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Vatican Commission to consider women deacons

August 2nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

by Amanda Connelly A Vatican statement today said that ‘after intense prayer and mature reflection, His Holiness has decided to set up the Commission to study the diaconate of women’. The historic announcement comes after the topic of women serving as deacons was initially raised with the Holy Father in May. The president of the Commission will be secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J. Also among the Commission members is Phyllis Zagano, an expert on the subject of female deacons. Both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope St John Paul II were opposed to the move, ... continue reading.
Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Bangui, Central African Republic, to Rome Nov. 30. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See story to come.

The world is at war, warns Pope

July 27th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Holy Father has paid tribute to Fr Jacques Hamel who was murdered in France yesterday.... continue reading.


Cardinal Sarah urges priests to face the east during Mass

July 8th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Vatican’s liturgy chief, has asked priests to begin celebrating Mass facing east rather than towards the congregation.... continue reading.

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Pope urges love on Armenia trip

June 27th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis called on Christians to define themselves by ‘acts of love and kindness’ during his three-day visit to Armenia this weekend.... continue reading.

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard flight from Manila to Rome

Pope says EU referendum result is ‘will of the people’

June 24th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Brexit backed by 52% to 48% across Britain. ... continue reading.


Vital role of deacons celebrated for Year of Mercy Jubilee

June 10th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE role of deacons was celebrated from the Vatican to Carfin for the Year of Mercy Jubilee for deacons at the end of May.... continue reading.


Pope Francis leads Jubilee of Priests retreats

June 3rd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

"Nothing unites us to God more than an act of mercy," the Pope says... continue reading.

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Pope talks to children of tragic death of refugee girl

June 3rd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The story of a young migrant girl who drowned at sea was at the heart of Pope Francis’ address to some 400 children who on Saturday had traveled to the Vatican from the southern Italian region of Calabria.... continue reading.

Scalan 300th anniversary celebrations begin

June 2nd, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Mass and association AGM ahead of the annual Mass on the first Sunday in July in the once ‘illegal’ seminary... continue reading.

Support priests with closeness and affection, Holy Father says

June 1st, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In his general audience address, Holy Father asks for prayers during Jubilee of Priests... continue reading.

Pope, Imam’s meeting is the ‘message’

May 27th, 2016 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis met with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, Egypt, generally considered the highest authority in the roughly 1.3 billion-strong Sunni Muslim world.... continue reading.

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