too much flour or the bread will be dry. Cover with damp clean cloth and let rise until doubled in bulk – up to 1-1/2 hours or so.

3. Punch dough down and again place on lightly floured surface. Divide in half and again knead each half for a few more minutes, adding more flour if needed. Again, be careful here – too much flour and the bread will be dry. Just add enough to keep it from being sticky.

4. Divide each half into thirds and roll into ropes about 1-1/2” wide. Pinch top ends of each 3 rolls together. Then, starting from the middle, start braiding, again pinching ends after braiding. Either leave as is or curve braid into a circle and pinch ends together very well. I pinch and tuck ends under.

5. Spray 2 baking sheets. Put braids on. Brush with egg wash. Cover with towel and let rise again until doubled, about an hour or so. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

6.  After second rise, if you want a lacquered finish, brush GENTLY again with egg wash. Bake for 30-40 minutes. If you insert a thermometer into the center on the bottom, the bread will register 190 degrees when done. Or tap it on the bottom – it should sound hollow.

See our story on Rita Heikenfeld’s recent induction into the Cincinnati Culinary Hall of Fame.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Heikenfeld.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld writes a weekly syndicated column and blog for the Community Press, appears every Thursday on the Son Rise Morning Show, and is the author of several cookbooks. A former adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, she is Certified Culinary Professional and Certified Modern Herbalist,  the Culinary Professional for Jungle Jim’s Eastgate, and a media personality with a cable show and YouTube videos. She lives “in the sticks” outside Batavia, Ohio with her family, where they heat with wood, raise chickens for eggs, and grow their own produce and herbs. You’ll find all her previous recipes featured on The Catholic Beat here.

Rita’s Bible Foods segment airs on the Son Rise Morning Show every Thursday morning at 7:22 am (rebroadcast Friday at 6:02 am). Tune in to hear her discuss the history behind each recipe and the scripture verses that inspired it. And of course, for cooking tips!

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Archbishop Schnurr (left) during the ordination of Thomas Wray, a former Episcopal priest, as a transitional deacon Saturday. Wray, who joined the church with his wife and teen children in 2011, will become one of the very small number of married Roman rite Catholic priests (all former Episcopal clergy) in the world in 2015.

Archbishop Schnurr (left) during the ordination of Thomas Wray, a former Episcopal priest, as a transitional deacon Saturday. Wray, who joined the church with his wife and teen children in 2011, will become one of the very small number of married Roman rite Catholic priests (all former Episcopal clergy) in the world in 2015.

Married father of two ordained transitional deacon

Ruthy Trusler contributed to this story

Tom Wray, a former Episcopal priest who is now Pastoral Associate for Evangelization at St. Margaret of York parish (Loveland, OH), was ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church on Sept. 13th at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr ordained Wray, who is married and the father of two, a transitional deacon in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel before a crowd of SMOY parishioners and Wray’s family and friends.

The ordination of former clergy from Episcopal communities, through a process called the “Pastoral Provision,” was approved by Pope St. John Paul II in 1980. Ordination is not guaranteed to all convert clergy who apply, and the process takes several years.

Under the Pastoral Provision, married clergy who convert to Catholicism can be accepted for ordination — just as married Catholic men can be ordained as permanent deacons, as well as priests in Eastern Catholic rites. However, no clergy in the Catholic Church may marry (or remarry, if a spouse dies) after being ordained.

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Wray and his family — wife Janet, and his teen son and daughter — entered the Church together in 2011, three years after Wray left the Episcopal ministry. He spent several years studying for Catholic priesthood and his candidacy was approved by the pope. Wray will be ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 2015.

Fr. Jan Schmidt, pastor of St. Margaret of York, and Deacon Jeffery Perkins, also from SMOY, participated in the ordination. Fr. Steve Angi, Chancellor of the Archdiocese, presented Wray to the Archbishop.

Like all deacon ordination ceremonies, this one included the laying on of hands and the investiture with the deacon’s stole and dalmatic. The

New Deacon Tom Wray and Fr. James Brooks Sunday at St. Margaret of York Church in Loveland (OH).

New Deacon Tom Wray and Fr. James Brooks Sunday at St. Margaret of York Church in Loveland (OH).

recessional hymn to conclude the rite began, “Go to the world!” and Deacon Wray did — beginning his ministry as a deacon the next day at St. Margaret of York.

When ordained to the priesthood next year, Wray will serve the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and celebrate the Roman rite used in most Catholic churches, not the special rite that is more similar to the Anglican service and is used by priests and parishes that came into the Catholic Church together under the “Anglican Ordinariate,” a special provision for Anglicans established by Pope Benedict XVI.

But he will not pastor a parish. Married men ordained to the priesthood under the Pastoral Provision are given other assignments because of their family obligations.

According the the Catholic Telegraph, the last former Episcopal minister ordained in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was the late Fr. David DeVore III, who was ordained in 1988 and who passed away in 2007.

For more about Wray and his family, see this story in the Catholic Telegraph.

Photos by Ruthy Trusler

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Rita at the Hilton Netherland Plaza with Jungle Jim's Eastgate colleagues Jimmy and Todd.

Rita at the Hilton Netherland Plaza with Jungle Jim’s Eastgate colleagues Jimmy and Todd for the ceremony and dinner.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld, whose recipes appear here every Thursday, was inducted into the Cincinnati Culinary Hall of Fame honoring people who have shaped our regional culinary heritage this month at a dinner at the Hilton Netherland Plaza’s Hall of Mirrors.

More than 100 people attended the dinner held by the Cincinnati chapter of Les Amis d’Escoffier, an international organization for people who love fine food. Named after French chef Auguste Escoffier, who popularized and updated traditional French cooking methods, the group promotes culinary excellence in the region.

Members enjoyed a dinner prepared by Executive Chef Todd Kelly. The evening was hosted by Sheila Gray of WKRC; Chef John Kinsella, CMC, PhD, Master Chef at Midwest Culinary Institute, and president of Smart Chefs; and Chef Honoree Megan Ketover.

This year’s Professional inductees were:

  • Culinary Educator Rita Nader Heikenfeld
  • Kinkead Ridge Winery
  • Restaurant Founder Buddy LaRosa
  • The Maier Family of Frisch’s Restaurants
  • Chef Luigi LaValle
  • Charles Squeri (Squeri Food Services)

Rita, whose live weekly segment on Bible foods for the Son Rise Morning Show is heard around the nation,is the Culinary Professional for Jungle Jim’s Eastgate (Cincinnati). An author, former adjunct  professor at the University of Cincinnati, and syndicated columnist, is a certified family herbalist and frequently appears on local television.

If you’d like to leave congratulations for Rita, write them in the comment box or send them to TheCatholicBeat@gmail.com!

Browse all Rita’s previous recipes featured on The Catholic Beat here.

Rita’s Bible Foods segment airs on theSon Rise Morning Show every Thursday morning at 7:22 am (rebroadcast Friday at 6:02 am). Tune in to hear her discuss the history behind each recipe and the scripture verses that inspired it. And of course, for cooking tips!

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Students at a Glenmary mission "vacation school” in Appalachia, VA, with Glenmary Fr. Fancis Wuest in 1950. Photo courtesy the Glenmary Home Missioners.

Students at a Glenmary mission “vacation school” in Appalachia, VA, with Glenmary Fr. Fancis Wuest in 1950. Since their founding in 1939, the Glenmary Home Missioners have founded 100 missions and mission churches, many of which are now parish churches under the care of the local ordinary. Photo courtesy the Glenmary Home Missioners.

In 1939. Fr. William Howard Bishop established the Glenmary Home Missioners with a dream that one day the Catholic Church would be present in every county of the United States.

His small band of missionary priests and brothers, headquartered in Fairfield (OH), headed out through the South and Appalachia, calling together and establishing Catholic communities in areas where the Church had never been present.

Seventy-five years later, more than 100 missions have been successfully established and cared for by Glenmary priests, brothers, and lay coworkers.

In celebration, Glenmary invites all to an anniversary weekend featuring a dinner at Xavier University’s conference center and Mass at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, TX, will be the keynote speaker at the Oct. 18 Anniversary Banquet. There is no set fee for the 6-9 pm event; donate what you can.

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr will celebrate the Oct. 19 Mass at 2 pm in the Cathedral. A reception will follow in the Undercroft; all are invited.

The Glenmary Home Missioners say there is still much to do to accomplish Fr. Bishop’s dream. In the Southeast alone, there are more than 350 counties without a resident pastoral minister or Catholic church. Join them as they look back at their history and forward to the challenges to come.

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Students from Holy Family School in Price Hill/Cincinnati sang “Impossible!” from the musical Cinderella at the CISE campaign kickoff event.

The Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund (CISE) opened its 34th annual campaign at Great American Ball Park earlier this month, with a record crowd and entertainment by students from Holy Family School in East Price Hill/Cincinnati.

Wearing costumes from Cinderella Kids, the children sang “Impossible,” which promises that “IT’S POSSIBLE! Impossible things are happening every day.”

Local 12 News anchor John Lomax emceed the event, which drew 400 donors, volunteers, teachers, parents and students.

Campaign Chairs Phil McHugh, Tim Elsbrock and Tom Schiller (all of Fifth Third Bank) hope to raise more than $2,500,000 to benefit the 1,800 students in the eight CISE Schools.

IT’S POSSIBLE, they say, for a child living in poverty to attend a Catholic elementary school, Catholic high school, and college. Seventy-one percent of students graduating from a CISE school go on to attend a Catholic high school. Of those CISE was able to track, 91% went to college.

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Archbishop Schnurr with Faith in Education honoree James Reynolds.

Cincinnati Councilwoman Yvette Simpson delivered the keynote address. “Based on my own story, I know there is absolutely nothing that is impossible,” she said, giving attendees an assignment.

“Teachers and volunteers, we need you to help our kids to dream and see doors where currently there is a wall,” she said. “Students, once that door has been created or opened, we need you to go through it. Continue to excel. Then we need you to come back and open the door for someone else.

“CISE donors and friends, we need you to build more doors, create more capacity so that more students can benefit from the great work this organization has done.”

Other events at the kickoff included the annual CISE awards ceremony.

Archbishop Schnurr with Sr. Joan Cook, representing the Sisters of Charity, honored with a Faith in Education award.

Archbishop Schnurr with Sr. Joan Cook, representing the Sisters of Charity, honored with a Faith in Education award.

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr presented Faith in Education awards (for the advancement of CISE’s mission) to James “Rick” Reynolds and to The Sisters of Charity, represented by Sister Joan Cook. The Harry Santen Distinguished Educators Awards for teaching excellence went Diane Schoster of Holy Family School and Cynthia Cooper of St. Boniface School.

Archbishop Schnurr also presented Pete Bushelman with a papal award, the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal,  the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Church. Bushelman is an original CISE Board Member and volunteer, who has served tirelessly in both capacities for 34 years.

Nearly 1800 students, 91% of whom live below the poverty level, are currently enrolled in the eight Catholic elementary schools supported by CISE. More than 300 graduates of CISE schools attend Catholic high schools, most with the help of grants from CISE donors.

CISE schools:

  • St. Francis Seraph (Over-the-Rhine)
  • St. Francis de Sales (East Walnut Hills)
  • St. Boniface (Northside)
  • St. Joseph (the West End)
  • Corryville Catholic (Corryville)
  • Resurrection (Price Hill)
  • Holy Family (East Price Hill)
  • St. Lawrence in (Price Hill)

For more photos and a video of the student performance visit www.cisefund.org.

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Archbishop Schnurr presented Pete Bushelman with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal,  the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Church, for his 34 years of work with CISE.

Archbishop Schnurr presented Pete Bushelman with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal, the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Church, for his 34 years of work with CISE.

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O Papa Francisco, ao anunciar que no dia 21 de setembro estará em Tirana, disse: "Com esta curta viagem eu gostaria de confirmar na fé a Igreja na Albânia e testemunhar o meu encorajamento para um país que tem sofrido por muito tempo como resultado das ideologias do passado". Em Shkoder, norte da Albânia e centro... 14 hours 16 sec
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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has asked people to accompany his visit to Albania this Sunday with prayer.  Speaking at the end of his General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father said: “Next Sunday, with God's help, I will go in Albania. I decided to visit this country because it has suffered so much because of a terrible atheist regime and is now realizing peaceful coexistence among its various religious components”. Pope Francis is due to travel to Albania for a one day visit this Sunday.  It will be his first European trip outside Italy. The Pope expressed special greetings to the Albanian people and thanked them for making his visit possible. And concluding, he asked people to accompany him with prayer, through the intercession of Our Lady of Good Counsel.  (from Vatican Radio)... 16 hours 56 min
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis encouraged Catholics go forth and bring the Gospel message to the world and to their communities. Speaking on Wednesday during his General Audience the Pope spoke of the universal and apostolic nature of the Catholic Church. Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni:   Pope Francis explained that the word catholic means that she is universal, something that she shows by speaking all languages, which – he said – is the effect of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit gave to the Apostles and the whole Church the gift of proclaiming the Good News of God’s salvation and love to all, even to the ends of the earth. And, speaking off-the-cuff to those present in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said we should all carry with us a “pocket” Gospel, so we can dip into it during the day that – he said – is a good thing to do. The Pope also highlighted the missionary nature of the Catholic Church which – he said - is called to show the tenderness and power of God. Turning his attention to the many missionaries the Church is blessed with, he said the Holy Spirit compels us to encounter our brothers and sisters, even those most distant from us, and to share with them God’s message of love, peace and joy. Ours – Pope Francis said – is a Church that goes forth, impelled by the life-giving breath of the Spirit. And speaking of the heroic lives of many missionaries who have left their homelands and have gone forth to proclaim the Gospel in distant lands, he recalled his conversations with a Brazilian Cardinal who has worked at length in the Amazon area. The Pope revealed that, when possible, the Cardinal goes to visit a cemetery in the Amazon where many missionaries are buried: “these brothers and sisters could all be canonized now” he said. Thanking the Lord for the Church’s many missionaries; the Pope said “perhaps amongst the many young people present today in the Square there is someone who would like to become a missionary. May he go forth!” The Pope said, “This is good and courageous”.             Please find below the official synopsis of the Pope’s catechesis: Dear Brothers and Sisters: When we profess the Creed, we affirm that the Church is catholic and apostolic.  The word catholic signifies that she is universal.  This means that the Church is found everywhere and teaches the whole truth regarding the heavens and the earth.  The Church shows her catholicity by speaking all languages which is the effect of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit gave to the Apostles and the whole Church the gift of proclaiming the Good News of God’s salvation and love to all, even to the ends of the earth.  The Church then is of her nature missionary, given to evangelization and encounter; that is, she is apostolic.  Founded on the Apostles and in continuity with them, the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel to everyone, and to show the tenderness and power of God.  This too flows from Pentecost.  It is the Holy Spirit who prevents us from being self-absorbed, of thinking that the blessings of God are for us alone.  Rather, the Spirit compels us to encounter our brothers and sisters, even those most distant from us in every way, to share with them the love, peace, and joy of the Risen Lord.  May we always live in solidarity with all of humanity, and never closed in on ourselves.  May we go out, in communion with the Successors of the Apostles, to announce Christ and his love to all.  And may we always be a sign of the Church our Mother: holy, catholic and apostolic.     (from Vatican Radio)... 16 hours 57 min
Pope Francis at the Angelus on Sunday 14 September made yet another passionate plea for peace in Africa. This time, he focused his attention on the Central African Republic (CAR) expressing his desire for the violence to give way to dialogue. Pope Francis also spoke of his wish that CAR’s opposing factions put aside their vested interests and endeavour instead to ensure that every citizen, regardless of ethnicity or religion, contributes and collaborates towards the re-building of CAR. Pope Francis assured the people of CAR of his prayers particularly because he is aware that it is the civilian population which is “seriously suffering the consequences of the ongoing conflict.” The Pope’s appeal came about on the eve of the 15 September deployment of a new United Nations peacekeeping mission to CAR. The United Nations’ (UN) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has taken over peacekeeping responsibilities from the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA). This is in accordance with Security Council resolution No. 2149. This provision, earlier this year, established the new peacekeeping mission for the Central African Republic, for an initial period of one year. Roughly 6,500 African Union (MISCA) troops, 2,000 French and 700 other European soldiers are currently deployed in CAR. Many countries have been reluctant to send forces. The current MISCA deployment has struggled to help the transitional government in CAR bring about security to the country. On 1 June 2014, during the Regina Coeli prayer, Pope Francis again appealed for peace in CAR. The violence and happenings in CAR are said to be among the world’s most under-reported stories. This probably explains Pope Francis’ continuing concern for CAR. The Catholic Church in CAR has also been in the fore-front of promoting peace especially through the Archbishop of Bangui. Known for his courage and prophetic stance, Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga has become an advocate of peace. His determination to engage in a path leading to the final resolution of the crisis in his country makes him one of the key players in the quest for peace. He has on several occasions warned that if left unchecked, the situation in CAR could degenerate into genocide. When Archbishop Nzapalainga spoke in an interview with “La Semaine Africaine,” a magazine of the episcopal conference in Congo–Brazzaville, ahead of the national meeting which led to the signing of a ceasefire in Brazzaville on 23 July, the Archbishop said, “I hope this forum will be the opportune time for Central Africans to speak the truth, and that the abscess of this crisis can burst out once and for all because it is useless to take up arms and to seize power. The most important thing is the political and social dialogue not arms.” Unfortunately, the ceasefire signing notwithstanding, the two warring factions, Séléka and anti-Balaka have continued fighting and killing civilians, especially outside Bangui. Neither has agreed to a complete cessation of hostilities nor to full disarmament. The efforts of one of CAR’s leading Imams, Oumar Kobine Layama have also been lauded. The Imam has collaborated closely with Archbishop Nzapalainga in calling for peace. On several occasions, the Vatican’s daily newspaper, “L’Ossevatore Romano” has drawn attention to the plight of this forgotten conflict. The daily newspaper has regularly written articles on the situation in CAR which the main stream media are not covering. For example, L’Ossevatore Romano recently dedicated space to speak about the serious problem of CAR’s children forcibly recruited into the conflict as combatants. The UN Secretary-General’s report of 1 August says that there are also serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in CAR. These violations include forced displacement of the civilian population, rape and other forms of sexual violence, assassinations, summary executions, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. In addition, half of the population is still in need of humanitarian assistance and more than one million people have been displaced, with about 500,000 of these seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. As part of the Brazzaville agreement, interim President Catherine Samba Panza on 5 August dismissed her government to make way for a national unity government. On 10 August, Samba Panza named Mahamat Kamoun as the country’s first Moslem prime minister, responsible for forming the new government. CAR was a former French colony known as Ubangi-Shari. According to the World Factbook, CAR has had a challenging history since its independence in 1960. First there was Jean Bedel Bokassa, the self-proclaimed Emperor with his excesses and cruelty. Then came successive military governments who presided over three tumultuous decades of misrule. James Schneider, editor of Think Africa Press, told “Al Jezeera” TV recently that France needs to take some of the blame for collaborating with some of CAR’s military governments and thus inadvertently propping them up. In 1993, civilian rule was established but lasted only for one decade. In March, 2003 President Ange-Felix Patasse was deposed in a military coup led by General Francois Bozize who later established an inept and nepotistic government. The current crisis started in March 2013 when Séléka rebels seized the capital, Bangui. President Bozize fled the country. After Séléka came to power they took to looting state structures and oppressing the people. Some commentators say the Séléka-led government of Michel Djotodia was worse than that of Bozize. In part, oppression of the largely Christian majority by Séléka led to the formation of the anti-Balaka. Although the appalling violence in CAR is often depicted as Christians versus Moslems, the reality is that for many years Christians and Moslems have lived together in relative peace. This is a conflict involving neighbours and communities who have lived together but have now been manipulated by Séléka and anti-Balaka militias. It is hoped that as the official deployment of MINUSCA gets underway, this will mark the first stepping stone towards creating stability in CAR. According to the Security Council, if the country can be stabilised, then other important tasks can begin. These tasks include that of re-launching state institutions by the new government from the ground upwards; ensuring the success of the transitional political process; possible reconciliation and upholding accountability for human rights and international humanitarian law violations. Amnesty International, in particular, is concerned about issues of impunity for crimes under international law and other serious violations and abuses of human rights in CAR. The rights group, believes that there can be no long lasting peace in CAR if impunity is allowed to continue. (Paul Samasumo) e-mail: engafrica@vatiradio.va   (from Vatican Radio)... 16 hours 57 min
(Vatican Radio) A delegation of 18 U.S. bishops have been in the Holy Land since September 10 to pray for peace.  The “Pilgrimage for Peace” has visited and prayed at the various holy sites in Jerusalem, Galilee, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services, the international relief and development agency of the U.S. bishops, sponsored the pilgrimage. The bishops on Sunday visited the war-torn region of Gaza, and viewed the destruction of the recent conflict with Israel. They also visited the small Catholic community there, and celebrated Mass. On Tuesday night, the Bishop of Allentown, John Barres, spent the night in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, praying for peace. Listen to the full interview with Bishop John Barres: “It was extremely powerful,” he told Vatican Radio.  “As I [prayed] all these images…of destruction, of the suffering of the people, and the need for peace, all those images and that experience I had on Sunday in Gaza were very powerful with me.” Bishop Barres also said prayer is central to peace. “St. John Paul’s insistence that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the fulcrum of human history,” he said.  “The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the fulcrum of every effort - however small, however big - to build peace in our world, and especially peace in devastated areas like Gaza.” Follow the #PeacePilgrimage on Twitter (from Vatican Radio)... 18 hours 23 min
Pope Francis’ approval of  the votes of the Ordinary Session of the Cardinals and Bishops in favor of canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz  attains special significance in the wake of the forthcoming visit of the Holy Father to Sri. Lanka in January 2015. Bl. Vaz was born in Goa, India, in 1651.  As a priest he volunteered to work in Sri Lanka amid persecution of Catholics by Dutch colonial rulers, who were Calvinists. Catholic priests were forbidden to preach; it would mean imprisonment  and even death if they were caught. Bl. Joseph Vaz went to Ceylon disguised as a laborer. He walked the rural paths through the tea-gardens, searching for Catholics, ministering to their needs,  instructing them in the faith, regularizing their marriages, baptizing their children,  and celebrating Holy Mass in their homes and villages. He was a veritable apostle for the Sri Lankan Church and he renewed the faith which had been affected by  persecution. He also instrumental in converting a number of people to Christianity. It was in 1693 that the Bl. Joseph Vaz worked a miracle of rain during a drought and the King of Kandy offered him protection and freedom to preach the Gospel in the  Kingdom of Kandy. He used the missionary method of inculturation and composed a para-liturgy in Tamil and Singhala. He educated his servant John to be a priest. John belonged to the Kumbi tribe which at that time was not accepted for priesthood.  During a small epidemic in Kandy, the king and other nobles fled but Bl. Joseph Vaz  remained ministering to the dying and abandoned victims for almost 2 years.  Bl. Joseph Vaz finally died in 1711 after 23 years of arduous missionary work in Sri Lanka. There does seem to be a special role for Bl. Joseph Vaz to play at this moment of  history.  His life and ministry becomes very relevant specially now when we experience persecution against Christians in several  countries specially  in Asia. Bl. Joseph Vaz has the distinction of founding a missionary Oratory - priests who would be available for frontier missionary work. Since Blessed Joseph Vaz was born, educated  and ordained a priest in India and opted to be a missionary in Sri Lanka, both the  countries have special significance at his being raised to the honours of the altar. May he intercede for all those suffering from persecution specially in Asia.     (from Vatican Radio)... 18 hours 28 min
Terminou hoje a sexta reunião do Conselho dos Cardeais instituído pelo Santo Padre Francisco para ajudar na reforma da Cúria e no desenvolvimento de uma nova Constituição Apostólica. Foram três dias de encontros, de segunda-feira até hoje, onde o Papa esteve presente exceto nesta quarta-feira de manhã por causa da ... 19 hours 35 min
Sua diocese teve uma das primeiras rádios diocesanas do país. De 2002 a 2007, uma das tropas que lutava na Guerra Civil ocupou a rádio para fazer propaganda e antes de sair roubou tudo. O local onde antes havia estúdio, agora está vazio.   Por ocasião da visita ad limina ao Papa, o bispo Gaspar Beby Gneba aprovei... 20 hours 55 min
Vatican City, 17 September 2014 (VIS) – This morning, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., provided an update on the sixth meeting of the Council of Cardinals, which began on Monday, 15 September and will conclude this afternoon. As usual, the Holy Father was present at all sessions apart from this morning's, due to the Wednesday general audience. “In the previous meetings, the Cardinals had worked by examining all the Congregations and Pontifical Councils, but they had also assigned a significant amount of time to hearing the referring Commissions on economic and organisational questions (COSEA and CRIOR) and on matters pertaining to the economic Dicasteries. Work in this area may now be considered complete, following the constitution of the Council and the Secretariat for the Economy. The press conference held by Cardinal Pell in July focused on the results of this work and on the initiation of the activities of these new organs. “Therefore, in this meeting the Council of Cardinals resumed work on the other Dicasteries. In the meantime, several contributions had been prepared by various members of the Council on the different issues within their sphere of competence, which were proposed or presented to the Council. During these days, the Council focused on two principal “hotspots”. “The first includes the themes of the laity and the family. It is a very broad area, encompassing many issues, including for instance the role of women in society and in the Church, youth, childhood, or matters related to lay associations and movements, and so on. “The second comprises themes linked to justice and peace, charity, migrants and refugees, health, and the protection of life and ecology, especially human ecology. “As can be seen, the discussions therefore involved many of the major issues that fall within the competences of the current Pontifical Councils, and how to face them in a coordinated and integrated fashion. “The Council of Cardinals, as we are aware, does not make decisions, but formulates proposals for the Pope, who certainly intends to consult in further depth, also with regard to the various Dicasteries, involving those in roles of responsibility. Therefore, the Council’s proposals will be studied further, and it is to be expected that the Pope will speak about them, for instance, during the meetings with the Heads of the Dicasteries, which are convoked regularly and will certainly take place in the coming months. “A draft Introduction for the new Constitution was also drawn up and distributed. “In order to speed up this new phase in the work of the Council, the coordinator Cardinal Maradiaga has prepared an overall plan to facilitate the organisation of the contributions and reflections already offered during the previous meetings and the integration of new ones. “It may be assumed that, with the next two meetings of the Council (9-11 December 2014 and 9-11 February 2015), the draft Constitution will reach an advanced stage of preparation, making it possible for the Pope to proceed with further consultations”. With regard to the Commission for the Protection of Minors, the director of the Holy See Press Office commented that the appointment of the Secretary, Msgr. Robert Oliver, had been made public during recent days, adding: “In the next few weeks other very important aspects will be specified regarding the Statutes and further members of the Commission. It is expected that these will be clarified at the time of the next meeting of the Commission itself, scheduled for early October (4-5)”. “With regard to the Commission on Vatican media, chaired by Lord Chris Patten, the first meeting will be held from 22-24 September at the Domus Sanctae Marthae. As a first meeting, it will be dedicated primarily to drawing up a framework for the common base of information necessary to enable the work of the members (several of whom are from contexts external to the Vatican), the planning of the work to be done over the coming months, and the method to be used. The Commission itself, during its first meeting, will establish its own strategy of communication. Therefore, interviews or communications will not be given prior to the meeting”, he concluded.... 22 hours 42 min
"Ecco il santo! - Eis o santo!", aclamava o povo ao ver passar Roberto Francisco Rômulo Belarmino que nasceu em Montepulciano na Itália em 04 de outubro de 1542. Filho de Vincenzo Belarmino e Cinzia Cervini, casal de profunda fé que tiveram doze filhos dos quais seis foram religiosos. A infância de Roberto foi perm... 22 hours 44 min
Toda quarta-feira, a Praça de São Pedro acolhe os milhares de fiéis que, vindos de todas as partes do mundo, querem escutar a catequese semanal de Francisco durante a audiência geral. Às 9h30 da manhã pelo horário de Roma, o Santo Padre entrou na praça a bordo do papamóvel descoberto e percorreu os corredores sau... 23 hours 58 min
O Vaticano anunciou que o Coro Pontifício da Capela Sistina vai se apresentar pela primeira vez em Macau, Hong Kong e Taipei. Intitulados "Reverberando melodias celestiais na Grande China", os concertos incluirão obras de compositores notáveis ​​como Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Orlando di Lasso, Gregorio Al... 1 day 18 min
A Comissão de Cardeais encarregada, entre outras tarefas, de reformar o Instituto para as Obras de Religião (IOR), conhecido popularmente como o Banco do Vaticano, nomeou Mauricio Larrain (Chile) e Carlo Salvatori (Itália) como membros do Conselho de Superintendência do IOR, conforme comunicado pelo Instituto nesta... 1 day 20 min
(Vatican Radio)  International help came too little, and “a bit late” for Iraq’s Christians and Yazidi minorities being targeted by Islamic State militants in their campaign to create an Islamic caliphate in the region.  That’s according to Bishop Shlemon Warduni, President of Caritas Iraq who says the plight of Iraq’s minorities was ignored by the U.N., Europe and America which “did not do a good job” at the beginning of the conflict this summer and “they came to aid us a little bit late.” Listen to Tracey McClure’s interview with Bishop Warduni on the sidelines of a high-level Caritas Internationalis meeting in Rome on the crisis in the Middle East: The U.S. has conducted more than 150 air strikes against the extremist group in Iraq and forms part of an evolving coalition of some forty states committed to fighting Islamic State militants (“Daesh” in Arabic). Bishop Warduni laments a weak Iraqi government and army for the collapse of Mosul and Ninevah which were overrun by Islamic State fighters in a matter of hours in June.  Our Christians preferred Christ to their homes 120,000 terrified Christians were forced to leave communities in the Ninevah plains, and more than 30,000 fled Mosul, one of Iraq’s biggest cities, after Islamic State threatened them with death if they failed to convert to their strict brand of Islam. Many fled with just the clothes on their backs, leaving everything they owned behind.  “Thanks God our people are strong in the faith,” Bishop Warduni adds,  “they preferred Christ to their homes or properties.” The Christians have taken refuge in Christian villages in northern Iraq, in churches and schools and anywhere they can find a roof over their heads, the Iraqi Bishop explains. He adds that temperatures exceeded 48° c. in the summer months making conditions extremely difficult for the displaced families.  “At the beginning it was very, very hot … and they were without shoes, just in their clothes that they had on their body (when they escaped).  You cannot imagine how it was.” Christ asks Christians to love others like ourselves “Iraq is… the country of wars,” Bishop Warduni sighs.  “We were living with Muslims and others but we were not prepared – never, never – for this situation. And Caritas must do something for them. Because our Lord said: whatever you are doing for any small one of my brothers, you are doing for Me. And He also told us to love one another…how did He love us?  He loved us on the Cross.  So, He asks from every Christian to do like Him: to love the others as ourselves.  To sacrifice for them also, even in our life.” Caritas reaches out to Iraq’s displaced Bishop Warduni explains that Caritas lost precious time in getting its team on the ground to respond to the crisis because they had to locate staff who had escaped with other Christians fleeing ISIS.  The displaced “need first of all to eat, and medicines and clothes,” he points out, adding that Caritas and other organizations are trying to deliver some forms of shelter to protect them from the elements.  So far, Caritas has helped more than 7,500 families. Bishop Warduni does not exclude the use of force to defeat IS, but says it is necessary to get at the root of the problem by stopping arms sales to the militants and the sale of oil by IS, and  by excluding from the international community countries that help the militants.   An international peace force will also be needed, he notes, to protect and liberate the local population and prevent IS from returning – a fear shared by many Iraqis today. (From Vatican Radio)... 1 day 3 hours
A pregação é uma coisa, estar perto das pessoas é outra. Mais uma vez o Papa Francisco, do altar da Capela de Santa Marta, alerta sobre a hipocrisia com que muitos vivem a vida de fé. Durante a homilia desta manhã, o Santo Padre deteve-se na protagonista do Evangelho de hoje (cf. Lc 7,11-17), a viúva de Naim, que... 1 day 14 hours
Entre os estados comunistas que desde 1917 perseguiram sistematicamente as instituições religiosas, a Albânia foi o único país que conseguiu institucionalizar-se como "o primeiro estado ateu do mundo". Através de uma ditadura que durou 40 anos, Enver Hoxha (1908-1985) se esforçou com todos os meios e com indescrití... 1 day 14 hours
A edição italiana da biografia de dom Álvaro del Portillo, publicada originalmente em espanhol, será apresentada nesta quinta-feira, 18 de setembro, na Pontifícia Universidade da Santa Cruz, em Roma. Trata-se do instituto que dom Álvaro iniciou em 1984, atendendo a um desejo de São Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, fu... 1 day 14 hours
Depois do encerramento do encontro para bispos da Colômbia, Equador e Venezuela, organizado pelo Pontifício Conselho para as Comunicações Sociais e pelo Conselho Episcopal Latino-Americano (CELAM), os participantes agradeceram pela oportunidade de ampliar os seus conhecimentos e de refletir sobre a importância da c... 1 day 14 hours
O novo mufti da República Libanesa, o xeque Abdel Latif Derian, que foi eleito em agosto, assumiu a plenitude das suas funções nesta terça-feira, 16 de setembro. A cerimônia de investidura foi celebrada na mesquita de Mohammad al-Amin, na presença do primeiro-ministro Tannam Salam e das maiores autoridades do país,... 1 day 14 hours
Dois italianos foram detidos há dois dias na França, em um posto de pedágio, ao cruzarem os Alpes perto da localidade de Chambery. Eles estavam usando o carro do cardeal argentino Jorge María Mejía, dentro do qual foram encontrados 4 quilos de cocaína e 200 gramas de maconha, de acordo com as autoridades francesas.... 1 day 16 hours
A contagem regressiva já começou: 365 dias e a Arquidiocese de Filadélfia celebrará o VIII Encontro Mundial das Famílias com o tema A caminho com o Sínodo em direção a Filadélfia 2015. Está tudo pronto para o evento previsto para 22 a 27 de setembro de 2015; para os bispos, participantes e comissão organizadora, ma... 1 day 17 hours
- Dom Vasconcelos, recentemente o Papa Francisco pediu aos fieis, durante homilia, que não tivesse medo “de mudar as coisas segundo a lei do Evangelho”. Que mudanças são essas que a Igreja pede e pelas quais ela tem de passar? O Concílio Vaticano II foi um novo pentecostes na Igreja. O mundo inteiro ansiava por m... 1 day 22 hours
Vatican City, 16 September 2014 (VIS) – This morning in the Holy See Press Office, Archbishops Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., of Philadelphia, U.S.A., presented the World Meeting of Families on the theme “Love is our mission: the family fully alive”, which will take place in the North American city from 22 to 27 September 2015. In his presentation Archbishop Chaput commented on Philadelphia's deep religious roots and expressed his hope that Pope Francis may be present at next year's meeting, at which between ten and fifteen thousand people from all over the world are expected to attend. He also explained that the theme of the Meeting was based on St. Irenaeus' famous words, “the Glory of God is man fully alive”. “In like manner, the glory of men and women is their capacity to love as God loves. Life in a family is a summons to embody that love in everyday life”. The event in Philadelphia will be accompanied by an official document, a catechesis that “will help parish and diocesan leaders, catechists and other interested persons prepare Catholics across the globe for next year's meeting. … It develops its teaching in ten simple steps. It starts with the purpose of our creation and moves into the nature of our sexuality; the covenant of marriage; the importance of children; the place of priesthood and religious life in the ecology of the Christian community; the Christian home as a refuge for the wounded heart; the role of the Church; and the missionary witness of Christian families to the wider world”. “The text gives us a foundation for all of the different programming that will go into the World Meeting of Families”, continued Archbishop Chaput, “from major talks, to panels and breakout sessions, to family entertainment throughout the event. The text is currently available in English and Spanish. Portuguese, French and other language editions are planned this fall through the efforts of the Pontifical Council for the Family. The catechesis also includes the special prayer we commissioned to prepare for the 2015 gathering”. In addition, a specially-commissioned oil painting will be displayed in Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul throughout the World Meeting. By the artist Neil Carlin, it represents the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary and Joseph – along with Mary's parents, Sts. Anne and Joachim. “They are a reminder that, today and throughout history, the Christian family includes both the young and the elderly; it reaches beyond parents and child to include grandparents and many other extended relations”. Archbishop Paglia presented the events that will be organised by his dicastery this year and the next, in relation to the theme of the family. On 18 September, with the collaboration of Caritas International, a seminar will be held on “Family and poverty”, in which it 150 experts on the theme are expected to participate. On 28 September, with the theme “The blessing of longevity”, the elderly and grandparents will meet with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square. From 22 to 24 January 2015, an international congress of associations, movements and groups for the family and for life will meet with the aim of “Reviewing together the Extraordinary Synod on the Family”, and on 24 March, anniversary of the publication of St. John Paul II's encyclical “Evangelium vitae”, a prayer vigil will be held in the Roman basilica of St. Mary Major. Finally, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family reported that every day until the opening of the Synod (5 October) on the site www.familia.va, there will be a special edition of “Jarà – the spectacle of life”, which will present through words and images the main themes of the Synod and explain how they figure in the Instrumentum Laboris. During the assembly there will be a weekly note presenting and summarising the work of the Synod fathers. All this will be supplemented with exclusive interviews with bishops and experts.... 1 day 23 hours
Vatican City, 16 September 2014 (VIS) – The Commission of Cardinals for the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) has appointed Mauricio Larrain (Chile) and Carlo Salvatori (Italy) as members of the IOR Board of Superintendence, according to a press release published by the Institute today. On the occasion of the nomination Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, President of the IOR’s Supervisory Commission of Cardinals, said: “The IOR is looking forward to working with these two new board members who will add significant financial experience and global perspective at a time when the role of IOR is being reinforced and confirmed to meet the objectives of the Holy Father.” With these appointments, the IOR Board of Superintendence is now complete. Besides Mauricio Larrain and Carlo Salvatori, it is composed of Mr. Jean-Baptiste de Franssu (France), President of the Board, Mr. Clemens Boersig (Germany), Prof. Mary Ann Glendon (USA) and Sir Michael Hintze (UK), who assumed office on 9 July 2014. In addition to these six lay members of the Board, Monsignor Alfred Xuereb, Secretary-General of the Secretariat for the Economy, serves as its non-voting Secretary. As set out in the Institute’s revised Statute from 1990, the IOR Board of Superintendence defines strategy and ensures oversight of operations. The members of the Board of Superintendence are nominated in accordance with the new legal framework and for a period of five years. The nomination of a non-voting Secretary and a sixth member to the IOR Board of Superintendence as well as the nomination of a sixth member to the IOR Cardinals’ Commission will be formalised upon completion of the current review of the Institute’s Statute. Mauricio Larrain is external director of Santander Bank Group Chile and general director of the ESE Business School from the Los Andes University of Chile. He served as the Santander Bank Group Chile’s Chairman and General Director from 1992 until 2014 and was president of Santander Chile Holding S.A. And Universita Chile S.A. from 2000 until 2014. During this period, Santander Bank Group Chile was chosen as the Best Bank in Latin America in six different years by the America Economia Magazine. Carlo Salvatori has served as president of the investment bank Lazard Italy since June 2010 and of the insurance company Allianz SpA since May 2012. Furthermore, he is amember of the Board of Directors of the Sacred Heart Catholic University, of the Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital, of Chiesi Pharmaceuticals and of the Riso Gallo Group and he also is President of the Christian Union of Business Executives’ Milanese section. The Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) was founded on 27 June, 1942, by papal decree to serve the Holy See and its customers in the Catholic Church all over the world. Its origins date back to the "Commissione ad Pias Causas" established in 1887 by Pope Leo XIII. The IOR’s purpose is set by its Statute, amended by Pope John Paul II in 1990, and related by-laws. It is “to provide for the custody and administration of goods transferred or entrusted to the Institute by physical or juridical persons, designated for religious works or charity. The Institute can accept deposits of assets from entities or persons of the Holy See and of the Vatican City State”. The IOR strives to serve the global mission of the Catholic Church by protecting and increasing the patrimony of and providing worldwide payment services to the Holy See and related entities, religious orders, other Catholic institutions, clergy, employees of the Holy See and the accredited diplomatic corps. As of 31 December 2013, the IOR was entrusted with customers’ assets (including deposits, assets held in custody and assets held under portfolio management agreements) totalling EUR 5.9bn, and shareholders’ equity of EUR 720m. The IOR is situated exclusively on the sovereign territory of the Vatican City State, and is supervised and regulated by the "Autorità di Informazione Finanziaria" (AIF), the financial supervisory body for the Vatican City State.... 1 day 23 hours
Vatican City, 16 September 2014 (VIS) – The Pontifical Sistine Chapel Choir is to perform for the first time in Macao, Hong Kong and Taipei. The concerts will be made possible through the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture, in collaboration with the Coro Perosi of the Diocese of Macao and the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation. By sharing the rich musical traditions of East and West, these concerts aim to promote cultural exchange through art and music, thereby creating new channels of communication and communion. The concerts, entitled “Reverberating Heavenly Tunes in Greater China”, will include pieces from notable composers such as Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Orlando di Lasso, Gregorio Allegri and Lorenzo Perosi, whose works historically form part of the repertoire of papal celebrations. The concerts will take place on 19 September 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Cathedral of Macao; 21 September at 8 p.m. at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre; and 23 September at 7:30 p.m. at the National Concert Hall in Taipei. In addition, on 21 September at 11 a.m. in the Cathedral of Hong Kong the Sistine Choir will assist, with the authorisation of the Cardinal Secretary of State, at the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist, at which Cardinal John Tong Hon will preside. The Pontifical Sistine Music Chapel Choir (Sistine Choir), which has its origins in the former Roman Schola Cantorum, has for centuries preserved the musical traditions of the Church and is composed of trained vocal musicians who sing at Papal liturgies and at other celebrations convoked by the Holy Father.... 1 day 23 hours
 (Vatican Radio) Beautiful homilies are useless if you are not close to the people, if you do not suffer with the people and do not give hope, they are vanity: This was Pope Francis’ reflection Tuesday morning during Mass in Santa Marta, the day on which the Church remembers the Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, bishop martyrs. The Gospel of the day speaks of Jesus approaching a funeral procession: a widow of Nain lost her only son. The Pope said that not only does the Lord perform the miracle of bringing her son back to life, he does something more, he is close to her. "God – the people say - visited his people." When God visits "there is something more, there is something new", "it means that His presence is especially there". Jesus is close. "He was close to the people. A close God who is able to understand the hearts of the people, the heart of His people. Then he sees that procession, and the Lord drew near. God visits His people in the midst of his people, and draws near to them. Proximity. This is how God works. Then there is an expression that is often repeated in the Bible: 'The Lord was moved with great compassion'. The same compassion which, the Gospel says, that moved Him when he saw so many people like  sheep without a shepherd. When God visits His people, He is close to them, He draws near to them and is moved by compassion: He is filled with compassion". "The Lord – continued Pope Francis - is deeply moved, just as He was before the tomb of Lazarus". Just like the Father who was moved "when he saw his prodigal son come home". " Closeness and compassion: this is how the Lord visits His people. And when we want to proclaim the Gospel, to bring forth the word of Jesus, this is the path. The other path is that of the teachers, the preachers of the time: the doctors of the law, the scribes, the Pharisees ... who distanced themselves from the people, with their words ... well: they spoke well. They taught the law, well. But they were distant. And this was not a visit of the Lord: It was something else. The people did not feel this to be a grace, because it lacked that closeness, it lacked compassion, it lacked that essence of suffering with the people ". Pope Francis continued: "And there's another word which is proper to when the Lord visits His people: 'The dead man sat up and began to speak, and He - Jesus - restored him to his mother'".   "When God visits His people he restores hope to them. Always. You can preach the Word of God brilliantly: there have been many excellent preachers throughout history. But if these preachers have failed to sow hope, that sermon is useless. It is mere vanity". Looking at Jesus, who restored a living son to this mother - said the Pope - "we can understand what God visiting His people means. And so we ask for the grace that our Christian witness be a witness that brings the closeness of God to His people, that closeness that sows hope". (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 2 days 9 min
Ciclo A Textos: Isaias 55, 6-9; Filipenses 1, 20-24.27; Mateus 20, 1-16 Ideia principal: A lógica de Deus não é a nossa lógica. A lógica de Deus é a misericórdia. A lógica humana é “ à tanto a hora”. Resumo da mensagem: A salvação não será dada ao homem em conceito de contrato bilateral, de justiça legal, mas... 2 days 1 hour
Cornélio, o “Pai dos Pobres” nasceu em Roma por volta do ano 200. A hagiografia não nos oferece dados do início de sua vida e já podemos contemplar no ano 251 a sua eleição à Papa, depois de um tempo vacante da Cátedra de Pedro, sucedendo ao Papa Fabiano que havia sido martirizado pelo Imperador Décio. Este momen... 2 days 1 hour
O papa Francisco realizará neste domingo, 21 de setembro, a quarta viagem internacional do seu pontificado e a primeira visita apostólica a um país da Europa, excetuada a Itália. O destino é a Albânia. A viagem será de apenas um dia e o pontífice concentrará as atividades na capital, Tirana. Devido à brevidade da v... 2 days 15 hours
O papa Francisco se reúne nesta segunda, terça e quarta-feira com o Conselho de Cardeais que o assessora. O tema central das conversas é a reforma da Cúria e o novo orçamento da Santa Sé. Esta é a sexta reunião com o conselho, formado por nove cardeais. A próxima será de 9 a 11 de dezembro e a seguinte acontecerá e... 2 days 15 hours
O vigário geral da diocese de Concepción, no Paraguai, mons. Pablo Cáceres, denunciou à imprensa local que o último enfrentamento entre as Forças Armadas e supostos membros do grupo Exército Popular do Paraguai (EPP) foi “uma verdadeira execução” de “campesinos” que “não têm nada a ver com o grupo armado”. A nota... 2 days 15 hours
No aniversário de 25 anos da queda do Muro de Berlim, cerca de 150 jovens de 24 países da Europa, África, América e Ásia se reuniram de 9 a 14 de agosto para debater na capital alemã sobre o tema “Educação: a caminho de uma nova civilização”. O objetivo é aprovar o manifesto “Magna Charta dos jovens na escola da ... 2 days 15 hours
As vítimas cristãs do grupo fundamentalista da Nigéria Boko Haram na diocese de Maiduguri, ascendeu a cerca de 2500. Foi o que disse em entrevista ao jornal Thisday, o bispo da diocese, Dom Oliver Dashe Doeme , que se refugiou na paróquia de Santa Teresa de Yola, no estado de Adamawa. De acordo com o prelado, a m... 2 days 16 hours
Pode-se chegar a 500 os desaparecidos em um naufrágio acontecido nos últimos dias em Malta. De acordo com relatórios da Organização Internacional para as Migrações (OIM), coletando a narrativa de dois sobreviventes palestinos, resgatadas no mar pelo navio comerciante panamenho Pegasus. "A causa do acidente teria ... 2 days 16 hours
Uma reforma escolar abre a nova era da Turquia sob a presidência de Tayip Erdogan. De acordo com o projeto do Chefe de Estado o ensino e a educação religiosa, a corânica, deverá ser estendida a todos os tipos de escolas, de todas as classes e ordem. Até agora isso estava apenas limitado ao Imam Hatip Lisesi, as esc... 2 days 16 hours
Chegaram na Ucrânia a Cruz e o Ícone da Jornada Mundial da Juventude (JMJ), que estão viajando ao redor do mundo como parte dos preparativos para a Jornada Mundial da Juventude 2016, na Polônia. Os dois símbolos do grande evento de jovens foram entregues à Ucrânia na semana passada pelos jovens da Lituânia; Agora, ... 2 days 16 hours
Maria foi o centro da reflexão do Papa Francisco na missa de hoje em Santa Marta, dia em que a Igreja celebra a Festa de Nossa Senhora das Dores. Ela, a Mãe que o Evangelho mostra "carinhosa e humilde" aos pés do seu filho na cruz, quando Cristo diz a João: "Eis a tua mãe". Mensagem que é dirigida a todos os cristã... 2 days 18 hours
(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga opened a High Level Caritas meeting for the crises in the Middle East with an impassioned call for peace. Speaking on Monday at the start of the Rome meeting scheduled to run from 15 to 17 September, Cardinal Maradiaga, President of Caritas Internationalis, spoke of the tragedy of millions in Syria who are forced to flee their homes because of conflilct, of the violence of fundamentalist extremism in Iraq and eastern Syria, of the predicament of Gaza inhabitants who have lost all in recent Israeli bombing. “As part of the humanitarian community” he said  “we are confronted with the greatest crisis the world has faced since the Second World War. Listen to Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga's address :   Please find below the full text of Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga’s speech: Dear archbishops and bishops, dear members of the Caritas confederation, my dear brothers and sisters, I greet you very warmly.   We meet in tragic times. Every minute, four children inside Syria are forced to flee their homes.  Extremists in Iraq and eastern Syria are carrying out widespread ethnic and religious cleansing in the large areas under their control.  In Gaza, about half a million children were unable to return to school because their classrooms were either destroyed or they house refugees. And large tracks of the best lands are being confiscated by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  As part of the humanitarian community, we are confronted with the greatest crisis the world has faced since the Second World War.  And in a terrible echo of that war, in Mosul in Iraq, the Arabic letter for “n,” the first letter in the word “Nazarene”, was painted on doors to identify the homes of Christians who were then beaten or executed. How do we confront such evil? The West seeks to build a military alliance and send more bomber planes and drones to Syria and Iraq.  But further violence is never the answer. It will just lead to more ‘senseless slaughter’ in the words of Pope Benedict XV, describing the 1914-1918 Great War.  As we mark the centenary of that conflict, we also recall that Pope Benedict XV said at the time: “Force can repress the body, but it cannot repress the souls of men”. Pope Francis said last week, “War is never a necessity, nor is it inevitable. Another way can always be found: the way of dialogue, encounter and the sincere search for truth.” That is why we have come together. To find the other way. And we have on our side tools more powerful than any weapons. In a message to Arabic speaking pilgrims at the General Audience last Wednesday, Pope Francis said, “The Church faces hatred with love, defeats violence with forgiveness; responds to weapons with prayer.” For the Caritas confederation our first task is a humanitarian one. The challenge is staggering.  There are 13 million Syrians in desperate need, 3 million as refugees outside their country. Caritas Syria, Caritas Lebanon, Caritas Jordan and Caritas Turkey have been supported by the confederation to provide food, shelter, protection, schooling, health and counseling to over 900,000 Syrians since the conflict began. When Caritas Internationalis held its Representative Council meeting in Amman, Jordan in May, we had the opportunity to speak with Syrian and Iraqi refugees. I was struck both with their desire to go back home or to a third country and a great appreciation for the work of Caritas. In Gaza, an estimated 10,000 homes were destroyed this summer, along with 70 percent of factories and the main power plant. Caritas Jerusalem staff worked throughout the bombardment, providing food and health care to those in need.  Over 1.3 million Iraqis have been forced from their homes since the start of the year. They are often living out in the open, under trees or bridges. Caritas Iraq staff themselves were forced to flee, but they still have continued to provide aid to those in need.  Confronting crises on these fronts, one aim of our meeting this week is how to support national Caritas organisations and the local Church to provide ongoing care everywhere it is needed. As needs grow and resources shrink, we must coordinate better to ensure we help as many people as we are able. We must reach out to our Church members and partners to build alliances of good will.  We must also challenge the shortfalls in funding. Less than half of $7.7 billion worth of humanitarian appeals by the international community for the Syria crisis alone have been met. We must urge governments, in particular those who are fueling the wars or letting them develop, to stop their actions and to do more to ensure they support aid programmes.  Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey and other neighboring countries cannot be left to deal with the Syria and Iraq crises alone. And that also means other countries accept their fair share of refugees.  But that is not sufficient, humanitarian aid cannot solve the problems. We must engage with advocacy for peace. Conflicts in the Middle East are being fuelled by the guns, bombs and bullets that continue to flow into the region.  Countries, including those on the UN Security Council, are providing arms and ammunition and entertaining the wars and their consequences. Many of those shrinking from their responsibilities to provide humanitarian aid are among those providing the greatest number of arms. It seems there is not enough money for both, and political agendas come first before people.  Governments must agree to a total cessation of arms transfers to the Middle East countries engulfed by conflict. The Israeli blockade of Gaza is inhuman. It must end to allow Gazans to protect their lives and livelihoods and so they can live a dignified life.  The whole question of Palestine must at last be solved in justice. Israeli occupation must come to an end, and a manageable state of Palestine be recognised by Israel and the international community on the officially recognized borders of 1967.   His Beatitude Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, President of the Catholic Bishops Assembly in Iraq, speaks of the ‘extinction’ of Christians and Yezidis from lands they have lived in for millennia. The exodus of Christians from the Middle East and the collapse of pluralist societies is a great concern. It has huge consequences for the communities themselves, for their societies, for the whole world itself, but also for the future of the work of Caritas. Confronting this reality must be key to our meeting.   Peace in the Middle East must be based on justice for all peoples. It must not be imposed from outside, but achieved from within. We need inclusive regional talks.    “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare,” said Pope Francis to his guests – the Israeli and Palestinian Presidents Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas – as he welcomed them to his home in June for an Invocation for Peace in the Holy Land. As Pope Francis is inviting us to, let us reflect on how we can engage in an ongoing worldwide prayer for peace.  Join me in praying for courage and ideas for the best response, now and in the future, that our meeting will be fruitful and that we will one day witness a just and lasting peace in the Middle East.  (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 2 days 18 hours
(Vatican Radio) To the simple strains of a harp, twenty grooms made their way up the central nave of St Peter’s Basilica with their mothers, followed by twenty brides dressed in white accompanied by their fathers. All of the couples were from the diocese of Rome and had come to be married, on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, by the Pope himself. Listen to this report by Lydia O’Kane In his Homily, which preceded the Rite of Marriage, the Holy Father, taking his cue from the morning’s readings offered a real or non-fictional, as he called it, view of married life.  He said, that in the first reading from the Book of Numbers, we can imagine families led by Moses journeying through the desert. Families he noted, “are the first place in which we are formed as persons and, at the same time, the “bricks” for the building up of society.” But just like in Sunday’s liturgy, families and indeed spouses, the Pope said, can become “impatient on their journey of conjugal and family life. “The hardship of the journey he added, causes them to” experience interior weariness; they lose the flavour of matrimony and they cease to draw water from the well of the Sacrament.  Daily life becomes burdensome, even “nauseating”.” Pope Francis explained that the cure for those couples who have succumbed to the dangerous temptation of discouragement, infidelity, weakness, and  abandonment, is the love of Christ. It is that love, the Holy Father stressed, “which has blessed and sanctified the union of husband and wife, and is able to sustain their love and to renew it when, humanly speaking, it becomes lost, wounded or worn out.  The love of Christ, the Pope continued “can restore to spouses the joy of journeying together.”  This is what marriage is all about, he said, “a man and woman walking together, wherein the husband helps his wife to become ever more a woman, and wherein the woman has the task of helping her husband to become ever more a man.” He also underlined that marriage is a demanding journey, it is not “fiction”! “ It is the Sacrament of the love of Christ and the Church, a love which finds its proof and guarantee in the Cross.” He concluded his Homily with some advice to the couples, reiterating that if a couple argues they should never end the day without making peace with each other. With the attention again focused on the twenty couples seated before the Pope, each bride and groom exchanged wedding vows . Then in what was an emotional moment for many of them, they exchanged rings taken from a cushion embossed with Pope Francis’ coat of arms. As the celebration concluded there was a round of applause for the newlyweds as they made their way out of the Basilica to the sounds of an organ fanfare.  It was then on to the Vatican Gardens for those all-important photos from an unforgettable day in which they will be able to tell their children and grandchildren they were married by a Pope.   (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 2 days 19 hours
(Vatican Radio) The sixth meeting of the Council of Cardinals with Pope Francis began on Monday morning at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican. The Cardinals and the Pope are scheduled to continue their meeting until September 17. The Council of Cardinals was instituted by Pope Francis to assist in the governance of the universal Church and to draw up a plan for the revision of the apostolic constitution “Pastor bonus” on the Roman Curia. The Council – also known as the “Council of Nine” - has recently been enlarged to include Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin. Previous meetings took place from October 1-3, December 3-5, 2013, and February 28-30, April 1-4 and July 1-4 of this past year. (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 2 days 19 hours
(Vatican Radio) At a briefing today, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, announced details of Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Voyage in Europe. Pope Francis’ journey to Albania will be his fourth international voyage, and the first to European country outside of Italy. Listen to Christopher Wells' report:  Father Lombardi said one of the main reasons for the Pope’s visit was to honour the martyrs for the faith who lived in Albania, the victims of atheistic Communism. Albania, he noted, was considered the first officially atheistic state, with atheism formally enshrined in the constitution. Pope Francis himself, as he returned from his recent journey to Korea pointed out another motive for his visit: the desire to encourage interreligious coexistence. Albania, the only majority Muslim country in Europe, could offer a message of coexistence between different confessions and religions for other countries and other parts of the world. In his briefing, Father Lombardi also pointed to two significant figures for the voyage. Pope St John Paul II in 1993 was the first Pope to travel to Albania; during his voyage, he “practically re-established the [Catholic] hierarchy” in the country by ordaining four bishops in the Cathedral of Scudari. The other is Blessed Mother Teresa, one of the greatest figures of Albanian history. Mother Teresa, who was beatified by John Paul II, was present with that Pope during his visit to her country. “In Albania,” Father Lombardi said, “Mother Teresa is a national heroine, as well as a figure of extraordinary Christian holiness.” Although the Holy Father will be in Albania just one full day, his schedule will be very full. After meeting with the President and other civil authorities upon his arrival, he will preside at a solemn Mass in the Mother Teresa Square in the heart of Tirana. Pope Francis will then meet with the nation’s Bishops before heading to Tirana’s Catholic University for a meeting with leaders of the various Christian denominations and religious communities in Albania. The Pope will then go to Tirana’s cathedral where he will celebrate Vespers with priests, religious, seminarians, and members of lay movements. The day’s events will conclude with a journey to visit children at the Betania Centre, along with various people from other charitable centres in Albania. (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 2 days 20 hours
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis marked the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows during Monday morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, with a reflection on how Mary learned, obeyed and suffered at the foot of the Cross. The Holy Father said that in the liturgy of the day first we are shown the glorious Cross, then the meek ​​and humble Mother. In the Letter to the Hebrews, "Paul emphasizes three strong words": he says that Jesus "learned, obeyed and suffered". "It’s the opposite of what had happened to our father Adam, who did not want to learn what the Lord commanded, who did not want to suffer, or obey." Instead, even though Jesus is God, He "is annihilated, He humbled Himself and became a servant. This is the glory of the Cross of Jesus": "Jesus came into the world to learn how to be a man, and by being a man, walk with men. He came into the world to obey, and He obeyed. But he learned this obedience from suffering. Adam left Paradise with a promise, a promise that lasted for so many centuries. Today, through this obedience, this self-abnegation, this humiliation, through Jesus, that promise becomes hope. And the people of God walk with sure hope. Even the Mother, 'the New Eve', as Paul himself calls her, in order to participate in her Son’s journey, learned, suffered and obeyed. And thus she becomes Mother”. The Gospel shows us Mary at the foot of the Cross. Jesus says to John, "Behold your mother." Mary - the Pope said - "is anointed Mother" "And this is our hope. We are not orphans, we have Mothers: Mother Mary. But the Church is Mother and the Mother Church is anointed when it takes the same path of Jesus and Mary: the path of obedience, the path of suffering, and when she has that attitude of continually learning the path of the Lord. These two women - Mary and the Church - carry on the hope that is Christ, they give us Christ, they bring forth Christ in us. Without Mary, there would be no Jesus Christ; without the Church, we cannot go forward". "Two women and two mothers" - continued the Pope Francis - and next to them our soul, which in the words of Isaac, the abbot of Stella, is "feminine" and is like "Mary and the Church". "Today, looking at this woman by the Cross, steadfast in following her Son in His suffering to learn obedience, looking at her we see the Church and look at our Mother. And also, we look at our little soul that will never be lost, if it continues to be a woman close to these two great women who accompany us in life: Mary and the Church. And just as our fathers left Paradise with a promise, today we can go forward with a hope: the hope that our Mother Mary, steadfast at the Cross, and our Holy Mother, the hierarchical Church, give us. " (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 2 days 20 hours
(Vatican Radio) “We have yet to learn the lesson from the madness of war”, lamented Pope Francis Sunday as he launched two appeals following the midday Angelus prayer with faithful and tourists in St Peter’s Square. Emer McCarthy reports  Listen:  The Holy Father appealed for prayers for  the United Nations peace keeping mission to the Central African Republic.  The Pope noted the peacekeepers will begin their mission Monday and assured the support and prayer of the Catholic Church.  He also prayed that violence in the country give way to dialogue, that opposing factions leave aside particular interests and strive to ensure that every citizen, regardless of ethnicity or religion, collaborate to build up the common good. For the past two years, sectarian Christian and Muslim militias in CAR have been waging war against each other’s communities with horrific violence. Over 2,600 Central Africans have died, and nearly 1 million of the country’s 4.5 million residents have been displaced, creating an urgent humanitarian crisis. Yet although the country is teetering on the edge of complete chaos, the outside world is paying very little attention. It is one of the world’s forgotten wars.  Pope Francis has described the proliferation of such conflicts across the globe today, as a “third world war” in act.  Recalling his visit Saturday to a World War I military cemetery in Northern Italy , and the shocking number of people the Great War killed, the Pope repeated on Sunday that all war is madness and humanity has still not learned the lesson of this madness. He said "I invite everyone to look at the Crucified Christ to understand that hate and evil are defeated by forgiveness and good, to understand that the response of war only increases evil and death!". Marking the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Pope Francis said it is through the Cross of Christ that evil is overcome, death is defeated and hope is restored. The Cross to which Christ was nailed expresses all the negative forces of evil but also all of the gentle omnipotence of God’s mercy. The Pope also warned against considering the cross a sign of "magic":"Belief in the Cross of Jesus involves following Him on his path. Thus Christians collaborate in His work of salvation by accepting together with Him sacrifice, suffering, even death for the love of God and neighbor". It’s not just any cross, it is the source of our salvation. And today the Pope concluded – “we should pray for Christians who are being persecuted and killed because of their faith in Christ. This happens especially there where religious freedom is still not guaranteed or fully realized. It happens, however, even in well-to-do countries which, in principle, protect freedom and human rights, but where in practice believers, and especially Christians, encounter restrictions and discrimination” Appeals following the Angelus Prayer Dear brothers and sisters, tomorrow, the mission ordered by the Security Council of the United Nations will officially begin in the Central African Republic, to promote peace in the country and protect the civilian population, which is seriously suffering the consequences of the ongoing conflict. While I assure the commitment and prayer of the Catholic Church, I encourage the efforts of the international community, which is coming to the aid of the Central Africans of good will. May violence give way to dialogue, opposing factions leave aside particular interests and strive to ensure that every citizen, regardless of ethnicity or religion, can collaborate to build up the common good. Yesterday I went to Redipuglia to the Austrian-Hungarian cemetery and the Military Shrine…there I prayed for those who died in the Great War. The numbers are shocking, they speak of over 8 million young soldiers who fell and an estimated 7 million civilians.  This makes us understand that war is madness, and humanity has yet to learn the lessons from this madness! Because after this war, there was another world war and so many more still going on today.  But when will we learn? When will we learn this lesson? I invite everyone to look at the Crucified Christ to understand that hate and evil are defeated by forgiveness and good, to understand that the response of war only increases evil and death!   (From archive of Vatican Radio)... 2 days 20 hours
Houve tantas reclamações sobre as homilias (os sermões da missa), a ponto de o papa Francisco dedicar ao problema quase 22 páginas da exortação Evangelii Gaudium. De fato, o vigário de Cristo é taxativo ao explicar o motivo pelo qual resolveu ensinar como se faz uma boa homilia: “Deter-me-ei particularmente, e até ... 2 days 21 hours
Os Jovens Promotores da Vida, grupo vinculado à Comissão de Bioética e Defesa da Vida da Arquidiocese de Brasília, lançaram neste sábado, 13 de setembro, a Cartilha Jovem para as Eleições 2014.   Alinhada às Orientações Pastorais – Eleições 2014, da Arquidiocese de Brasília, divulgadas em agosto, a cartilha destaca... 2 days 22 hours
“Ele nos deixa uma mensagem: Faça tudo o que puder para proteger o domingo! Mostre que ele não pode ser um dia de trabalho, pois é comemorado como o dia do Senhor”, assim falou João Paulo II acerca de Antonio Maria Schwartz, o “apóstolo trabalhador” que nasceu em Baden na Áustria no dia 28 de fevereiro de 1852.  Fi... 2 days 22 hours
Todos sabem  que  uma das tarefas dos Papas é de confirmar os fieis na fé, isto é: ao Papa pertence o “múnus magisterii”,  “a missão de ensinar”. É por isso que os Papas escrevem Cartas encíclicas e outros documentos.  Papa Francisco neste ano e meio do seu pontificado escreveu só dois documentos. O primeiro é ... 2 days 22 hours
Está online desde ontem o www.popefrancissrilanka.com,  site oficial da visita do Papa Francisco ao Sri Lanka, prevista para os dias 13, 14 e 15 de janeiro. As novidades sobre os preparativos para a visita estão disponíveis também em inglês. O site oferece uma biografia e algumas fotos do Santo Padre e também inf... 2 days 22 hours

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Catholic schools in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, will maintain their own educational standards, rather than adopting the Common Core standards, the diocese has confirmed. After ... 16 hours 1 min
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Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2014 / 05:58 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- President Barack Obama's announcement of personnel and other aid to combat the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa drew praise from relief workers involved in the region.

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Des Moines, Iowa, Sep 17, 2014 / 05:35 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Holy Spirit's inspiration can strike at the most unexpected times - like while running on a treadmill.

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Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2014 / 03:34 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was "a monumental step forward" for human dignity, but continued work is necessary to fight the "destructive influence of racism," said the head of the U.S. bishops' conference.

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Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2014 / 02:51 pm (EWTN News).- An organization working to raise awareness about persecuted minorities voiced gratitude for a meeting between Middle Eastern Christian patriarchs and U.S. President Barack Obama last week.

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Vatican City, Sep 16, 2014 / 09:31 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis' upcoming Albanian visit will highlight Mother Teresa, honor the martyrs of Albania's atheistic past, and suggest the country's potential as a model for religious coexistence.

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Rome, Italy, Sep 16, 2014 / 05:31 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The preparatory catechesis document for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is a "wonderful" work that addresses Catholic family issues from a global context, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said.

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Havana, Cuba, Sep 16, 2014 / 04:40 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Church in Cuba recently unveiled its pastoral plan for 2014-2020, which will encourage the faithful to engage in evangelization and respond to the call of Pope Francis.
 
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Bangui, Central African Republic, Sep 16, 2014 / 03:28 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Thousands more people have died in ongoing violence in the Central African Republic since December, and many more of the dead may never be counted, new estimates suggest.

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Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2014 / 03:02 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pro-life groups have responded forcefully to a new report finding that despite promises from President Barack Obama, more than 1,000 health care plans under the Affordable Care Act cover abortion.

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Leeds, United Kingdom, Sep 16, 2014 / 01:15 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Msgr. Marcus Stock, who was appointed Monday as Bishop of Leeds, England, has said in a message to his new flock that his motto as a bishop will be taken from Christ's words at the Last Supper, "I have longed and longed to be with you."

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Vatican City, Sep 16, 2014 / 01:06 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis on Tuesday focused on the importance of giving hope to the world by imitating Jesus Christ's closeness to God's people.

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Vatican City, Sep 15, 2014 / 10:40 am (EWTN News/CNA).- There are no plans to increase security for Pope Francis' Sept. 21 trip to Albania despite new reports of a potential threat by Islamic militants, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Monday.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sep 15, 2014 / 09:04 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The annual "Day for the Sick" held by the Archdiocese of Colombo recently drew more than 5,000 Sri Lankan faithful to the Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka for a service led the Cardinal Ranjith. 2 days 21 hours
Portland, Maine, Sep 15, 2014 / 07:59 am (EWTN News).- Following the threat of legal action, a state government agency has decided not to sustain a "do not resuscitate" order on an injured baby girl against the will of her parents.

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WASHINGTON—In a statement to mark Respect Life Month, October 2014, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., of Boston called for “community and solidarity” as an antidote to threats against life. Cardinal O’Malley chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The Cardinal’s statement launches this year’s Respect Life Program, with the theme, “Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation.” This year’s theme echoes Pope Francis’ message during his 2013 Day for Life greeting. “Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect,” Pope Francis said.

“We want to be part of a society that makes affirmation and protection of human rights its primary objective and its boast,” Cardinal O’Malley said in his statement. “Yet to women faced with an unexpected pregnancy, abortion is often presented as their only ‘choice.’ A large percentage of children pre-diagnosed as having Down syndrome are never given the chance to live outside their mothers’ wombs. Elderly members of our families fear they will become burdensome and seek physician-assisted suicide. We see these and many more of our brothers and sisters pushed to the periphery.”

Cardinal O’Malley called for “community and solidarity” as an antidote to the individualism behind these and other such threats. “We must ask the Lord for the grace to see ourselves and others as he sees us—as masterpieces of his creation,” he said.

Begun in 1972, the Respect Life Program stresses the value and dignity of human life. It is observed in Catholic dioceses throughout the United States. In addition to new prayers and other resources, the 2014-15 Respect Life Program features six articles highlighting the respect due to each person as a “masterpiece of God’s creation.” A variety of topics is treated: ad...
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WASHINGTON—A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) “confirms the U.S. bishops’ longstanding concern about abortion coverage” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), said Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The report, “Health Insurance Exchanges: Coverage of Non-excepted Abortion Services by Qualified Health Plans,” was issued by the GAO, an independent reviewing agency of the U.S. government, on September 15.  

Despite repeated claims by President Obama and other supporters that the ACA would not promote abortion, the report identified over a thousand health plans eligible for federal premium subsidies that cover elective abortions. On five state exchanges, every plan covers such abortions in 2014; in another three large states, 95 to 98 percent of the plans do so. The Act’s alleged requirements regulating abortion coverage do not exist or are widely ignored. Many health plans do not inform enrollees about their inclusion of abortion coverage; they do not tell them how much they are being charged for such coverage; and they do not charge a “separate payment” for abortions that is distinct from the premium payment eligible for federal tax subsidies. While state insurance departments are supposedly tasked by the federal government with ensuring that these health plans maintain segregated accounts for abortion funds to keep them separate from federal funds, the report indicates that this is not taking place.

“This report confirms the U.S. bishops’ longstanding concern about abortion coverage that we raised both before and after enactment of the Affordable Care Act by Congress,” said Cardinal O’Malley. “Surveys have shown that most Americans do not want elective abortion in their health coverage, and do not want their tax dollars to fund abortions. Their wishes are not being followed, and it can be difficult or impossible for them to fin...
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WASHINGTON—The chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska; the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami; and the President of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Brother Robert Bimonte, welcome the legislative agreement reached by a bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders on Friday to improve and reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act.  

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) provides funds to states to assist low-income families or those receiving assistance, in obtaining child care while parents work or participate in educational job training. A vast majority of recipients who receive CCDBG support do so through certificates which allow parents to choose the child care provider and program of their choice. The program has not been reauthorized since 1996.

“This is wonderful news and a testament to what can be achieved when we put the needs of parents and children first,” Archbishop Lucas said. “This legislative agreement also appropriately reaffirms the importance and pre-eminence of the child care certificates as the bedrock parental choice component of the program and acknowledges the critical role that Catholic and other faith-based providers play in this program.”

“The members of Congress, in this agreement, strengthen a program that has worked well over the last two decades and continues to provide low-income working families with the child care assistance they need, from the provider they choose. Child care is increasingly important for family stability, as well as finding and keeping decent work,” said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

“The success of the CCDBG program and the flexibility it provides to low-income families to choose the child-care program which bes...
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