This weeks vatican news

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Pope Francis issues call for abolition of the death penalty

October 31st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In an audience with delegates from the International Association of Penal Law, the Pope decried the ‘growing conviction’ in recent decades ‘that through public punishment it is possible to solve different and disparate social problems, as if for different diseases one could prescribe the same medicine.’ “It is impossible to imagine that today (there are) states which cannot make use of means other than capital punishment to defend the life of other persons from unjust aggressors,” the Holy Father said. During his speech, the Pope called on ‘all Christians and people of goodwill… to fight not only for the abolition of ... continue reading.
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Exorcists encourage ‘Holyween’ over Halloween

October 30th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Italian Church has suggested Halloween be renamed as ‘Holyween’, a festival where children partake in prayer vigils dressed as Saints (pictured above). ... continue reading.


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Christians face terrorism in the Middle East

October 24th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Report on the consistory... continue reading.


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The family debate is not over

October 24th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

After final synod document, Pope calls for Church to keep discussions moving forward... continue reading.


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Vatican honours St John Paul II

October 22nd, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Church today celebrates late Pope’s feast day for the first time.... continue reading.


Pope Francis leads consistory for Mideast and canonizations

Middle East without Christians is unthinkable

October 21st, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Holy Father expresses concerns at opening of consistory of cardinal... continue reading.


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Mid-synod report does not change ‘Church teaching’

October 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A preliminary document released on Monday by the extraordinary synod on the family—suggesting a gentler approach towards gay people and unmarried couples—has been criticised by some taking part in the synod.... continue reading.


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Pope reflects on Christian hope

October 15th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Speaking during his weekly General Audience in Rome, Pope Francis considered hope and its unique relationship to Christianity... continue reading.


Love is the answer to marriage crisis

October 10th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow tells extraordinary synod of need to heal and support couples and the family in Scotland and beyond... continue reading.


No offence to be taken at synod

October 10th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope calls for free and candid discussion at opening meeting of the extraordinary synod on the family; Vatican seeks privacy for meetings... continue reading.


Holy Father going to Lourdes on Papal visit to France

October 7th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to France in 2015, according to an announcement from the Holy See this morning. ... continue reading.



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