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Catholic World News will be closed on Thursday, November 26-- Thanksgiving Day-- and on the Friday that follows, November 27. Apart from the possibility of special news bulletins, no ... 35 min 25 sec
The Islamic State has released 10 Assyrian Christians from a much larger group of hostages, the AsiaNews service reports. More than 200 Assyrian Christians were seized in February when ... 15 hours 32 min
Pope Francis has confirmed that he will visit Mexico in February, and make a stop at the American border. During his flight from Rome to Nairobi, at the start of a 6-day visit to ... 15 hours 38 min
Pope Francis arrived in Nairobi, Kenya on November 25 to begin a 6-day visit to Africa. In his first major address on African soil, the Pope called for cooperative action to raise ... 15 hours 45 min
Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the Capuchin Franciscan friar who has served as preacher to the papal household since 1980, was invited to preach a sermon at the General Synod of the Church ... 1 day 1 hour
The bishops of the northern Belgian region of Flanders have asked forgiveness for the role of Catholic institutions in forcing unmarried women to give their children up for adoption during ... 1 day 1 hour
US Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Rome and meet with Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, on November 27. Biden is also scheduled ... 1 day 1 hour
The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has issued a statement welcoming Pope Francis to Africa. The Pontiff’s apostolic journey to Kenya, Uganda, ... 1 day 2 hours
Addressing both houses of the Russian parliament, a leading Russian Orthodox official said that “the whole world community must unite in the struggle against ... 1 day 2 hours
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration & Refugee Services office has urged Catholics to contact members of Congress and governors on behalf of Syrian refugee ... 1 day 2 hours
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America recently granted over $3.3 million to 191 projects to assist the work of the Church in ... 1 day 3 hours
In a homily preached a week before the beginning of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois warned against two ecological ... 1 day 3 hours
A Spanish artist says that he stole more than 200 consecrated Hosts, which he has arranged in an exhibition in Pamplona. Abel Azcona says that he pretended to receive Communion, stored ... 1 day 14 hours
Pope Francis has appointed Gian Franco Mammi as director-general of the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR). The Pope paid a visit to the offices of the IOR on ... 1 day 14 hours
At a first hearing on November 24, a Vatican court rejected a motion to dismiss criminal charges against a journalist who published leaked confidential documents. Emiliano Fittipaldi, ... 1 day 14 hours
An Australian theologian, Paul McGavin, has proposed a way in which Pope Francis could give practical form to the "Kasper proposal," allowing some divorced and remarried Catholics to ... 1 day 15 hours
Two million people are expected to attend a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the shrine of the Ugandan martyrs in Uganda on Saturday, November 28. The shrine in Kampala, and the roads ... 1 day 18 hours
The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have issued a public request that the Vatican change the prayer for the Jews said on Good Friday in the Extraordinary Form liturgy. The prayer, ... 1 day 19 hours
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, 63, as Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, the ecclesial structure in the United States ... 2 days 45 min
Speaking at a conference in Pozzallo, Sicily, the president of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People said on November 22 that “today there is an ... 2 days 1 hour
A papyrus fragment of St. John’s Gospel has been listed on eBay. The fragment, which dates from the late third or early fourth century, was discovered in the papers of Harold ... 2 days 2 hours
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, paid tribute to the Helsinki Accords four decades after they were signed. Signatories, including the United States, the ... 2 days 2 hours
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has published an interview with two priests and three religious sisters who serve in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. “Living conditions are ... 2 days 2 hours
On November 25, Pope Francis will begin a six-day apostolic journey to Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic. Kenya’s government has declared November 26 a national day ... 2 days 3 hours
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has criticized the Vatican for bringing criminal charges against journalists in connection with the publication of confidential ... 2 days 13 hours
Movie theaters in England will not allow the showing of a short public-service announcement promoting prayer, because of fears that the advertisement might offend some filmgoers. The ... 2 days 13 hours
An Australian commission investigating sexual abuse will allow lawyers for Cardinal George Pell to question witnesses who have charged that the cardinal concealed evidence of clerical ... 2 days 15 hours
The Vatican's chief spokesman has expressed his "utmost confidence" in plans by Italian security officials to safeguard pilgrims during the coming Jubilee Year of Mercy. Father Federico ... 2 days 15 hours

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(Vatican Radio) On the first full day of his visit to Kenya, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at Nairobi University. During his homily, which he gave on a specially constructed alter on the campus grounds, the Pope stressed the importance of the family noting that, "Kenyan society has long been blessed with strong family life, a deep respect for the wisdom of the elderly and love for children.  The health of any society depends on the health of its families." The Holy Father also had a special appeal for the young people of Kenya, saying, " I appeal in a special way to the young people of the nation.  Let the great values of Africa’s traditions, the wisdom and truth of God’s word, and the generous idealism of your youth guide you in working to shape a society which is ever more just, inclusive and respectful of human dignity.  May you always be concerned for the needs of the poor, and reject everything that leads to prejudice and discrimination, for these things, we know, are not of God." The Pope urged the those gathered at the Mass, to  “Stand strong in faith! and not to be afraid, telling them that the Lord  "asks us to be missionary disciples, men and women who radiate the truth, beauty and life-changing power of the Gospel."   The head of Vatican Radio's English Africa section, Fr. Paul Samasumo is with Pope Francis in Africa and sent this report on the Mass. Listen:  Not even the rains could dampen the mood of Kenyans. Throngs of Catholics and non-Catholics started gathering at the Nairobi university Campus as early as 3 am in the morning, in order to have a good view of proceedings. The Mass started at 10 am and lasted roughly an hour and forty five minutes. Pope Francis looked mesmerised by the energetic choreography of the children as they performed  the liturgical dance at various parts of the Mass. The choir was on its feet throughout the Mass. It was a choir of children, the youth and elderly. Kenyan media said that the three hundred thousand capacity Nairobi University campus grounds was filled and overflowing.  Thousands other Kenyans lined up the streets in the vicinity awaiting a glimpse of Pope Francis. In a country where one out of every three persons is a baptised Catholic, this is understandable. The Government honoured the day by declaring a public holiday. During the Mass, Pope Francis demonstrated a certain proficiency in the English language never before witnessed. He confidently celebrated the entire Mass with little hesitation. At the end of the homily, Pope Francis even blessed Kenyans in KiSwahili telling Kenyans not to be afraid. “Stand strong in faith. Do not to fear anything… Mungu abariki Kenya,” May God bless Kenya, he said. Travelling on the Apostolic journey with Pope Francis in Africa, I am Fr. Paul Samasumo.    (from Vatican Radio)... 1 hour 3 min
Pope Francis met Thursday with the leaders of various fairth groups in Nairobi as part of his pastoral visit to Africa. Please find below the full English text of the address which was delivered in Italian: Address of His Holiness Pope Francis at the Ecumenical and Interreligious Meeting Apostolic Nunciature, Nairobi Thursday 26 November 2015 Dear Friends, I am grateful for your presence this morning and for the opportunity to share these moments of reflection with you.  In a particular way, I wish to thank Archbishop Wabukala and Professor El-Busaidy for their words of welcome offered on your behalf, and on behalf of their communities.  It is always important to me that, when I come to visit the Catholic faithful of a local Church, I have an occasion to meet the leaders of other Christian communities and religious traditions.  It is my hope that our time together may be a sign of the Church’s esteem for the followers of all religions; may it strengthen the bonds of friendship which we already enjoy. To be honest, this relationship is challenging; it makes demands of us.  Yet ecumenical and interreligious dialogue is not a luxury.  It is not something extra or optional, but essential, something which our world, wounded by conflict and division, increasingly needs.  Indeed, religious beliefs and practice condition who we are and how we understand the world around us.  They are for us a source of enlightenment, wisdom and solidarity, and thus enrich the societies in which we live.  By caring for the spiritual growth of our communities, by forming minds and hearts in the truths and values taught by our religious traditions, we become a blessing to the communities in which our people live.  In democratic and pluralistic societies like Kenya, cooperation between religious leaders and communities becomes an important service to the common good. In this light, and in an increasingly interdependent world, we see ever more clearly the need for interreligious understanding, friendship and collaboration in defending the God-given dignity of individuals and peoples, and their right to live in freedom and happiness.  By upholding respect for that dignity and those rights, the religions play an essential role in forming consciences, instilling in the young the profound spiritual values of our respective traditions, and training good citizens, capable of infusing civil society with honesty, integrity and a world view which values the human person over power and material gain. Here I think of the importance of our common conviction that the God whom we seek to serve is a God of peace.  His holy Name must never be used to justify hatred and violence.  I know that the barbarous attacks on Westgate Mall, Garissa University College and Mandera are fresh in your minds.  All too often, young people are being radicalized in the name of religion to sow discord and fear, and to tear at the very fabric of our societies.  How important it is that we be seen as prophets of peace, peacemakers who invite others to live in peace, harmony and mutual respect!  May the Almighty touch the hearts of those who engage in this violence, and grant his peace to our families and communities. Dear friends, this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, at which the Catholic Church committed herself to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue in the service of understanding and friendship.  I wish to reaffirm this commitment, which is born of our conviction of the universality of God’s love and the salvation which he offers to all.  The world rightly expects believers to work together with people of good will in facing the many problems affecting our human family.  As we look to the future, let us pray that all men and women will see themselves as brothers and sisters, peacefully united in and through our differences.  Let us pray for peace! I thank you for your attention, and I ask Almighty God to grant to you and your communities his abundant blessings. (from Vatican Radio)... 4 hours 32 min
(Vatican Radio) After a brief but vibrant welcome ceremony at the airport and a private colloquium with Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta, Pope Francis immediately delivered a wide ranging and hard-hitting discourse to political and civil authorities and to members of the diplomatic corps, a discourse that – as Holy See Press Office Director Father Lombardi pointed out during the evening media briefing – was really a discourse to all the people of Kenya. It contained many of the themes that he is expected to address during this 6-day African journey. It featured his concern for the youth who represent the future and are – he said – the most valuable resource of the nation; it highlighted his belief that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of poverty and frustration; it voiced his appeal to men and women of goodwill and to political leaders to work for reconciliation, peace, forgiveness and healing; and - above all – it spoke of the grave environmental crisis facing our world and of the urgent need to take responsibility for creation and to exercise a just stewardship of the gifts we have received. Afterwards, as he travelled in an open pope-mobile to the Nairobi Nunciature to rest for the night, he was blessed by the opening of the African skies and a downpour fit for a Pope. His first appointment on Thursday morning was an ecumenical and interreligious meeting. It was a particularly important moment in a nation as multi-cultural as is Kenya and where different religious communities and religions play a pivotal role in shaping a peaceful, free and democratic society. To the leaders of different Christian confessions and other faiths he reiterated his firm belief that religions play an essential role in forming consciences, instilling profound spiritual values and training good citizens dedicated to the common good. He also recalled the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and reaffirmed the Church’s commitment to ecumenical and interreligious dialogue in the service of understanding and friendship. "As we look to the future," Pope Francis concluded, "let us pray that all men and women will see themselves as brothers and sisters, peacefully united in and through our differences." “Let us pray for peace!” Listen: (Linda Bordoni is reporting from Nairobi.)   (from Vatican Radio)... 4 hours 51 min
Num trecho bastante profético da obra “Cem Anos de Solidão”, Gabriel Garcia Marquez conta o caso da “doença da insônia” que assolou, em determinado momento, o povoado de Macondo, centro das desventuras que conta neste livro. Esta doença impedia as pessoas de dormirem, o que, num primeiro momento, pareceu uma bênção... 17 hours 30 min
Vinte e um tiros de canhão saudaram a chegada do Papa Francisco no Quênia, primeira etapa da sua 11ª viagem apostólica na África. Entre cantos e danças – típica manifestação de alegria do povo africano – o Pontífice foi acolhido na sua chegada, às 18h, pelo presidente da República, Uhuru Kenyatta, que o acompanhou ... 17 hours 37 min
Para o cardeal Robert Sarah, foi uma espécie de agradecimento ao santo a quem ele tinha confiado a preparação da sua mais recente publicação. Ontem à noite, alguns meses depois do lançamento de “Deus ou nada – Conversa sobre a Fé”, o prefeito da Congregação para o Culto Divino e para a Disciplina dos Sacramentos ap... 17 hours 39 min
Será realizada no dia 9 de dezembro, em Estrasburgo, a audiência da Grande Chambre, a instância suprema da Corte Europeia dos Direitos Humanos, sobre o processo “Paradiso Campanelli” contra o Estado italiano. Se a sentença confirmar a decisão tomada pelo tribunal em 27 de janeiro, o risco é que se abram as portas p... 17 hours 39 min
(Vatican Radio) Following a twenty-one gun salute, Pope Francis addressed the President of Kenya and other authorities at Nairobi State House on Wednesday afternoon.  The Holy Father said he was looking forward to his stay, especially meeting the young people of Kenya and “encouraging their hopes and aspirations for the future”. Click below to hear the Holy Father's address, delivered in English The Pope proceeded to urge the entire Kenyan people to “work with integrity and transparency for the common good, and to foster a spirit of solidarity at every level of society”, asking them to hold particular concern for the poor, the young and to handle their natural and human resources responsibly.  He concluded by speaking about a Kenyan tradition where young children plant trees for posterity: “may this eloquent sign of hope in the future… sustain all of you…”. Please find below the full text of Pope Francis’ prepared remarks for his address to the authorities and the Diplomatic Corps at the State House in Nairobi on Wednesday 25th November 2015 ***************************************************** Mr President, Honourable Government and Civil Leaders, Distinguished Members of the Diplomatic Corps, My Brother Bishops, Ladies and Gentlemen,             I am most grateful for your warm welcome on this, my first visit to Africa.  I thank you, Mr President, for your kind words in the name of the Kenyan people, and I look forward to my stay among you.  Kenya is a young and vibrant nation, a richly diverse society which plays a significant role in the region.  In many ways your experience of shaping a democracy is one shared by many other African nations.  Like Kenya, they too are working to build, on the solid foundations of mutual respect, dialogue and cooperation, a multiethnic society which is truly harmonious, just and inclusive.             Yours too is a nation of young people.  In these days, I look forward to meeting many of them, speaking with them, and encouraging their hopes and aspirations for the future.  The young are any nation’s most valuable resource.  To protect them, to invest in them and to offer them a helping hand, is the best way we can ensure a future worthy of the wisdom and spiritual values dear to their elders, values which are the very heart and soul of a people.             Kenya has been blessed not only with immense beauty, in its mountains, rivers and lakes, its forests, savannahs and semi-deserts, but also by an abundance of natural resources.  The Kenyan people have a strong appreciation of these God-given treasures and are known for a culture of conservation which does you honour.  The grave environmental crisis facing our world demands an ever greater sensitivity to the relationship between human beings and nature.  We have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations, and an obligation to exercise a just stewardship of the gifts we have received.  These values are deeply rooted in the African soul.  In a world which continues to exploit rather than protect our common home, they must inspire the efforts of national leaders to promote responsible models of economic development.             In effect, there is a clear link between the protection of nature and the building of a just and equitable social order.  There can be no renewal of our relationship with nature, without a renewal of humanity itself (cf. Laudato Si’, 118).  To the extent that our societies experience divisions, whether ethnic, religious or economic, all men and women of good will are called to work for reconciliation and peace, forgiveness and healing.  In the work of building a sound democratic order, strengthening cohesion and integration, tolerance and respect for others, the pursuit of the common good must be a primary goal.  Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of poverty and frustration.  Ultimately, the struggle against these enemies of peace and prosperity must be carried on by men and women who fearlessly believe in, and bear honest witness to, the great spiritual and political values which inspired the birth of the nation.             Ladies and Gentlemen, the advancement and preservation of these great values is entrusted in a special way to you, the leaders of your country’s political, cultural and economic life.  This is a great responsibility, a true calling, in the service of the entire Kenyan people.  The Gospel tells us that from those to whom much has been given, much will be demanded (Lk 12:48).  In that spirit, I encourage you to work with integrity and transparency for the common good, and to foster a spirit of solidarity at every level of society.  I ask you in particular to show genuine concern for the needs of the poor, the aspirations of the young, and a just distribution of the natural and human resources with which the Creator has blessed your country.  I assure you of the continued efforts of the Catholic community, through its educational and charitable works, to offer its specific contribution in these areas.             Dear friends, I am told that here in Kenya it is a tradition for young schoolchildren to plant trees for posterity.  May this eloquent sign of hope in the future, and trust in the growth which God gives, sustain all of you in your efforts to cultivate a society of solidarity, justice and peace on the soil of this country and throughout the great African continent.  I thank you once more for your warm welcome, and upon you and your families, and all the beloved Kenyan people, I invoke the Lord’s abundant blessings.             Mungu abariki Kenya!                       God bless Kenya!   (from Vatican Radio)... 19 hours 14 min
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis gave a drawing by architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini, of the project for the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, to the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, on Wednesday. The Holy Father conveyed the present during the course of his meeting with Kenyatta in Kenya, at the beginning of a three-country visit to the continent of Africa that is to include Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic. Below, please find the official description of the drawing ************************************************* Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Naples 1598 – Rome 1680) Project for the Bell towers of St. Peter’s Basilica Pen and wash drawing in brown and gray on ivory paper 1645 The accurate drawing, identified as an autograph of Bernini by Brauer and Wittkower in 1931, depicts the project for the façade of the Basilica of St. Peter according to the idea of Carlo Maderno, but with the variation of two tall bell towers that departed directly from the ground. The final project by Maderno called for two bell towers at the two extremities of the façade, but positioned at the height of the base of the drum of the dome. The execution of the work was assigned to Bernini who began around 1637. In 1641, upon completion of the first bell tower, it was necessary to partially demolish it for reasons of statics. The artist was bitterly criticized for having underestimated the risks and endangering the entire Basilica. The disappointment was such that he fell ill, also for fear of losing the trust of the Pontiff. In 1646, under Pope Innocent X Pamphili, a special Congregation of Cardinals was instituted to face the problem of the façade, and the greatest architects present in Rome were called upon to present their proposals. In spite of the efforts undertaken, the graphic documentation and the engravings that pictured the façade with the bell towers, these were no longer executed and, in 1646, with the parts of Bernini’s first bell tower extant, they were completely demolished. These projects are for the most part today kept in the Vatican Apostolic Library, under the codice from which this present sheet was drawn. (from Vatican Radio)... 19 hours 14 min
(Vatican Radio) “It is quite an exciting moment for us. The Holy Father is coming for the first time to Africa, and he chose Kenya as his entrance door.” Ahead of Pope Francis’ arrival in Nairobi on Wednesday, Kenyans shared their hopes and expectations for the papal visit. Lily Mugombozi is a journalist working for New City Africa, the magazine of the Focolare movement, and will be following every moment of the Pope’s journey.  Just like any other person in this country, I really feel blessed and privileged. She spoke with Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni. Listen:  “I think God has great things for us,” she said. “First of all, we see Pope Francis as a leader of the world, not only for Catholics, and this is really striking. Last Saturday I participated in a radio program, where some youth were introducing what they are doing, what their preparations for the Holy Father entail. And during the call-in program I was very struck by non-Catholics who were calling in the studio to assure their support for the Holy Father, their joy, and some were saying the Holy Father is a Father to everyone, not only to Catholics.” Another issue, she said is reconciliation. Mugombozi noted that Pope Francis emphasized the message of reconciliation in his video message to the people of Kenya and Uganda. “I watched his message on Youtube, and he really stresses this, that he hopes that his presence among us will also be a sign of reconciliation. He will speak of reconciliation, and we really do need this in Kenya.” She said she expects the Pope’s message of reconciliation and peace will remain even after Pope Francis concludes his visit.  (from Vatican Radio)... 19 hours 30 min
(Vatican Radio) A well-researched article in the Kenyan daily press gives an accurate “dress-down” of some of the garments you would find in Pope Francis’ wardrobe. What it doesn’t mention is that here in Kenya all of his vestments and a beautiful rosary made of beads have been prepared by a group of sisters and women who work in an income-generating facility in Kangemi slum called “Dolly Craft”. Click below to hear the report from Vatican Radio's special envoy in Kenya, Linda Bordoni The sewery – which gets its name from its initial project of making African dolls –  is operated by the Jesuit-run St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Kangemi slum. It has been working full steam to prepare the vestments not only for Pope Francis, but also for all the priests and bishops who will be celebrating Mass here in Nairobi. One of the priests at the Parish told me that for their special project, the women took design samples they made to the bishops in charge of the preparations for Pope Francis’ visit. The bishops approved the designs and gave the women a logo to include on the three vestments. He explained the women designed three garments for the pope's main functions while he's in Kenya: a simple white ankle-length alb, a classic golden sleeveless chasuble, and a white chasuble embroidered with a Maasai tribe design in coloured beads which have been hand-woven into the cloth itself. The women working on the project – he said – were overjoyed to be playing such a tangible part in Pope Francis’ visit and have been working around the clock to make sure the vestments were ready in time. “It feels so good”, Alice Wanjiru, a single mother of two boys who works at the project  told a local newspaper:  “It is my first time and probably my last to make a garment for a Pope. . . . and very few people get a chance like this. The pope – she said - is a big person to wear what has been made with my hands. I can already feel the blessings”. (from Vatican Radio)... 19 hours 36 min
"A Europa é muito forte e, junto com os Estados Unidos da América, conseguirá transmitir segurança à Europa, e, ao mesmo tempo, à Polônia, não só durante a JMJ, mas também durante o próximo campeonato europeu de futebol na França”. Quem fala dessa certeza é o cardeal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Metropolita de Cracóvia, conf... 19 hours 45 min
Com a chegada do Papa Francisco no Quênia, mons Anthony Muheria, bispo de uma diocese localizada a 180 quilômetros de Nairobi, explica quais são as expectativas da sociedade e da Igreja do Quênia perante esta primeira viagem do Pontífice à África. Mons. Muheria diagnostica a pobreza, a corrupção e o tribalismo como... 19 hours 54 min
O Papa Francisco chegou a África. O Airbus 330 da Alitalia que o levou ao Quênia aterrizou às 17h, hora local, 12h de Brasília, no aeroporto “Jomo Kenyatta" de Nairobi. No avião, o Papa cumprimentou um por um os 75 jornalistas que o acompanhavam no vôo papal, e indicou seu desejo de que a viagem apostólica "dê o... 20 hours 35 min
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has arrived in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi where he was welcomed by the nation’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, by local religious leaders and by crowds of singing, dancing well-wishers. The papal plane touched down at 4.30 local time, ahead of schedule. After signing a visitor’s book, the Pope met privately with the President at the airport for a few minutes before being taken by car to the State House for an official welcome ceremony. Pope Francis is the third pontiff to visit the East African nation, following in the footsteps of his predecessor John Paul II who travelled to the country three times in 1980, 1985 and 1995. (from Vatican Radio)... 20 hours 57 min
O cardeal espanhol Lluís Martínez Sistach pediu nesta segunda-feira que a Cúpula do Clima, que acontece em Paris de 30 de novembro a 11 de dezembro, sirva para “superar os interesses nacionais” e priorizar o bem comum. Durante uma conferência sobre a última carta encíclica do papa Francisco, a Laudato Si’, o car... 21 hours 9 min
Mosteiro de Santa Catarina, Sinai, Egito

A jovem muito bela e sábia foi martirizada em novembro de 305  

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Catarina era considerada uma jovem muito bela e sábia, filha de nobres, nascida cidade egípcia de Alexandria por volta de 287. Venerada como santa da Igreja Católica e da Igreja Ortodoxa. Em 305 um imperador realiza grandes celebrações em sua honra em Alexandria. Algumas fontes dizem tratar-se do romano Massenzi... 21 hours 36 min
Vatican City, 25 November 2015 (VIS) – This morning the Holy Father departed for Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, on the eleventh apostolic trip of his papacy. At 7.15 a.m., before leaving for Rome's Fiumicino airport, he received in the Domus Sanctae Marthae eleven women and six children from a Refuge House for victims of domestic violence and trafficking for the purposes of prostitution, according to the Apostolic Almoner. The women were Italian, Nigerian, Romanian and Ukrainian, and are housed in a structure managed by a religious congregation in a village in the Lazio region. Following the audience, the Pope travelled by car to Fiumicino where he departed for Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, where he is expected to arrive shortly after 3 p.m. (Rome), 5 p.m. local time. He will be received by the president of the Republic, Uhuru Kenyatta, and by the cardinal archbishop of Nairobi John Njue, along with the president of the Episcopal Conference Bishop Philip A. Anyolo and other representatives of the episcopate. He will then transfer to the State House of Nairobi, where the welcome ceremony and courtesy visit to President Uhuru Kenyatta will take place. Subsequently, in the garden of the State House, he will meet with the authorities and the diplomatic corps, along with other figures from the political, economic and cultural spheres, after which he will pronounce his first discourse on African soil.... 22 hours 22 min
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Ao menos 12 pessoas morreram e outras 17 ficaram feridas nesta terça-feira (24), durante ataque ao ônibus da Guarda Presidencial na Avenida Mohammed V, na capital da Tunísia, uma das principais vias da cidade que neste momento está cercada por policiais. A maioria das vítimas são agentes da guarda presidencial, com... 23 hours 27 min
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Antes de sua viagem à África, o Santo Padre saudou em Santa Marta 11 mulheres e 6 crianças

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O Papa Francisco, antes de se dirigir ao aeroporto para embarcar rumo à África, recebeu em Santa Marta um grupo de mulheres vítimas de violência. Precisamente no Dia Internacional pela Eliminação da Violência contra as Mulheres, 25 de novembro, o Santo Padre se encontrou com onze mulheres e seis crianças moradoras ... 23 hours 52 min
(Vatican Radio)  Before leaving for his Apostolic Journey to Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic on Wednesday, Pope Francis received a visit at the Casa Santa Marta from several residents of a shelter for victims of domestic violence. The 11 women and 6 children were victims of domestic violence or in danger of being forced into prostitution and are staying in a shelter home run by a religious congregation for their safety. The women and children greeted the Holy Father just before he departed the Vatican for Rome’s Fiumicino Airport. (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 10 min
Às 8:01 desta manhã decolou do Aeroporto de Roma, Fiumicino, o Airbus A330-200 da Alitalia "Giotto", que levará o Papa Francisco ao Quênia, primeira etapa da viagem apostólica na qual visitará também Uganda e a República Centro Africana. A chegada no aeroporto internacional Jomo Kenyatta de Nairobi está prevista pa... 1 day 1 hour
Pope Francis boards an airplane at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport, 25 november 2015

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(Vatican Radio)   Pope Francis has departed from Rome's Fiumicino Airport amid tight security and is scheduled to arrive in Kenya on Wednesday afternoon at the beginning of his six-day Apostolic Visit to three African Nations. Linda Bordoni is in Nairobi awaiting the Pope and sent us this report: Day one of Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Kenya begins at five pm Nairobi time on Wednesday when he touches down at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – named after Kenya’s first President, the much beloved and respected  founding father of the Kenyan nation. Kenya’s current President – Uhuru (which by the way means “freedom” in Swahili) and is Jomo Kenyatta’s son – will be on the tarmac to meet the Pope together with Nairobi archbishop, Cardinal John Njue, the President of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops and a small group of faithful who will sing and dance for the Pope as he sets foot for the very first time on African soil. “Karibu Papa” they will sing to him in Swahili, “Karibu in Kenya” say the posters lining the Papal route, “Karibu” is the word on the lips of all the Kenyans I have met since being here, and it means: “Welcome!” And after the short welcome ceremony at the airport Pope Francis will travel straight to the State House, where again, he will be welcomed with full military honours and the twenty one gun salute. Here he is scheduled to pay the protocol courtesy visit to the President of the Republic  and at the end of a private colloquium he will greet the President’s family, sign the Golden Book and present a gift to his host: a precious print from the Vatican archives. Here he will also address political authorities and members of the diplomatic corps in English – one of  the only  two English discourses he is scheduled to pronounce as he makes his way through this busy six-day journey taking him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. Straight afterwards Pope Francis will be whisked off for a restorative night’s rest  at Nairobi’s Apostolic Nunciature. He will have to gather much strength and energy indeed as hopes and expectations are high here in Kenya as the deeply religious people not only would like him to address questions of peaceful co-existence, good governance, tribalism and human rights, but want – and need – to hear the Catholic message of peace, reconciliation, tolerance, solidarity and mercy straight from the lips of the bishop of Rome. (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 4 hours
Fr. Xavier Batista, course "Communication in Evangelizing Action"

Curso online elaborado pela Comissão Episcopal Pastoral para a Comunicação e EAD Século 21 tem certificado de extensão universitária

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O curso “A Comunicação na Ação Evangelizadora – Aprofundamento do Diretório de Comunicação da Igreja no Brasil” está sendo um sucesso! Devido à procura do curso por novos alunos, após o início da primeira turma, agora estão abertas as inscrições para a segunda turma do curso no O curso é fru... 1 day 17 hours
Há muitos jovens que frequentam os movimentos católicos e as novas realidades eclesiais. Qual é o segredo deste sucesso entre a nova geração? Certamente a beleza da diversidade. Cada um pode escolher a espiritualidade que prefere, mas o ponto de chegada é sempre o Senhor. Eu gosto de pensar em Deus como um grand... 1 day 18 hours
Ciclo C Textos: Jer 33, 14-16; 1 Tess 3, 12-4,2; Lc 21, 25-28.34-36 INTRODUCAO AO CICLO C EVANGELHO DE LUCAS Darei algumas pinceladas para entender melhor São Lucas, evangelista que nos acompanhará durante todo este ciclo C. Cada evangelista tem o seu próprio estilo e finalidade teleológica. Lucas, e... 1 day 18 hours
O livro-entrevista do Santo Padre Francisco, intitulado "O nome de Deus é misericórdia" foi escrito pelo jornalista italiano Andrea Tornielli, e será lançado no próximo dia 12 de janeiro, por ocasião do Jubileu, e trará na capa o título ‘escrito à mão’ pelo Papa Francisco. Será publicado em seis línguas: Espanho... 1 day 18 hours
O Arcebispo de Pamplona e bispo de Tudela, Francisco Perez, convocou para esta quarta-feira duas missas de reparação em resposta à exposição sacrílega “Desenterrados” do artista Abel Azcona, que utilizou mais de 240 hóstias consagradas para escrever a palavra “pederastia” em um projeto denominado “Amém”. A manif... 1 day 18 hours
Todos os pais são obrigados a levar os filhos para a escola. O problema é quando a escola impôe certas ideologias às crianças. O que fazer? Como os pais podem se defender? Para essa finalidade nasceu o projeto escola sem partido, coordenado pelo Dr. Miguel Nagib, advogado e procurador do Estado de São Paulo. "Co... 1 day 18 hours
No dia 19 de junho desse ano foi instalado na Diocese de Santos, São Paulo, Brasil, o Tribunal sobre a Causa da Bem-Aventurada Teresa de Calcutá, responsável pelo Inquérito Diocesano de um possível milagre atribuído à intercessão da Bem-Aventurada, acontecido na cidade de Santos em meados de 2008. Ao concluir-se... 1 day 18 hours

Comentário sobre a liturgia do Pe. Antonio Rivero, L.C., Doutor em Teologia Espiritual, professor e diretor espiritual no seminário diocesano Maria Mater Ecclesiae de são Paulo (Brasil)

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Violência em Bangui antes da visita de Francisco

Às vésperas da viagem de Francisco, as realidades sociais de Quênia, Uganda e República Centro-Africana são marcadas por divisões étnicas, guerra e corrupção, mas também por pontos fortes como a riqueza dos recursos naturais e o alto percentual de cristãos

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Quênia, Uganda e na República Centro-Africana, os três destinos da primeira viagem apostólica do papa Francisco à África, apresentam realidades muito complexas e problemáticas em nível político, social e religioso. Desde a independência, o Quênia é governado por um sistema parlamentar que sofre o flagelo da corr... 1 day 18 hours
Medidas de segurança adotadas para o Jubileu no Vaticano

O padre Lombardi recorda ainda que os fiéis não precisam necessariamente ir a Roma, porque serão abertas muitas Portas Santas em todo o mundo

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Daqui a exatamente duas semanas, em 8 de dezembro, começa o Jubileu com a abertura da Porta Santa na Basílica de São Pedro. A ocasião contará com a ação de todos os corpos de polícia da Itália para garantir o plano de segurança em Roma. Mais de 2 mil pessoas deverão monitorar milhares alvos sensíveis não só da Praç... 1 day 18 hours
Pope Francis at the IOR, Vatican, 24 of November 2015

O Instituto para as Obras de Religião começou com Bento XVI um processo que deverá leva-lo a uma total transparência

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O papa Francisco esteve nesta manhã na sede do Instituto para as Obras de Religião (IOR), onde passou uns 20 minutos com o Conselho de Superintendência. Assim informou a Oficina de Imprensa da Santa Sé, especificando que foi nomeado como novo diretor geral do Instituto, o Dr. Gian Franco Mammì, que será ajudado ... 1 day 19 hours
Pope Francis book The name of God is Mercy

O Santo Padre escreveu em seis línguas a frase que servirá como título do livro do jornalista Andrea Tornielli que deve sair em janeiro

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O Tribunal do Estado da Cidade do Vaticano celebrou na manhã de hoje a primeira audiência do julgamento por causa do roubo e divulgação de documentos reservados. Foram enviados a julgamento cinco réus, o padre espanhol Lucio Vallejo Balda e seu secretário particular, Nicola Maio, as relações públicas italiana, Fran... 1 day 19 hours
Italian laywoman Francesca Chaouqui, talian journalists and writers Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi during Vatileaks 2 trial in Vatican, 24 November 2015

A próxima audiência será no dia 30 de novembro, quando os réus falarão. Disse o promotor: a acusação contra os autores não é por causa da publicação dos documentos, mas por causa da forma de adquiri-los

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Cathedral of Pamplona

Um ‘artista’ utilizou 240 hóstias consagradas para a sua ‘obra de arte’. O arcebispo de Pamplona disse: ‘Profanação gravíssima que ofende a fé, sentimentos e prejudica a liberdade religiosa’

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“Desde 1533, ou seja, desde o início da pregação cristã no sudeste da Ásia, a Igreja no Vietnã sofreu, por mais de três séculos, várias perseguições que se seguiram, sem trégua, tais como aquelas que atingiram a Igreja no Ocidente nos três primeiros séculos de vida. Milhares de cristãos foram enviados ao martírio e... 1 day 20 hours
Santo André Dung-Lac na Igreja de Saint Paul (Westerville, Ohio)

A Igreja no Vietnã foi fecundada pelo sangue dos mártires

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Tuesday visited the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), commonly known as the Vatican Bank. During his visit, he met with the Board of Superintendence for about 20 minutes, where he announced the appointment of a new Director General of the Institution, Dr. Gian Franco Mammi, who has been serving as Vice-Director. He will be assisted for the time being by Dr. Giulio Mattietti , until a new Vice-Director is appointed. According to the IOR website , the purpose of the institution is “to serve the global mission of the Catholic Church by way of protecting and growing its customers’ assets and providing them with dedicated worldwide payment services.” (from Vatican Radio)... 1 day 20 hours
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910 – 1997), photo taken in 1985

Entrevista ao Pe. Elmiran Ferreira “intermediário entre o miraculado e a beata”. Sacerdote da diocese de Santos, São Paulo, relata à ZENIT mais detalhes do milagre.

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Vatican City, 24 November 2015 (VIS) – This morning, at 10.30 a.m. at the Vatican City State Tribunal, the first hearing in the criminal trial of Msgr. Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda, Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui, Nicola Maio, Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, accused of offences connected to the disclosure of reserved information and documents. The defendants were all present, accompanied by their respective lawyers: Emanuela Bellardini for Msgr. Vallejo Balda, ex officio; Agnese Camilli for Francesca Chaouqui, ex officio; Rita Claudia Baffioni for Nicola Maio, ex officio; Lucia Musso for Emiliano Fittipaldi, private; and Roberto Palombi for Gianluigi Nuzzi, private. The representative for the injured party, i.e. the Holy See, was not present. The panel of judges was composed of Professor Giuseppe Della Torre, president; Professor Piero Antonio Bonnet, judge; Professor Paolo Papanti-Pelletier, judge; and Professor Venerando Marano, substitute judge. The Office of the promotor of justice (the prosecutor's office) was represented by the promotor, Professor Gian Piero Milano, and the adjunct promotor, Professor Roberto Zannotti. After the reading of the criminal charges by the chancellor, the president communicated that he had forwarded to the Court of Appeal the request for the appointment of two further private lawyers by Nuzzi and Msgr. Vallejo Balda, for eventual authorisation. Two preliminary objections were heard, by Bellardini regarding the time limits for evidence for the defence, and – following a declaration by Fittipaldi – from Musso on the nullity of the writ served on Fittipaldi due to a lack of precision regarding the alleged offences. The promotor of justice, in the person of Professor Zannotti, responded to the second objection, arguing that the intention was not to violate the freedom of the press, but that the defendant was required to respond regarding the activities conducted to obtain the published information and documents, and that this had been specified in the writ. The panel of judges, after a meeting in the chamber lasting three quarters of an hour, rejected the two objections present and established the date of the next hearing, to be held on Monday 30 November at 9.30 a.m., during which the questioning of defendants will commence, starting with Msgr. Vallejo Balda, followed by Francesca Chaouqui, and then the other defendants. Various hearings are expected to be held during that week. The hearing was closed before midday.... 1 day 22 hours
Vatican City, 24 November 2015 (VIS) – This morning, at around 10.30, the Holy Father visited the premises of the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) where he spoke with the Board of Directors for approximately twenty minutes, during which he communicated the appointment of the new Director general, Dr. Gian Franco Mammi, to be assisted by Dr. Giulio Mattietti pending the selection of a new Deputy Director.... 1 day 22 hours
Site do projeto Escola sem partido

ZENIT entrevista o advogado, procurador do Estado de São Paulo e coordenador do projeto escola sem partido

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Papal visits have never been taken for granted anywhere in the world since time immemorial and Kenya is no exception. The reason behind this is that, unlike other leaders who are either civil or religious, the Pope fills both roles as statesman and religious leader (Vicar of Christ). Papal visits leave an impact on the hearts of those who are blessed to see the Pope for generations to to come. The first Pope to visit Kenya was St John Paul II. During his papacy, he visited our beloved country three times: in 1980, 1985 and 1995. A lot has changed since Pope John Paul II visited our country 20 years ago, on 8 September 1995. A palpable excitement is building in Kenya as we prepare to welcome the Holy Father. It is uniting a country that is home to 44 million people from 42 tribes. Excitement is evident in millions of Kenyans irrespective of their denomination, age or social status. Since the first Holy Ghost missionaries stepped foot in Mombasa, Kenya, in 1890, the Catholic community has grown in leaps and bounds. Out of 44 million inhabitants, 14.5 million are Catholic faithful spread across four metropolitan provinces of Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa and Nyeri covering a total of 24 Dioceses, one Vicariate and one Military Ordinariate. The number of new dioceses has grown steadily — from eight to 26 today. Five new dioceses have been created since the last Papal visit in 1995. These include, the Diocese of Kericho, created on 6 December 1995; the Diocese of Malindi created on 2 June 2000; the Apostolic Vicariate of Isiolo, created on 15th December 1995; the Diocese of Maralal, created in 2001, and the Diocese of Nyahururu that was created on 5 December 2002. With gratitude and humility, I must admit that the Church in Kenya owes a lot to Pope Francis and, indeed, to the long line of his predecessors. Pope Pius IX in his encyclical Fidei Donum , more than a century ago, rallied the Church to send more missionaries to Africa. His call was heeded and continues to be heeded by thousands of missionaries who help to set up pastoral stations in some of Kenya’s poorest, most far-flung regions. The Fidei Donum spirit is best exemplified by Blessed Sr Irene Stephane, who was beatified in a colourful ceremony, in the Archdiocese of Nyeri on 23 May 2015. The Sister was given the name ‘Nyaatha’ which means ‘the merciful one’ for her selflessness and love for the poor. Kenyans indeed view the beatification of Blessed Irene Stephane Nyaatha, and now, the maiden visit of Pope Francis, as a sign of hope — hope in a renewed faith; a re-awakening of the Church’s mission in Kenya: to witness Christ. We are further strengthened in hope and faith by the ongoing process of beatification of the Servant of God Michael Maurice Cardinal Otunga — now Venerable and indeed a true son of Kenyan soil — who hosted Pope John Paul II during his visits in Kenya and who is a model to be emulated for his virtues of simplicity, passion for pastoral work and concern for the poor and above all his love for God and humanity. This is a clear manifestation of the fruits of missionary work and Pope Francis’ visit is going to rekindle that spirit and leave an indelible mark on the history of our land and her people for generations to come. The last papal visit to Kenya came in the wake of strong socio-political winds of change that were sweeping through Africa in general and particularly in Kenya. In his address to the nation during his last Papal visit, Pope St John Paul II said: “I come as one who is deeply concerned for the destiny of Africa’s peoples. Africa is at crossroads. Its peoples and their leaders are being called to exercise all their wisdom in the difficult and urgent task of promoting a development which is not just economic and material, but involves building a civilization of respect for all of society’s members — for their rights and freedoms, as well as for the spiritual nature of every person”. His wise words were timely. At that time, the country was undergoing a socio-political transition. Indeed, St Pope John Paul’s visit heralded a period of great changes for our country; changes that the Church in Kenya, helped to shape and to shepherd. His holiness Pope Francis’ first visit to Kenya is not so different from that of Pope St John Paul II twenty years ago. Although a lot has changed in Kenya, the challenges closely resemble to those that Pope St John Paul II correctly pointed out. Millions of Kenyans still live in poverty. Families are breaking under the heavy pressure of materialism and the loss of African values. Divisive politics, corruption and negative ethnicity continues to eat into our society. The Church has been on the forefront in pointing out these challenges, and actively engaging the Government to solve them. In pastoral work, the Church in Kenya has made tremendous progress over the years. Vocations have been thriving; we now have hundreds of seminarians preparing for pastoral work. Today, we can proudly say that the Church in Kenya is sending missionaries out into the world. Hundreds of our priests, religious brothers and sisters are serving throughout Europe, Asia and America. We not only believe in reaching out to the millions of souls who need Christ in their lives, but also in bearing witness through service to the community. The Catholic Church in Kenya runs more than 8,000 schools, 470 health facilities and 18 medical training colleges. The future of the Church in Kenya is bright. It is reflected in the increasingly vibrant Pontifical Missionary Children across all 26 dioceses, and in the active participation of the youth. They are our future, the pillars of the Church. When Pope Francis touches African soil for the first time, we are reminded of his consoling message of condolence during our darkest moments, when terrorists attacked and killed 147 students in Garissa University on 4 April 2015. In his message after the attacks, the Pope called “upon all those in authority to redouble their efforts to work with all men and women in Kenya to bring an end to such violence and to hasten the dawn of a new era of brotherhood, justice and peace”. Pope Francis’ visit to Kenya will strengthen our resolve to fight terrorism and encourage the spirit of religious tolerance and cohesion across the globe. His presence puts his words into practice, as he comes to empathize with all those who have lost loved ones due either to political or religious intolerance. His physical presence will speak louder than words. The Holy Father’s visit is a God send, as he comes to uplift Africa in hope and faith, to encourage and motivate the world that all is not lost and to strengthen our resolve to strive to make Kenya the pearl of Africa. Your Holiness, Karibu (welcome) to Kenya. John Njue Cardinal-Archbishop of Nairobi... 1 day 23 hours
It was with great joy and happiness that the people of Uganda received the good news that Pope Francis had scheduled a pilgrimage to Uganda, the Land of Martyrs, from 27-29 November. It is an honour for the Church in Uganda and for all people of good will to welcome the Holy Father and join him on this holy journey. On this occasion the Church in Uganda is delighted to receive the Vicar of Christ, and withgreat anticipation we are awaiting his message of peace, mercy and hope. At the numerous gatherings at the selected locations in Kampala, our capital city, the Church looks forward to the challenges, to which the Holy Father will call us. For Christ said: “You will be my witness” (Acts 1:18). Pope Francis’ visit to Uganda is a testimony of the living and binding ministry our Lord Jesus Christ entrusted to Peter, when he said: “feed my flock.... Take care of my sheep” (Jn 21:15-16). The Church in Uganda draws her consolation from this universal mission of Peter with which, we, the Bishops and the whole community of the People of God feel strengthened in our faith and true witnesses of Christ’s light. The programme drawn up for the Holy Father’s stay in Uganda signifies the vision of his ministry as that of a “shepherd living with the odour of the sheep”. Uganda — described by British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, in 1907 as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ — enjoys a privileged position among African countries. It was the first country to have a large number of canonized saints and it was the first country, in 1913, to have indigenous priests, including the first indigenous bishop south of the Sahara, who was ordained in 1939. Pope Francis is the third Supreme Pontiff to visit Uganda. In 1969, Blessed Paul VI was the first pope to visit Uganda. During his visit, he challenged the Church in Africa, saying: “You Africans must be missionaries to yourselves”. This message echoes the words of St Daniel Comboni who, on becoming the Bishop of Central Africa in 1877, visualised missions in Africa with his motto to “Save Africa with Africa”. The Comboni missionaries working in northern Uganda, motivated by this motto, trained the local catechists Daudi Okello and Jildo Irwa who, at Paimol in the Archdiocese of Gulu, while on mission to preach the message of Jesus, were martyred in 1918. These two martyrs added another page of Christian witness to the history of our country. St John Paul II’s missionary journey to Uganda in 1993 brought consolation to a country that was experiencing war and the notorious insurgency of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. Pope Francis’ visit is a moment of grace. As a developing country we are looking forward to his message of caring for our common home as described in his Encyclical Laudato Si ’. All agents of evangelization look forward to receiving the Holy Father’s challenge to be messengers of joy and to radiate the same joy in the work of evangelisation as was highlighted in Evangelii Gaudium . Another theme so dear to the Church’s life and ministry is that of the family. As Christians, we appreciate the beauty of the family, and we recognize that family life as the place where we come to learn the meaning and value of human relationships. The Church in Uganda awaits Pope Francis’ invitation to uphold the traditional Christian family understanding and values as founded on the relationship between man and woman: “A man and a woman united in marriage, together with their children, form a family. This institution is prior to any recognition by public authority, which has an obligation to recognize it” (CCC 2202). Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Archbishop of Kampala... 1 day 23 hours
Papa Francisco com membros do Movimento Eucarístico Juvenil na Sala Paul VI/ Vaticano

Movimentos e novas realidades eclesiais são um grande dom de Deus para os jovens do terceiro milênio

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“Condenamos com firmeza os ataques terroristas na Nigéria, Quênia, Líbia, Burkina Fasso, Mali, Líbano, França e em outras partes do mundo, que provocaram numerosas vítimas inocentes e provocaram desconforto e dor a muitas famílias e a seus países”, afirma o Simpósio das Conferências Episcopais da África e Madagasca... 2 days 38 min
Simpósio das Conferências Episcopais da África e Madagascar (SECAM)

Comunicado do Secam exorta a todas as partes em conflito para que deponham as armas e empreendam o caminho do diálogo e da paz

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is scheduled to undertake a three-nation Apostolic Visit to Africa this week. He leaves the Vatican on the morning of Wednesday, 25 Nov., and  is scheduled to land in the early evening in Nairobi – Kenya – on the first leg of the trip that will also take him to Uganda and to Central African Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni is in Nairobi where she is waiting for the Pope to arrive. She sent us this report. Listen: One of the highlights of our day here in Nairobi was definitely the sound of Fr Richard’s familiar voice, loud and clear, on the taxi radio as we wove through heavy downtown traffic. Yes, it’s true, Vatican Radio really is listened to all over the world, and as Alex, our driver, confirmed, the Kiswahili Programme ranks high on the popularity charts, especially now as Kenya prepares to welcome Pope Francis on his very first visit to the African continent. Meanwhile, the sprawling Kangemi slum that the Pope is going to visit - and that we were on our way to see - is one of seven slums in Nairobi alone. You can’t miss it because it’s right in the middle of the bustling business hub that Nairobi has become as the nation continues to grow as a rising economic force in Africa - as witnessed by the hundreds of construction sites, shopping centres and the unmistakable buzz of business in the making. And that’s also why  the shocking poverty in which its 650,000 inhabitants live is a stark and uncomfortable reminder of the widening  gap and harrowing divide that separates the few that have much more than enough, and the many who go to bed with a big hole in their stomachs because they have no food and no future. But a visit to the Parish of St. Joseph the Worker in Kangemi, feverishly preparing to receive Pope Francis on Friday, gave me the chance to chat to some of the faithful polishing the floors of the Church, practicing their songs, making the small garden as beautiful as it can be. When I asked them what their appeals to Pope Francis will be when he visits the nation this is what they told me: That he may deliver a message of peace and encourage religious tolerance and mutual acceptance; That he may be able to lead us on the right path; That he pray for families and that the youth stay away from drug abuse; That he may address issues of corruption, tribalism, terrorism and encourage our political leaders to preach peace and unity instead of divisive politics. And finally, as Beth so beautifully put it: “We are inspired by his humility. May all those in positions of leadership emulate him by putting God and the needs of the less fortunate in society first. Francis - she said - you are an inspiration to many!” (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 4 hours

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Papal audience to the partecipants at the World-wide Congress “Educate today and tomorrow. A renewing passion”, 21st of November 2015

Tradução completa da Audiência aos participantes do Congresso Mundial promovido pela Congregação para a Educação Católica

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Publicamos abaixo a tradução de zenit da transcrição das respostas do Papa Francisco a algumas perguntas que lhe foram feitas durante a audiência concedida aos participantes do Congresso Mundial promovido pela Congregação para a Educação Católica, acontecida no último sábado, 21, na Sala Paulo VI no Vaticano. **... 2 days 17 hours
Cardeal Antonio Cañizares

Em vigília de oração pelas vítimas dos atentados, o arcebispo espanhol orou pelos criminosos, “para que lhes chegue o perdão de Deus”

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O cardeal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, arcebispo de Valência, Espanha, afirmou neste sábado que o terrorismo jihadista é “muito blasfemo, sacrílego e assassino, porque não se pode matar em nome de Deus, que é Amor; não é morte, mas Vida”. Ele ainda rezou a Deus “pelas vítimas, seus familiares e seus povos”, mas també... 2 days 17 hours
O papa Francisco recebeu neste sábado os mais de sete mil participantes do Congresso Mundial “Educar Hoje e Amanhã – uma paixão que se renova”, promovido pela Congregação para a Educação Católica. Respondendo de forma improvisada a algumas perguntas, o Santo Padre sublinhou que os professores estão entre os trab... 2 days 17 hours
Papa Francisco

Em audiência com os participantes do Congresso Mundial “Educar Hoje e Amanhã”, o pontífice falou dos riscos de uma educação seletiva e elitista

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Bandeira do Estado Islâmico

Resolução promovida pela França considera que o grupo jihadista é uma ameaça sem precedentes para a paz internacional

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O Conselho de Segurança das Nações Unidas adotou na última sexta-feira uma resolução em que chama os países-membros a usarem “todas as medidas necessárias” para “evitar e suprimir os atos terroristas” cometidos pelo autodenominado Estado Islâmico. O texto, promovido pela França após os atentados de 13 de novembr... 2 days 17 hours
"O que aconteceu em Paris é algo terrível. Muitas pessoas inocentes foram mortas”, comentou sobre os atentatos de París Remo Girone, famoso ator de teatro, cinema e televisão italiana. Poucas palavras, mas cheias de sentimento e emoção, no signo do maior respeito pelo acontecido, sem cair nos falsos moralismos e na... 2 days 19 hours
Italian actor Remo Girone

Em entrevista a ZENIT o famoso ator que trabalhou no filme-documentário “Shades of Truth” sobre o Papa Pacelli

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The books of Emiliano Fittipaldi 'Avarizia' and Gianluigi Nuzzi ' Via Crucis', called Vatileaks 2

Balda, Chaouqui, Maio, Nuzzi e Fittipaldi convocados pelo Tribunal da Cidade do Vaticano para a primeira audiência, marcada para próxima terça-feira

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Mons. Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda, Francesca Imaculada Chaouqui, Nicola Maio, Emiliano Fittipaldi e Gianluigi Nuzzi foram indiciados pelo Tribunal de Justiça do Estado da Cidade do Vaticano, no contexto da investigação relacionada com o Vatileaks. Balda, Chaouqui e Maio são chamados para responder pelo crime descr... 2 days 19 hours
Pedestrians walk past billboards welcoming Pope Francis to the country in downtown Naiorbi, Kenya, 22 November 2015

O reitor da Catedral de Bangui fala sobre as esperanças de um povo por causa da visita de Francisco e da abertura da Porta Santa

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Um “momento de graça para todo o povo da África Central”. Com estas palavras, mons. Mathieu Bondobo, reitor da catedral de Bangui, comentou a decisão do Papa Francisco de abrir a primeira Porta Santa do Jubileu, no próximo domingo, durante a sua visita pastoral na República Centro-Africana. "Através da Porta San... 2 days 19 hours
"Venho como um mensageiro de paz" para "anunciar o amor de Jesus Cristo e a sua mensagem de reconciliação, perdão e paz." Faltando dois dias para a esperada viagem ao Quênia, Uganda e República Centro Africana, do 25 ao 30 de novembro, o Papa Francisco envia dois vídeo-mensagens aos países africanos, dando-lhes “um... 2 days 19 hours
Young girls attend a Sunday mass at Saint Sauveur Catholic church, adjacent to the IDP camp that Pope Francis is scheduled to visit, in the capital Bangui, the Central African Republic, 22 November 2015

Mensagens de vídeo do Papa Francisco na véspera da viagem apostólica ao Quênia, Uganda e República Centro Africana

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Manifestação "Não em meu nome" na Praça dos Santos Apóstolos em Rome, 21 de novembro de 2015

Em Roma e Milão: “Não em meu nome". Estádios de futebol da Itália e da Inglaterra tocam La Marseillaise em solidariedade às vítimas dos ataques

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Os muçulmanos moderados na Itália fizeram duas manifestações públicas sábado contra o terrorismo, intitulado 'Non nel mio nome' (Não em meu nome), nas cidades de Roma e Milão. O diretor do Centro Cultural Islâmico da capital italiana, Abdellah Redouane, disse que "o terrorismo não pode atacar em qualquer lugar, ... 2 days 22 hours
Apesar de não haver muitas informações sobre a vida de Felicidade e das sete crianças, um dos relatos do martírio foi registrado no século VI, quando o Papa Gregório Magno fez referência a este em sua "Homiliæ super Evangelia" (livro I, homilia iii)[9]. Conta-se também que o próprio Papa teria encontrado uma pintur... 2 days 22 hours
Francesco Coghetti, Santa Felicidade e seus sete filhos mártires, Igreja de Ranica, Bergamo, Italy

O Martirológio Romano celebra Felicidade na data de 23 de novembro

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(Vatican Radio) The Church remains faithful if she keeps her eyes fixed on Jesus, but she becomes lukewarm and mediocre if she seeks comfort in worldly things. That was Pope Francis’ message on Monday as he reflected on the Gospel reading at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta… Listen to our report:  Pope Francis noted that the reading from St Luke’s Gospel tells the story of the widow who puts her two coins in the temple treasury box, while other wealthy worshippers make a great show of the money they're putting in. Jesus says that “this poor widow put in more than all the rest” because the others were giving away money from their surplus wealth, while she, in her poverty, “has offered her whole livelihood”. In the Bible, Pope Francis said, the widow is the woman who is alone, who has no husband to look after her, who has to manage on her own, who survives on charity. The widow in this Gospel passage, he said, was “a widow who had placed her trust only in the Lord”. I like to look at the widows in the Gospel, he said, as an image of the “widowed” Church who is waiting for Jesus to return. The Church is the bride of Christ, Pope Francis said, but her Lord has gone and her only treasure is in her Lord. If the Church remains faithful, then she leaves everything while waiting for her Lord to return. If she does not have so much faith in the love of her Lord, then she tries to get by in other ways, seeking security in things that are more of this world than of God. The widows of the Gospels, the Pope continued, speak beautifully to us about Jesus and His Church. There is the widow of Nain who was crying as she accompanied her son to be buried outside the city gates. There is the widow who goes to the unjust judge in order to defend her sons, knocking on his door every day and bothering him continuously until he delivers a just sentence for her. This is the widowed Church who prays and intercedes for her children, Pope Francis explained. But the heart of the Church is always with Jesus, the Bridegroom in heaven. According to the desert fathers, the Pope said, our souls also resemble the Church, and the closer our souls, our lives, are to Jesus, the more we are able to avoid worldly, useless things that lead us away from Christ. While the ‘widowed’ Church waits for Jesus, he said, she can be faithful, trusting that her husband will return, or she can be unfaithful to her widowhood, a lukewarm, mediocre, worldly Church seeking comfort in other things. In these last days of the liturgical year, Pope Francis concluded, we would do well to ask ourselves if our souls are searching for the Lord, or if they’re looking for comfort in things which do not please the Lord. Let our souls say “Come Lord Jesus! Come!” And may we leave behind all those useless things which stop us staying faithful. (from Vatican Radio)... 2 days 22 hours
A Igreja não deve se arranjar com as coisas do mundo, como evidenciado pelo Evangelho de hoje (Lc 21,1-4) sobre a viúva que depositou tudo o que tinha. Foi o que disse o Papa Francisco na homilia da missa matutina celebrada na capela da Casa Santa Marta. Na famosa parábola, Jesus compara a generosidade da viúva ... 2 days 23 hours
Papa Francisco celebra a missa em Santa Marta, 23 de novembro de 2015 / 2

Nesta segunda-feira, o Papa exortou a deixarmos de lado “todas as coisas que não servem, que não são de ajuda à fidelidade”

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Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 26, 2015 / 02:48 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis Thursday praised Kenya's traditional family values, particularly their respect for children and the elderly. He also made an appeal for the youth to use these values as a guide to ending discrimination and injustice in the future. 3 hours 31 min
Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 25, 2015 / 10:02 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis began his trip to Africa in Kenya, where he praised the "young and vibrant nation" and encouraged Kenyans to continue working for peace in their country. 20 hours 17 min
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Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 25, 2015 / 06:03 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Last week Thailand hosted the first international Asian conference for deaf Catholics, which explored the pastoral challenges to integrating the deaf into the Church's life. 1 day 16 min
Aboard the papal plane, Nov 25, 2015 / 03:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Before he landed in Kenya on Wednesday, Pope Francis confirmed to reporters that he would indeed visit Mexico early next year.  1 day 3 hours
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Vatican City, Nov 24, 2015 / 09:56 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, as the new bishop who will head the Anglican Ordinariate in the United States and Canada. 1 day 20 hours
Accra, Ghana, Nov 24, 2015 / 06:21 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Ahead of the papal visit to Africa, the continent's bishops have sent Francis a message of welcome. They emphasized the importance of the family in African society and the need for peace in regions suffering terrorism and violent conflict.
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Chicago, Ill., Nov 24, 2015 / 05:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Chicago's Catholic cemeteries have helped bury the bodies of about 200 unidentified and unclaimed persons in recent years. One of the priests involved has stressed the importance of reducing homelessness and of mourning those who have no one to pray for them.
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Sydney, Australia, Nov 24, 2015 / 02:31 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The Sydney archbishop has strongly defended the freedom of the Catholic Church in response to a legal complaint claiming the Australian bishops' pastoral letter on marriage violated Tasmania's strict anti-discrimination law. 2 days 3 hours
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A turkey is seen in its enclosure at Seven Acres Farm in North Reading, Mass., Nov. 27, one day before the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. (CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters) (Nov. 27, 2011)A turkey is seen in its enclosure at Seven Acres Farm in North Reading, Mass., Nov. 27, one day before the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. (CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters) (Nov. 27, 2011)

On this Nov. 26 we in the United States of America celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

Following pauses to say grace, it is no doubt a great deal of turkey will be consumed and much football will be watched. Belts will loosen and living rooms will fill to the brim with the conversation of family and friends.

While our secular Thanksgiving traditions can have much good in them, another great way to give thanks to the Lord is to go to Mass.

Find a Mass time near you HERE.

If you cannot make it to Mass, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has the day’s readings available HERE. The first reading for Thanksgiving Day comes from the Book of Sirach and begins, “And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth.”

In the second reading from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he writes, “I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowsed on you in Christ Jesus.”

The USCCB also has a prayer appropriate for use on Thanksgiving Day as well. Find the prayer HERE.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Editor’s note: This story replaces the usual Throwback Thursday posted each Thursday at

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By Carol Zimmermann

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Maureen Orth, a special correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine who has written about music icons, world leaders and Hollywood celebrities, tackled a completely different subject for National Geographic magazine: the Virgin Mary.

For the magazine’s December cover story, “Mary the most powerful woman in the world,” Orth visited several countries and interviewed dozens of people with strong devotional ties to the Mary — including from those who claim to have seen her, those who believe her intercession has healed them and those seeking her spiritual guidance and intercession.

In the magazine’s Washington office Nov. 24, Orth, widow of Tim Russert, moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” who died in 2008, said what made the biggest impression on her while interviewing people for the article was Mary’s universal appeal across diverse cultures.

“It was a huge journey all over the world,” she said, noting that what particularly stands out after a year of visiting Marian devotional sites in Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, Mexico, Egypt and Rwanda is that Mary is the “hope and solace of so many people including Muslims.”

The Muslim appreciation of Mary, as a “holy woman of God,” she told Catholic News Service, “is a bridge that ought to be explored,” especially in this time of strife caused by religious extremism.

Orth, a practicing Catholic, who certainly knew about Mary before this assignment, said she learned a great deal from talking with scholarly experts and reading mystics who wrote about the life of Mary but whose observations didn’t make it into the article.

She came away with a “more personal relationship” with Mary than an intellectual one, saying she understood Mary more as a person after talking with so many who are devoted to her.

She also witnessed the deep faith of many who have traveled great distances to be where apparitions of Mary are said to have taken place such as Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where six village children said they first saw Mary in 1981 and continue to see apparitions there. A Vatican doctrinal congregation is still studying these claims.

In the small village, Orth met four stage-4 cancer victims last November: Two have since died, one is under treatment and another shows no signs of the disease. All four spoke of spiritual conversions and inner peace, she said.

A 59-year-old hockey dad from Boston told Orth that in 2000 one of the Medjugorje visionaries prayed with him for a cure of the cancer that riddled his body, giving him only months left to live. During the prayer, he felt a sensation of heat in his body. When he went back to Boston a week later, a CT scan at Massachusetts General Hospital revealed that his tumors were almost gone.

Since then, he’s been back to Medjugorje 13 times.

The editors at National Geographic wrote in the margin by Orth’s account of his story: “Why do miracles happen to some people and not others?” Orth, who doesn’t have an answer to that theological query, noted the challenge of explaining spiritual accounts in a scientific magazine.

One of Orth’s most inspiring stops for the story, primarily because she had not been unaware of it, was the small village of Kibeho, Rwanda, described as the place where Mary appeared to three young girls in the 1980s and foretold the genocide that took place in that country in 1994.

In 2001, that Vatican verified the claims of the three girls. One had been killed in the genocide, one became a monastic sister in Italy and the third fled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and then Kenya during the three-month onslaught when the majority Hutu attacked the minority Tutsi and more than 800,000 people were killed.

The girls, Orth writes, “said they spent countless hours in conversations with the Virgin, who called herself Nyina wa Jambo, Mother of the Word. Mary spoke to the girls so often that they called her Mama.”

But even though Mary is said to have spoken of the love of Jesus and gave these girls motherly advice, she is also said to have shown them images of heaven, hell and purgatory along with horrific images of genocide that she warned could happen if Rwandans did not renew their hearts and dispel evil.

Orth said that the people she spoke with who said they saw apparitions all seemed genuine. She approached them as she would an investigative journalist. Their stories have been consistent throughout the years and they also have undergone extensive questioning from Vatican officials.

Orth pointed out that very little is known about Mary from the Bible, but as her story reveals, the lack of details about Mary has not stopped people from reaching out to her in prayer and devotion as a way to better understand and approach God.

“The number of people who use her as their guide and their way to a higher meaning, that was impressive across the board,” Orth said.

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By Dennis Sadowski

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The extensive vetting process that all refugees undergo before arriving in the United States “screens out any possible threat of terrorism,” said the executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services.

“We believe the risk is nil and certainly when we look at this (process) under a microscope, these are the most vetted people that come into our country,” William Canny told Catholic News Service.

The director said the State Department screening procedure — which the White House posted on its website Nov. 20 — is comprehensive and makes security its highest priority.

“We’re highly confident that it’s well done, that it screens out any possible threat of terrorism. Based on that, we’re very comfortable receiving these families, which by the way, are mostly women and children,” Canny said.

Questions about the possible entry into the U.S. by extremists tied to Islamic State militants who control large swaths of Syria and Iraq have been raised since a string of violent attacks in Paris Nov. 13 and the downing of a Russian jetliner over Egypt’s Sinai desert Oct. 31, all claimed by the organization.

Members of Congress, presidential candidates, state legislators and at least 31 governors have called for the federal government to stop the resettlement of Syrians, saying they feared for Americans’ security.

Republicans in the House of Representatives Nov. 19 secured a veto-proof majority, 289-137, on the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act that would block Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the U.S. unless they undergo strict background checks. The Senate was expected to vote on the bill the week of Nov. 30.

MRS helped resettle 376 Syrians nationwide between Aug. 15, 2012, and Nov. 24. The agency reported that it also has resettled 13,110 Iraqis since 2008.

The agency is under contract with the State Department to resettle about 30 percent of the 70,000 refugees the country accepts annually. In 2014, MRS resettled 20,875 refugees from around the world in the U.S. It is the largest nongovernmental resettlement agency in the world.

Simon Henshaw, principal deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, said at a Nov. 19 media briefing that the U.S. resettled 1,682 Syrian refuges in year ending Sept. 30.

Overall, more than 4 million Syrian refugees have fled their homeland since the Syrian civil war began in March 2011.

President Barack Obama has directed the State Department to prepare to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees during fiscal year 2016, which ends Sept. 30.

Henshaw called the effort a “modest but important contribution to the global effort to address the Syrian refugee crisis.”

Streams of Syrians have fled to Europe this year as their country’s civil war showed no signs of ending. Hundreds of thousands of people have made their way to Germany while other European nations have opened their borders, but to lesser numbers. Other countries, however, have denied entry to the refugees.

Religious and civil rights leaders in the U.S. have prevailed on federal officials to realize that providing humanitarian assistance to the refugees, including their resettlement, is a moral obligation.

The concerns raised by some U.S. elected officials focus almost exclusively on security. They point to the possibility that an extremist could get through the vetting process and eventually team up with other like-minded people to attack innocent civilians.

Henshaw said the refugee resettlement program prioritizes admitting the most vulnerable Syrians, including female-headed households, children, survivors of torture and people with severe medical conditions.

“We have, for years, safely admitted refugees from all over the world, including Syrian refugees, and we have a great deal of experience screening and admitting large numbers of refugees from chaotic environments, including where intelligence holdings are limited,” Henshaw said.

Jane E. Bloom, head of the U.S. office of the International Catholic Migration Commission, told CNS that many of the refugees her agency is resettling are severely injured and have been devastated by the war.

“We’re seeing a high number of cases that are burn victims, lost limbs, shrapnel injuries needing operations,” she said. “Most of the Syrians are traumatized by an act of war. They’ve lost family and friends.

Refugees initially are selected for resettlement by the staff of U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. The ICMC — based in Geneva and with its U.S. office at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — is one of the worldwide agencies working with UNHCR in processing people chosen for resettlement.

ICMC has worked in two refugee support centers in Istanbul and Beirut during the Syrian crisis. Another agency, the International Office of Migration, works with refugees at support centers in Jordan and Egypt.

Before the ICMC gets involved with any Syrians, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security conducts its own screening, Bloom said. After that step ICMC staff members begin vetting under State Department rules, collecting biographical and family information, and learning why a family fled their home in the first place, she explained.

“When it comes to vetting, refugees — and in particular Syrian refugees — are the most vetted I have come to work with in the last 30 years,” Bloom told CNS.

“Resettlement is the most powerful protection tool that we’ve got in our toolbox. So ICMC uses that very wisely and very preciously for those that are very vulnerable, those who are not officially protected within Lebanon and Turkey,” Bloom added.

In 2014 ICMC helped resettle 7,365 refugees to the U.S. from the support center for Turkey and Middle East, according to the agency’s annual report. The agency did not provide data on how many of those refugees were Syrians.

The screening process for any refugee can take 18 to 24 months or more to complete, according to the State Department. It involves gathering identifying documents, personal information and an explanation why a person or family fled in addition to a series of interviews. Iris scans and biometric data are gathered for Syrians and other Middle East people, the White House graphic showed.

Refugee families are fingerprinted and undergo a security screening that involves four U.S. agencies including the National Counterterrorism Center, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security and State Department. Any one agency can deny entry for any reason.

Medical checks also are completed.

Once cleared, applicants are required to complete cultural orientation classes. They then are assigned to a U.S.-based nongovernment organization for resettlement. One such NGO is the bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services, which works in turn with local diocesan resettlement agencies, commonly run by Catholic Charities.

Locations selected for permanent resettlement are based on family reunification needs or the presence of an existing community of people from a given country, Canny said.

In total, the Syrian-born U.S. population stood at about 86,000 people in 2014, representing about 0.2 percent of the nation’s 42.4 million immigrants, according to a fact sheet released Nov. 24 by the Migration Policy Institute.

Using U.S. Census data, the institute found that the Syrian population grew by about 43 percent between 2010 and 2014. It attributed the increase primarily to the country’s civil war.

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Editor’s Note: Information about the resettlement work of Migration and Refugee Services is online at Information about the International Catholic Migration Commission is online at The federal process for screening refugees is outlined at

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By Cindy Wooden

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — With security concerns looming over his visit, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya Nov. 25 urging tolerance and respect among people of different religions and different ethnic groups.

During the less than seven-hour flight, Pope Francis told reporters the only thing he was worried about were the mosquitoes, and after greeting each of the 74 reporters individually the pope took the microphone again and said, “Protect yourselves from the mosquitoes!”

Speaking to a small group of reporters as he made his way around the plane, the pope also confirmed he would visit four cities, including Ciudad Juarez on the U.S.-Mexican border, when he visits Mexico in February.

In his brief remarks to the whole group, the pope did not mention the security concerns or the travel advisories issued by many governments after the terrorist attacks Nov. 13 in Paris.

Pope Francis was greeted at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by a small group of dancers, women ululating and President Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the nation’s first president, for whom the airport is named. After the brief arrival ceremony Pope Francis traveled past hundreds of offices and factories where employees came out and lined the road to greet him.

The formal welcoming ceremony took place at Kenya’s State House, where the pope met with the president, government and civic leaders and members of the diplomatic corps.

In his speech, the pope focused on the values needed to consolidate democracy in Kenya and throughout Africa, starting with building trust and cohesion among members of the different ethnic and religious groups on the continent.

“Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust and the despair born of poverty and frustration,” he said. “To the extent that our societies experience divisions — whether ethnic, religious or economic — all men and women of good will are called to work for reconciliation and peace, forgiveness and healing.”

Kenyatta told the pope that colonization left Africa with artificial borders dividing communities, which has created tensions, but war and violence on the continent also has been fueled by “our own selfish politicization of our ethnic and religious identities.”

As the U.N. Climate Conference was about to begin in Paris, Pope Francis also spoke of the traditional African value of safeguarding creation and of the need to find “responsible models of economic development” that will not destroy the earth and the future.

“Kenya has been blessed not only with immense beauty in its mountains, rivers and lakes, its forests, savannahs and semi-deserts, but also by an abundance of natural resources,” the pope said.

Kenyans recognize them as gifts of God and have a “culture of conservation,” which they are called to help others embrace as well, the pope said.

“The grave environmental crisis facing our world demands an ever greater sensitivity to the relationship between human beings and nature,” he said. “We have a responsibility to pass on the beauty of nature in its integrity to future generations, and an obligation to exercise a just stewardship of the gifts we have received.”

On a continent where the population is predominantly young, but unemployment among young adults is high, Pope Francis also urged the Kenyan government officials and representatives of other countries to recognize that the young, too, are a gift from God to be assisted with care.

“To protect them, to invest in them and to offer them a helping hand is the best way we can ensure a future worthy of the wisdom and spiritual values dear to their elders, values which are the very heart and soul of a people,” the pope said.

Knowing that he was speaking in front of the country’s political and economic leaders, Pope Francis reminded them that the Gospel insists that “from those to whom much has been given, much will be demanded.”

“Show genuine concern for the needs of the poor, the aspirations of the young and a just distribution of the natural and human resources with which the Creator has blessed your country,” he told them.

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SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) — To mark the 70th anniversary of the division of Korea and the Year of Mercy, the Archdiocese of Seoul launched a prayer movement, “North Korean Church in My Heart.”

Seoul Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, who serves as apostolic administrator of Pyongyang, North Korea, said the people there “have always been in my prayers.”

Before a Mass at Myongdong Cathedral Nov. 24, the cardinal said: “Pope Francis has announced the Jubilee of Mercy; I believe the Korean Peninsula is one of the regions that need most the mercy of God. I invite everyone to join me in this prayer movement, to bear in mind the Catholic Church of North Korea, and to show our love and concern with continuous prayers,” he said ahead of the opening Mass for the movement.

After the liberation of Korea, there were 57 parishes and about 5,200 Catholics in North Korea. After the Korean War, however, the Catholic Church of North Korea underwent persecutions by the government. Only a few hidden Catholics are believed to be in North Korea now.

The archdiocese said “North Korean Church in My Heart ” is open to anyone who wants to pray for the North Korean Church.

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By Doreen Abi Raad

BEIRUT (CNS) — Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, the Vatican nuncio to Lebanon, visited hospitalized victims of twin suicide bombings in Beirut and said Lebanon’s “message of coexistence” needs to be preserved, despite the crises the country is enduring.

The Nov. 12 bombings in Beirut’s southern suburbs killed at least 46 people and wounded more than 200. The attacks, for which Islamic State claimed credit, occurred a day before the terror attacks in Paris.

“We came here today to express our friendship and brotherhood to the injured in Beirut’s bombing,” Archbishop Caccia said Nov. 23, while visiting the wounded, all Muslim, in two hospitals.

The tour was part of an outreach of union and solidarity with those injured in the attack, organized by the Lebanese religious order Mission de Vie (Mission of Life), devoted to serving the poorest of the poor in Lebanon.

The nuncio was accompanied by Maronite Archbishop Paul Matar of Beirut; Father Wissam Maalouf, founder and superior of Mission of Life; men and women religious members of the order as well as volunteers.

“God loves tolerance, and he is bigger than any desire for vengeance,” Archbishop Caccia said during the visit. “Lebanon’s message of diversity should be preserved” and it should prevail “despite all crises.”

The nuncio said Pope Francis “is close to all the oppressed and the needy in the world.”

Mission of Life missionaries are easily recognized throughout Lebanon by their royal blue habits, with volunteers wearing T-shirts in the same color, affixed with the order’s logo depicting helping hands. Archbishop Caccia recently participated in one the group’s street missions.

Visiting the victims in a hospital, Father Maalouf said: “Faced with the evil and injustice affecting our country, we are called to spread the culture of love and nonviolence. Thus, we can overcome all barriers and deal with any injustice.”

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By Sean Gallagher

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — As 23,000 youths from across the country worshipped together during the closing Mass of the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, Leanna Long felt “amazingly overwhelmed” to be in the midst of so many people who shared her faith.

She attended the conference from her home in North Carolina, where Catholics are a small minority of the overall population.

“We know the church is large,” said Long, a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Chapel Hill, in the Raleigh Diocese. “But to be able to see it and know that I’m not alone (is helpful).

“We’re told that where two or three are gathered, (Jesus) is in your presence. Well, I’m one of one in my school. Is God with me still? The answer is, ‘Yes.’ Even though I’m in North Carolina and someone else is in New Hampshire, we’re still … praying together,” she told The Criterion, newspaper of the Indianapolis Archdiocese. “We’re still gathered together, and he’s there.”

In her words, Long captured the church’s youthful vitality and diverse universality. Both were on display Nov. 21 as conference attendees were led in worship on the feast of Christ the King by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, who was the principal celebrant.

During his opening remarks at the Mass, Cardinal Rodriguez shared with his young listeners the mission they were being given as they returned to their homes.

“This is not the end,” he said. “This is the beginning of another stage when you will go back to your places in order to spread the kingdom of Jesus Christ.”

In his homily, Cardinal Rodriguez reflected on the feast of Christ the King that the church was celebrating that weekend.

“Today, we want to celebrate all his triumphs in one single feast, especially established to show Jesus as the only sovereign (in) a society that seems to want to turn its back on God and not acknowledge any of this,” said the cardinal, who is a close adviser of Pope Francis.

Cardinal Rodriguez later exhorted his “young brothers and sisters” “to spread out his reign of love, with all the values of the kingdom.”

The kingdom of Christ, he said, is “the salt of the earth, the light of the world, the leaven of the dough, a sign of salvation in order to build a more just world, more brotherly, one based on Gospel values, the hope and eternal joy to which we are all called.”

The feast of Christ the King also leads the Catholic Church to consider its ultimate fulfillment at the end of time, and the relevance of that future event to the world here and now, he said.

“Today’s feast is like experiencing an anticipation of the second coming of Christ in power and majesty, the glorious coming which will fill the hearts and will dry forever the tears of unhappiness,” Cardinal Rodriguez said. “And, at the same time, it is an encouragement to make real this experience of the second coming by our good works, because the hope of a new earth should not scare us.

“Rather, it should strengthen our commitment to cultivate the earth, where that body of a new human family grows and can give us an advance taste of the new world.”

In addition to the 23,000 youths participating in the Mass, approximately 250 priests concelebrated. The liturgy also featured 18 bishops, 50 deacons and 50 seminarians.

The NCYC closing Mass capped the conference that began Nov. 19 and took place in the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis has hosted the last three conferences, which are held every two years. It is scheduled to host the next one in 2017. The conference is sponsored by the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry.

While many Catholic youths traveled thousands of miles to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference, Frankie Auriemma’s trip to the event only took about 20 minutes.

A member of St. Susanna Parish in Plainfield, a suburb of Indianapolis, Auriemma was proud that the archdiocese was hosting so many Catholic youths from across the country as she looked upon the attendees in the stadium prior to the start of the closing liturgy.

“It’s here in our hometown. That’s crazy,” she said. “We get to be the hometown. I can say, ‘Yeah, I’m from Indianapolis. It’s cool. This is my home turf.’ It makes me really proud. This is where I grew up. I’ve been here my whole life.”

Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin expressed his pride in the Catholic Church in central and southern Indiana for working hard to host the youth conference by telling the story of St. Mary Parish in Lanesville, which sent 20 youths to the conference and also 40 volunteers.

“Young people face particular challenges today,” Archbishop Tobin said. “In the heart, we know what it means to be young. And we can serve them. I’m so pleased that so many people in the archdiocese believe in the young people.”

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Italian journalists standing trial in a Vatican court defended their right to freedom of the press, while the Vatican prosecution said the way they acquired confidential information was illegal.

All five people accused of involvement in leaking and publishing confidential documents about Vatican finances were present at the opening of the criminal trial in a Vatican courtroom Nov. 24.

The accused are: Spanish Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See; Francesca Chaouqui, a member of the former Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See; Nicola Maio, who served as personal assistant to Msgr. Vallejo Balda when he worked on the commission; and the journalists, Gianluigi Nuzzi, author of “Merchants in the Temple,” and Emiliano Fittipaldi, author of “Avarice.”

Msgr. Vallejo Balda, Chaouqui and Maio were accused of “committing several illegal acts of divulging news and documents concerning fundamental interests of the Holy See and (Vatican City) State.” Nuzzi and Fittipaldi were accused of “soliciting and exercising pressure, especially on (Msgr.) Vallejo Balda, in order to obtain confidential documents and news.”

The Vatican court granted Fittipaldi’s request to address the courtroom at the trial’s opening session. He expressed his “disbelief” at finding himself being tried by a non-Italian court system when he wrote and published a book in Italy.

He said the charges against him were not “for publishing false or defamatory news, but simply for publishing news, an act protected by the Italian Constitution,” as well as European and universal human rights conventions.

Article 10 of the Vatican criminal code states that whoever “illegitimately obtains or reveals news or documents” that are confidential can face a fine between 1,000 and 5,000 euros and possible imprisonment from six months to two years. Classified information dealing with diplomatic relations or “fundamental interests” of the Holy See or Vatican City State carry more severe penalties, including a maximum eight-year prison sentence.

The Vatican criminalized the release of “news and documents” in July 2013. The move came in the wake of the first so-called “VatiLeaks” trial in 2012 when Pope Benedict XVI’s butler was charged with “aggravated theft” for giving Vatican documents and papal correspondence to Nuzzi.

The updated criminal laws were approved by Pope Francis.

At the first session of the trial, Emanuela Bellardini, Msgr. Vallejo Balda’s court-appointed attorney, objected that there was not enough time to examine and prepare a proper defense.

Fittipaldi and his Vatican-appointed defense lawyer argued that the court summons did not specify the documents he stands accused of releasing and therefore makes his defense impossible.

The Vatican’s assistant prosecutor, Roberto Zannotti, responded to Fittipaldi’s objection, arguing that the trial is not meant to infringe on freedom of the press and is not about the publication of documents, but that he was to “be held accountable” for the illegal way he allegedly obtained the documents published in his book “Avarice.”

All five defendants were represented by Vatican court-appointed attorneys. Msgr. Vallejo Balda, Chaouqui, and Nuzzi requested the Vatican’s appellate court to allow them to be represented by their own lawyers. However, shortly after the proceedings, Nuzzi tweeted that the appellate court denied his request.

Nuzzi told the pool reporters present in the courtroom, “We are not martyrs, we are journalists,” who were just doing their job and that certain principles needed to be upheld.

Giuseppe Dalla Torre, head of the tribunal for the Vatican City State, along with three Vatican judges deliberated about the introductory motions privately for 45 minutes. The judges overruled Fittipaldi and Bellardini’s objections and scheduled the next trial date for Nov. 30.

The Vatican judges said Msgr. Vallejo Balda would be the first to take the stand, followed by Chaouqui and the other defendants over the course of a week.

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After consultation with the governing council of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Pope Francis named Msgr. Steven J. Lopes to be the first bishop of the ordinariate, which serves former Anglicans living in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

The appointment of Bishop-designate Lopes, 40, was announced by the Vatican Nov. 24 along with the announcement that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, 63, who had led the ordinariate since its establishment by Pope Benedict XVI Jan. 1, 2012.

“This is the happy outcome of much careful consultation with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to whom I first made this request almost a year ago,” Msgr. Steenson said in a statement posted on the ordinariate’s website. “I welcome this news with all my heart, for the ordinariate has now progressed to the point where a bishop is much needed for our life and mission.”

The personal ordinariate, similar to a diocese, serves parishes in the United States and Canada. Its offices are in Houston, Texas.

Msgr. Steenson was ineligible to become a bishop because he is married. After 28 years of ministry in the Church of England and in the Episcopal Church in the United States, he and his wife were received into the Catholic Church in 2007. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest two years later.

Bishop-designate Lopes, who was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 2001, has worked at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 2005. And since 2012 he has served as secretary of the Vatican’s “Anglicanae Traditiones” commission, which was responsible for developing “Divine Worship,” the new missal for use in the personal ordinariates. The missal combines elements of the Catholic and Anglican liturgical traditions.

Although Bishop-designate Lopes was not raised in the Anglican tradition, Msgr. Steenson said he had worked so closely with former Anglicans and with the establishment of the ordinariates for them that “there is no one who knows better” the personal stories of those who joined the Catholic Church and the history of the creation of the ordinariates for Anglicans who wanted to enter into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church while maintaining elements of their Anglican heritage and liturgy.

Bishop-designate Lopes was born April 22, 1975, in Fremont, California. He studied philosophy at the University of San Francisco and at Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck. He did his seminary studies at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California, and in Rome at the Pontifical North American College. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.

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St. Francis Seraph Catholic School in Over-The-Rhine was the beneficiary of a $1,000 grant from the Kroger Company. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)St. Francis Seraph Catholic School in Over-The-Rhine was the beneficiary of a $1,000 grant from The Kroger Company. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

A spokesperson for The Kroger Company confirmed that the company’s Manufacturing Human Resources Department, based at the corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, donated $1,000 to families at St. Francis Seraph Catholic School in Over-The-Rhine.

Traci Hooks, a volunteer coordinator at St. Francis Seraph, said the donation was initiated by a former volunteer at the school named Marissa Gleis, who works for Kroger. Hooks said a group of employees from the Manufacturing Human Resources Department also donated Thanksgiving-related food items to school families.

“St. Francis Seraph has (an over 90 percent) poverty rate among our students,” Hooks told the CT via email. “We look for donors to help our needy families with Thanksgiving meals and Christmas…This is a great gift to our families and fits our mission of Franciscan charity.”

The $1,ooo grant will be used to purchase food for families in need in the St. Francis Seraph school community.

Kroger Public Affairs Manager for the Cincinnati/Dayton Division Patty Leesemann said the company is involved in many hunger relief efforts including its Food from the Heart campaign in collaboration with St. Vincent DePaul and Shared Harvest, as well as Food for Friends, another initiative with Shared Harvest and the Dayton Food Bank. To kick off those campaigns, Kroger donated 17,000 pounds of food. The grocery store chain also has opportunities for customers to make donations at the checkout counter to support the Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati, Shared Harvest in Butler County and Foodbank in Dayton.

St. Francis Seraph is one of eight schools served by the Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund (CISE).

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DERWOOD, Md. (CNS) –- Dorothy Day’s granddaughter Martha Hennessy looks a little like her grandmother with her pulled-back white hair, and although she is soft spoken, she likely sounds just like her activist grandmother, too, when talking about helping the poor and promoting peace.

Hennessy spoke about such topics and the influence and memories of her grandmother, who is a candidate for sainthood, at a morning talk Nov. 21 in the church basement of St. Francis of Assisi in Derwood.

Her observations, to a group of about 50 people sitting at long cafeteria tables, were not just sentimental musings but challenges, stressing, for example, that Catholics have a responsibility to respond to violence, poverty and wars.

She also spoke candidly about her grandmother, noting that even though Day was quoted as saying: “Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed so easily,” she is pretty sure her grandmother is “great with the idea” now.

She said the church needs Day’s example as a laywoman, mother and grandmother who lived her faith intentionally.

Hennessy, 60, is one of Day’s nine grandchildren. Seven are still living. Her mother, Tamar, Day’s only child, died in 2008. Hennessy, who has three children and five grandchildren, has distinct childhood memories of Day who died in 1980 but she also remembers her as an adult since she was 25, and was raising her 2-year-old son, when her grandmother died.

Day’s influence on Hennessy, 60, is palpable. “She has played a role in every decision in my life,” Hennessy told the group.

Her first memory of Day is when she was 3, at her home sitting on her grandmother’s lap and listening to her tell a story.

“We were all enthralled when she came,” Hennessy said, adding: “I believe that was my first awareness of the presence of God being that close to her heart and hearing her voice resonate in her chest.”

She remembers how her grandmother was sustained by prayer: saying the rosary, attending daily Mass and reading the lives of the saints. She also found her spiritual path living in communion with the poor.

Hennessy, a retired occupational therapist who lives in Vermont, also spends a good deal of time living with the poor by volunteering at the Catholic Worker Maryhouse in East Village, a New York City neighborhood, where she cooks, washes dishes and answers the door and the phone, or as she puts it: what she would do at home. She also has visited war-torn regions to meet and speak with people and has been arrested a handful of times for acts of civil disobedience protesting war, drone use and pollutants.

The experience at the Catholic Worker houses of hospitality — a movement founded by her grandmother and Peter Maurin — always pushes her beyond herself, she said, which she described as part of the blessings of the homes.

“We can’t isolate ourselves from the poor,” she said.

Living with the poor, she added, is the only way to know what they experience on a daily basis. “It places us in solidarity with them and is the only way we can begin to understand the injustices they experience.”

Helping others is no doubt in Hennessy’s DNA, as is her Catholicism, but her involvement with the church is something she has only returned to in the past 10 years. It’s been a journey, she told the group at the Maryland suburban church.

These days she gives about a dozen talks a year at colleges or parishes, talking about her grandmother and the legacy she left behind.

Days before her visit to the parish, Hennessy attended the U.S. bishops’ annual fall general assembly in Baltimore representing The Catholic Worker newspaper as one of its editors. Just three years ago at the meeting, the bishops, by voice vote, endorsed Day’s sainthood cause, which was opened in 2000 and she was given the title of “servant of God.”

During a news briefing at this year’s meeting, Hennessy asked if the bishops would condemn the possibility of escalating war with Syria after the recent attacks in Paris. Archbishop Joseph E Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the bishops would approach the current situation in the church’s tradition of just-war theory, which among other criteria asks whether the damage inflicted by the aggressor is “lasting, grave and certain” and examines whether all other means to ending the aggression “impractical or ineffective.”

Archbishop Kurtz said the bishops would be in union with the pope’s view and also “see war is not a solution to problems.”

Hennessy reminded the bishops that two months earlier Pope Francis singled out her grandmother as one of four Americans who had made the country better in his speech to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. Besides Day, he mentioned the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln and Trappist Father Thomas Merton. Hennessy said three of the four names he mentioned were pacifists who favored nonviolence.

Coincidentally, when the pope was making this address, Hennessy was in the middle of a three day fast and vigil across the street from the United Nations with a group advocating their solidarity with the pope’s messages about caring for the poor and the environment.

She attended the pope’s Mass at Madison Square Garden in New York which she said she is still trying to process. “It wasn’t the best venue, but his holy presence was still felt there in that huge space,” she said.

Hennessy told the parish group, many of whom were more than familiar with her grandmother’s works and writings, that she said what needed to be said at the bishops’ meeting, but it wasn’t something that fell on her shoulders alone.

“All of us are responsible to speak out against war,” she said.

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The educational alliance among families, schools and states is broken, causing a serious situation that leads to selecting to educate only “supermen” chosen solely based on intelligence or wealth, Pope Francis said.

“Behind this, there is always the ghost of money — always,” he said. Education has become “too selective and elitist. It seems that only those people or persons who are at a certain level or have a certain capacity have the right to an education.”

The pope held an impromptu question-and-answer session Nov. 21 during an audience with more than 2,000 participants in a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Christian Education and the 25th anniversary of “Ex Corde Ecclesiae,” St. John Paul II’s apostolic constitution on Catholic universities.

Taking questions from administrators and faculty members, the pope spoke about Catholic identity in education and warned about the dangers of exclusion and educating within “the walls” of a selective and safe culture.

Roberto Zappala, headmaster of Milan’s Gonzaga Institute, asked the pope what makes a school “truly Christian.” Christian education, the pope responded, is not just about providing catechesis, but requires educating children and young people “in human values,” particularly the value of transcendence.

Educating that is too focused on the tangible and ignores the spiritual dimension of existence is “the biggest crisis” facing Christian education, he said. “We must prepare hearts so the Lord can manifest himself,” which requires an education that strives to reflect “the fullness of humanity that has this dimension of transcendence,” he said.

Spanish Lasallian Christian Brother Juan Antonio Ojeda, a professor at the University of Malaga, asked the pope how educators can foster a culture of encounter and restore the broken bonds among schools, families and society.

The pope said Catholic educators must overcome a tendency of being selective and must work to restore the broken “educational alliance” among families, schools and society, which tends to place profit over people.

“This is a shameful global reality,” the pope said. “It is a reality that leads us toward a human selectivity that, instead of bringing people together, it distances them; it distances the rich from the poor; it distances one culture from another.”

Educators, he continued, “are among the worst-paid workers: what does this mean? It means that the state simply has no interest. If it did, things wouldn’t go that way. The educational alliance is broken. And this is our job, to find new paths.”

The pope called on both families and educators to take “reasonable risks” in educating children and youth, helping them to grow.

When asked how Catholic schools could contribute to building peace in the world, the pope called on them to educate the poor and the marginalized even if that meant cutting the staff at some of their schools in wealthier neighborhoods.

“They have something that youth from rich neighborhoods do not through no fault of their own, but it is a sociological reality: they have the experience of survival, of cruelty, of hunger, of injustice. They have a wounded humanity. And I think about the fact that our salvation comes from the wounds of a man injured on the cross,” he said.

Pope Francis also gave the participants a homework assignment: to think about how to fulfill the corporal and spiritual works of mercy through education.

“Think about it in this Year of Mercy: is mercy just about giving alms or how can I do the works of mercy in education?” he said.

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The interior "stacks" area of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati archives preserved a historic fireplace and skylight. The renovation project was honored with the Rehabilitation Award from the Cincinnati Preservation Association. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)The interior “stacks” area of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati archives preserved a historic fireplace and skylight. The renovation project was honored with the Rehabilitation Award from the Cincinnati Preservation Association. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Historic preservation of buildings tends to happen in one of two ways. Either a building is painstakingly restored to its original use and function, or it is adapted to serve a new purpose.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Chancery Archives building located at 25 E. 8th Street in downtown Cincinnati has won an award for its efforts in accomplishing the latter.

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The archives renovation was one of 14 projects in the greater Cincinnati area honored Nov. 8 by the Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA). The archives was honored with the Rehabilitation Award for repurposing the 165-year-old building. Once home of the Literary Club of Cincinnati — with members like Rutherford B. Hayes and William Howard Taft — the building has served many functions over the years. Before becoming home to the archive, it had been a television studio owned by the archdiocese.

“We are very honored and excited to earn this award,” said Jeff Bohrer, director of property management and real estate for the archdiocese. “We felt we had something very special in the design and renovation of the archives building, and being recognized for the efforts is very validating.  Our architect for the project did amazing things to blend the historic building architecture with modern day energy efficient design, and our contractor turned the facility into a space we are all very proud to call the archives.”

The rehabilitation preserved many core pieces of architecture and design while giving the building a modern aesthetic.

“It was just an exceptional project,” said David Muller, executive director of the CPA. “Sometimes we give this for the renovation of a building being historically accurate, and sometimes its for an adaptive reuse that takes an old building into a new set of uses and a new life. That’s was this project was.”

The building now features state of the art HVAC systems and other upgrades  to best preserve its treasures, but it also maintained an ornate fireplace and skylight that were part of the original design.

“They did a very sensitive job of restructuring the internal space but keeping a sense of the original historic architecture,” Muller said. “That’s what our jury was most impressed with. That wonderful balance.”

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati archives building was designed by architect Chip Williamson and Chameleon Architecture.

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By Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — This year’s Vatican Christmas stamps feature a 15th-century manuscript illumination of the Holy Family.

Flanked by a lowing ox and a donkey, Mary and Joseph pray over baby Jesus as angels sing above and poor shepherds approach.

The image, painted by an unknown artist, is from the Codices Urbinates Latini 239 (1477-1478) from the Vatican Library.

The special edition stamps went on sale Nov. 19 in two denominations of 80 euro cents and 95 euro cents in sheets of 10. The Vatican post office and Philatelic and Numismatic Office also offer a collector’s booklet containing four 95 euro-cent stamps and commemorative cover for 3.80 euro.

All order requests should be made by email to: The Vatican stamp office will then send a proper order form and methods of payment.

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By Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Show kindness, understanding and mercy in today’s broken and wounded world, Pope Francis said.

“Before so many lacerations in the world and too many wounds on the flesh of humanity, let us ask the Virgin Mary to support us in our commitment to imitate Jesus, our king, making his kingdom present with gestures of tenderness, understanding and mercy,” he said Nov. 22 — the feast of Christ the King — during his Sunday Angelus address.

The pope’s words came the same day he had a telegram sent to the people of Mali, expressing his condolences and spiritual closeness to those affected by the latest deadly attacks there. At least 22 people were killed Nov. 20 when gunmen raided a luxury hotel in Bamako and held 170 people hostage.

The telegram, sent on the pope’s behalf by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said the pope strongly condemned and was “appalled by this senseless violence.”

“The pope implores God for the conversion of hearts and the gift of peace and invokes an abundance of divine blessings on all those affected by this tragedy,” said the telegram, which was sent to Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako.

At the end of the midday Angelus appointment in St. Peter’s Square, the pope also asked people pray for his Nov. 25-30 visit to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic.

He prayed the trip — his first to Africa — would be “a sign of closeness and love. Let us together ask Our Lady to bless these beloved lands, so that there would be peace and prosperity.” 

The pope also sent a video message to the people of Kenya and Uganda, saying he was coming as “a minister of the Gospel, to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ and his message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peace.” He said he hoped the trip would be “a source of hope and encouragement to all.”

“My visit is meant to confirm the Catholic community in its worship of God and its witness to the Gospel, which teaches the dignity of every man and woman and commands us to open our hearts to others, especially the poor and those in need,” he said in the message, sent Nov. 23.

He encouraged all people, not just Catholics, “to foster mutual understanding and respect, and to support each other as members of our one human family. For all of us are God’s children.”

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One of many orchestras, choirs, and other ensembles offering Chriistmas concerts , the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra and special guest Nancy James willl peform next weekend.

One of many orchestras, choirs, and other ensembles offering Chriistmas concerts , the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra and special guest Nancy James willl peform next weekend.

Advent doesn’t begin until Sunday, but in the United States the official Christmas Season begins the day after Thanksgiving. Start the day of feasting with a race aimed at thanking God and feeding others, then look forward to 10 days of concerts and gift buying, as well as a men’s retreat, Advent reflections at Cincinnati’s cathedral (bring a lunch!), and an art exhibit:

Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Day “Gobble Wobble – Feeding the Hungry Race at All Saints Parish – St. John’s Campus (Dover, IN); proceeds benefit the Sunman & North. Chip timed; prizes by age category. All faiths welcome to this race to give thanks to God by giving food to others; optional pre-race Mass at 7:30 am. Fee ranges from $12 – $28 depending on age (children 5 and under free). Race time 9 am.

Nov. 27-29 Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt at Fountain Square. Traditional German food and crafts, music, entertainment presented by are German-American organizations, many of them Catholic. It’s the fourth year for this German-themed market called one of America’s Best Christmas Markets by Travel + Leisure magazine. Official opening Ceremony Nov. 28th at 11 am. For times and entertainment schedule, see

Nov. 29, Advent Begins

Nov. 30, Advent Lunch with the Lord at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains (Cincinnati), noon – 1 pm (following 11:30 Mass). Fr. Mark Burger will offer Advent reflections in the Synod Hall, accompanied by musicians. Bring a lunch; soft drinks and water available to purchase. No fee.

Dec. 3, Angel Night at Calvary Cemetery (Dayton, OH), 5:30 – 9 pm. Walking and riding tours of the historic garden cemetery, illuminated for the night to emphasize its many Victorian statues of angels; live music in the St. Henry Chapel; cookie decorating, children’s craft, refreshments; more. Music includes performances by the Beavercreek Brass, the Gem City Chorus, the Chaminade-Julienne High School choir, the Kettering Children’s Choir, the Holy Angels Contemporary Choir, and the Miami Valley Music men. Debuting in 2010, the event has become a family tradition for many. For information call 293-1221.

Dec. 4-5, “The Healing Presence of God” Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH). Sponsored by St. Gertrude (Madeira, OH) Men’s Ministry; featuring Fr. Benedict Croell, OP, and Fr. James Brent, OP. Day-only and overnight options; for information call (513) 289-5268.

Dec. 4-6, Cincideutsch Christkindlmarkt at Fountain Square. Traditional German food and crafts, music, entertainment presented by are German-American organizations, many of them Catholic. It’s the fourth year for this German-themed market called one of America’s Best Christmas Markets by Travel + Leisure magazine. For times and entertainment schedule, see

Dec. 4 – Jan. 8, “There’s Something About Mary” Exhibit at Xavier University Art Gallery. Opening Reception: Dec. 4, 6 – 8 pm (no fee). Catholic artist Holly Schapker shares a contemporary view of the ongoing revelation of Mary. Information: (513) 745-3811. at The Underground (Fairfield, OH) 6:30 – 10 pm. Featuring e Alex Venturato. Worship, dynamic talks, Eucharistic adoration, opportunity for confession, fellowship. For  information see

Dec. 6, “A Christmas Portrait” Concert by the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra and singers at the Seton Performance Hall (Price Hill/Cincinnati), 3 pm. Classical, traditional and modern selections, audience sing-a-longs, and a special appearance by Santa! Featuring special guest Nancy James, known to many for her years on the Bob Braun Show, performing Christmas favorites including songs written and made popular by Ruth Lyons. From “Merry Christmas, Darling” to “O Holy Night,” there’s something for everyone – and you won’t want to miss the extra special finale, “Jingle Bells Forever.” No fee (donations welcome).For information see or call the CMO Hotline at  (513)941-8956.

Dec. 6, Christmas Art Sale and Cathedral Advent Concert at Covington Latin School, 11 am. Shop for Christmas gifts and listen to Advent music. For information, call 859.291.7044.

Dec. 6, Musica Sacra Christmas Concert at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer (Hyde Park/Cincinnati), 3 pm. Cincinnati’s 60-member sacred music choir will present its annual Christmas concert. Sant-Saens’s Oratorio de Noel; Vaughan-Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols. No fee. For information about the choir, including how to audition, including how to audition, click here.

And don’t forget… the Extraordinary Jubillee Year of Mercy Starts Dec. 8th!

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Students at McAuley High School (College Hill/Cincinnati) with the food they collected to provide Thanksgiving feasts to 96 College Hill families.

Students at McAuley High School (College Hill/Cincinnati) with the food they collected to provide Thanksgiving feasts to 96 College Hill families.

McAuley High School (College Hill/Cincinnati)’s November collection of food items and cash yielded a big harvest this year: enough to feed 96 needy families a Thanksgiving dinner. Donations from students and staff will go to Christ’s Community in College Hill, a coalition ministry run by area churches to help cross their racial, cultural, economic, social, and denominational boundaries while helping neighbors. The Kroger Co. donated bags to carry the featss; cash contributions totaling almost $2000 will go to purchase turkeys.

Photo courtesy McAuley High School.

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At 52 ft., the statue of Jesus “The Light of the World” at Solid Rock Church in Monroe, OH, is one of the world’s tallest,. but is still dwarfed by some of its giant cousins.

The website ChurchPOP recently ran a list of the tallest statues of Jesus in the world, and we made the list with the statue replacing “Touchdown Jesus” in Monroe, OH.


Dedicated to “shareable Christian fun, humor, and inspiration,” most of it Catholic, ChurchPOP runs photos, videos, comics, infographics, and other items with popular appeal. It’s lists (“19 of the Most Breathaking Statues of Our Lady”} are designed to be enjoyed and shared.

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Not the tallest, but the most famous: the Art Deco style statue “Christ the Redeemer” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is generally considered artistically noteworthy.

The introduction to this list, “16 of the Tallest Statues of Our Lord Jesus from Around the World,” cautions that it may not be exhaustive — apparently there are so many tall statues of Jesus that it’s hard to list them all. 


Next to the tallest, a 118-ft. statue of Christ the King in Poland, Monroe’s 52-ft. statue “Light of the World” isn’t all that impressive. But to anyone driving past the nondeonminational Solid Rock Church on I-71, it’s pretty impressive. Designed to look as if the Lord is welcoming visitors, the statue by artist Tom Tsuchiya replaces a far more controversial one that was destroyed by lightning in 2010, to the delight of athesits (and some art critics).

 The 72-ft. statue "Heart of Jesus" in Romania is made of polished metal rather than stone or a stone substitute.

Something you don’t see everyday: The 72-ft. statue “Heart of Jesus” in Romania is made of polished metal rather than stone or a stone substitute.

That statue depicted Christ’s head, shoulders, and arms rising from an artificial lake, in a way that many viewers thought made him look as if he were signaling a touchdown while sinking into the water. This Christ seems to be walking on the lake, which people seem to find more fitting as the new statue has not been the target of internet memes, amateur art criticism, or parody songs.


But like the statue or hate it — and let’s face it, no statue will ever please everyone — the list shows that things could be a lot worse.

 Monroe's statue is a replacement for a much-parodied statue of Jesus that appeared to be rising (or sinking) from the church's artificial lake. While the new statue initially took some ribbing for as being too sentimental, some of the statues on this list should make residents glad they got sentiment over, for example, the 98-ft. statue "Jesus Blesses" in Manadao City, Indonesia.

It could be worse: Monroe’s statue is a replacement for a much-parodied statue of Jesus that appeared to be rising (or sinking) from the church’s artificial lake. While the new statue initially took some ribbing for as being too sentimental, some of the statues on this list should make residents glad they got sentiment over, for example, the 98-ft. statue “Jesus Blesses” in Manadao City, Indonesia.

All photos compiled by ChurchPOP via Wikipedia Commons.

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After years of experimenting, I always come back to this pecan pie recipe -- the simplest and best.

After years of experimenting, I always come back to this pecan pie recipe — the simplest and best.

Rita’s Recipe runs Tuesday this week because of Thursday’s holiday… there’s still time to bake pie!

I have been making variations of this for years and always come back to this simple recipe.

  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanila
  • 1-3/4 cups pecans, coarsely chopped or in halves  – chopped are easier to slice into
  • 9″ pastry crust

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla. Stir in pecans. Pour filling into pie crust.

Bake on center rack of oven for 60 to 70 minutes. It will have reached 200 degrees in the center and will spring back when tapped lightly.  Cool for 2 hours on wire rack before serving

Note: If pie crust is overbrowning, cover edges with foil.


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. An 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. In 2014 she was inducted into the Escoffier Hall of Fame. 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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