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Positive Vatican report on women religious in the US

December 16th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Vatican has published the results of its Apostolic visitation examining the quality of female religious communities across the US in a report described as realistic yet largely positive. Voicing thanks to women religious for their service to the Church, the Vatican congregation in charge of religious life also encouraged them to remember to keep Christ at the centre of their communities. The congregation asked the women religious to ‘carefully review their spiritual practices and ministry’ to ensure that they are ‘in harmony with Catholic teaching about God, creation, the Incarnation and the Redemption.’ Launched in 2009 to examine the quality of ... continue reading.

Decrying the suffering of those persecuted for faith

December 12th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has decried the suffering experienced by those persecuted for their faith. He made the comments in a video message delivered to the displaced Iraqi Christians last Saturday. ... continue reading.


Pope: Be open to God’s consolation

December 8th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis asked that during Advent the faithful prepare for the Lord’s coming by being open to God’s consolation... continue reading.


Year of Consecrated Life officially begins

December 5th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell opened the Year of Consecrated Life in the diocese with a Mass in St Bride’s Church, Bothwell, last Saturday ahead of Pope Francis’ call to priests and those in religious life ‘to wake up the world.... continue reading.


Peace call and prayers on Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey

December 5th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

On the last day of his visit to Turkey, Pope Francis condemned Friday’s bomb attack on a busy Mosque in Kano, northern Nigeria at the end of a joint Liturgical prayer service that he held with the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I.... continue reading.


100 years of diplomatic relations between Holy See and the United Kingdom to be celebrated in Rome

December 3rd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishops Philip Tartaglia and Leo Cushley will be present as the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates a Mass in St Peter’s Outside the Walls... continue reading.

Pope Francis greets 'comfort women' as he arrives to celebrate Mass for peace and for reconciliation of North and South Korea

Holy Father’s anti-slavery drive wins historic interfaith support

December 2nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The leaders of the world’s major religions gathered together in the Vatican this morning to support Pope Francis’ drive to eliminate modern slavery.... continue reading.

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Year of consecrated life begins at the weekend

November 28th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Year of Consecrated life officially gets underway this weekend at the start of the Liturgical year with events to mark its opening around the country and world.... continue reading.

Pope brings pro-life message to European Parliament

November 25th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father only second Pontiff to address the parliament... continue reading.

Guinean cardinal named as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

November 24th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Cardinal Robert Sarah takes over from Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera who was made Archbishop of Valencia in August... continue reading.

Euthanasia is a ‘sin against God’

November 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis denounces practice amid latest efforts to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland... continue reading.

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