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Follow the voice of the Good Shepherd, Pope Francis reminds Catholics

Posted on: May 4th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Pope Francis underlined the importance of having the ability to tell the difference between right and wrong this weekend.

On the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Sunday May 3, the pope spoke of the Gospel of the day, dedicated to Jesus the Good Shepherd. During the Regina Coeli, the pope discussed John 10:3, reciting, 'the sheep hear His voice, as He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.' The... read more

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Crosses removed from two Chinese Catholic churches could indicate ‘larger crackdown’

Posted on: May 1st, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Crosses being removed from the tops of Chinese churches could be ‘an indication of a larger crackdown,’ Open Doors International has warned.

Open Doors, an organisation that fights Christian persecution in countries where it is most rife, spoke out after it was revealed that government officials in China were alleged to have targeting Catholic and Protestant churches in the Anhui Diocese and Suzhou City areas in April. China ranks at 23rd on Open... read more

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Pope Francis reflects on importance of workers at Mass

Posted on: May 1st, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Pope Francis offered Mass for workers today as the Church celebrates the feast of St Joseph the Worker.

During Mass this morning, the pope prayed and reflected on the importance of dignity and justice in the world of work. He said: "Today, on the feast of St Joseph the Worker and the day dedicated to workers, let us pray for all workers, so that no one might be without... read more

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Masses across the USA to resume as bishop work on safe ways to reopen churches

Posted on: May 1st, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Parishioners in the US are expecting to be able to attend Mass again, as bishops across the nation are working on methods to safely reopen churches.

Bishops in dioceses across the U.S. are turning their attention to how best to reopen Masses to the public and more readily celebrating the sacraments while protecting the safety of worshippers and adhering to state guidance on mitigating the spread of the coronavirus. One New Mexico diocese resumed public Masses in... read more

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German bishops criticise predecessors’ WWII failings

Posted on: April 30th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

German bishops have criticised the actions of their predecessors as they marked the upcoming 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

In a statement released yesterday, the bishops of Germany said that during the Nazi regime, their predecessors did not oppose the war of annihilation started, or the crimes the regime committed, adding that they gave the war a religious meaning. Bishop Georg Batzing, president of the Bishops' Conference of Germany, also... read more


Chinese government removing crosses from church tops, sources claim

Posted on: April 29th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Communist authorities in China have been removing the crosses from the tops of Catholic Churches, sources have alleged.

In the Anhui Diocese in China, authorities are alleged to have removed the cross of Our Lady of the Rosary Church on April 18, according to UCA news. The news comes from a man who identified as 'John'—who says he is from the diocese. He said the parish was registered with the... read more

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Show Christian concern for civil society, pope says

Posted on: April 29th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Pope Francis has asked Christians to join their love for the Church with a concern for civil society during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today marks the feast of St Catherine of Sienna and the pope prayed that people may be inspired by her example. He asked for her intercession to 'protect Italy during this pandemic' and that, as the patron saint of Europe, she would help the continent stay united as one. He spoke of... read more

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US places of worship could reopen soon, according to draft White House guidelines

Posted on: April 29th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

The reopening of places of worship are included in a series of guidelines drafted by the White House.

In newly drafted guidelines, a section of faith communities says the government 'may consider and accept of reject' the guidelines, consistent with their own faith tradition.' The 17-page draft, which is based on the recommendations from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, was published by The Washington Post on April... read more


Pope prays for Europe and calls all Christians to ‘concreteness’

Posted on: April 29th, 2020 by Ryan McDougall No Comments

Pope Francis offered Mass this morning for unity in Europe, reflecting on the grace of concreteness.

Speaking from the Casa Santa Marta today, he said: "Let us pray for Europe, for the unity of the European Union, so that everyone together might move forward as brothers and sisters." He moved on, stating that the First Reading (1 John 1:5-2:2) talks of the contracts between light and darkness,... read more

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Dunfermline priest brings joy to parishioners with online musical performances

Posted on: April 28th, 2020 No Comments

A Dunfermline priest is jamming online with his accordion to the delight of his parishioners and all who follow with his parish Facebook page.

Fr Chris Heenan, parish priest of St Margaret's Church in Dunfermline, performs daily and streams his talents on Facebook. The priest is live streaming himself celebrating Mass online. He performs a variety of different styles on his instrument, including traditional Scottish music, polkas, waltzes and reels. He said: "I started because I... read more

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