Bishop Mitch Goes to “Rome” – Pope Taps Mass. Prelate For St Louis – Christian Article

As the Vatican’s working year wends toward its close at month’s end, a cycle interrupted by a historic outbreak is making up for lost time, and wrapping up with more than one bang. Accordingly, Roman Noon this Wednesday brings another “end-of-school” treat, as the Pope named 61 year-old Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of Springfield (Mass.) as the Tenth Archbishop of St Louis. The first East Coast figure to inherit the “Rome of the West” since the Brooklyn-born John Joseph Carberry –…

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Madison Diocese Says it Will Sue Over Religious Restrictions – Christian Article

Bishop Donald J. hying during his installation Mass. (Diocese of Madison.) Madison Bishop Donald Hying said Wednesday that the Church had an urgent mission to serve the community, one the reopening plan was preventing. Christine Rousselle/CNA. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Attorneys representing the Diocese of Madison sent a letter to Dane County and City of Madison officials on Wednesday, June 3, notifying officials they will file suit if parishes in the diocese are not permitted to operate at the same capacity…

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Vatican orders founder Enzo Bianchi to leave ecumenical Bose community – Christian Article

CNA Staff, May 28, 2020 / 06:00 am MT (CNA).- The Vatican has ordered the prominent Italian Catholic layman Enzo Bianchi to leave the monastery he founded in 1965. The Holy See made the ruling in a decree dated May 13, signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and approved by Pope Francis, following an apostolic visitation.  A statement on the Monastic Community of Bose’s website said the pope had approved the apostolic visitation in response to “serious…

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Churches Should Reopen ‘Right Now’ – Christian Article

President Trump speaking during a press conference at the White House on May 22. (ENN/EWTN) In a speech Friday, President Donald Trump identified houses of worship as “essential places that provide essential services” adding, “we need more prayer, not less.” WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday called on state governors to reopen churches “right now.” At a Friday press briefing, President Trump said that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  would “at my direction” be issuing new guidance for churches…

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Letter Marking St. John Paul II’s Birth Centenary – Christian Article

Pope John Paul II blesses young children during his weekly General Audience. (Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0) Full Text: Pope Benedict XVI’s Letter Marking St. John Paul II’s Birth Centenary Pope emeritus Benedict XVI offers his own reflections as we approach Saint John Paul II’s 100th birthday. Editor’s Note: Here is the full text of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI’s letter marking the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II. The English translation of this letter, dated May 4, was released May…

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COVID-19 Restrictions Reopen Old Wounds of the Catholic Church in France – Christian Article

The French bishops have ‘presented a very rigorous plan’ to the government regarding reopening churches, according to Bishop Matthieu Rougé of the Diocese of Nanterre. (‘AntonyB,’ CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons) The French government has decided to maintain suspension of public Masses during Phase 2 of the pandemic, despite an intense outcry from the clergy and the faithful. PARIS — As France is preparing to initiate “Phase 2” of the coronavirus emergency, starting May 11, the Catholic faithful already know…

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Blood of St. Januarius liquefies in Naples under lockdown – Christian Article

Rome Newsroom, May 3, 2020 / 08:30 am MT (CNA).- The liquefaction of the blood of the early Church martyr St. Januarius occurred Saturday amid the coronavirus lockdown, leading the Archbishop of Naples to bless the city with the miraculous relic. “Dear friends, I have a big announcement to make: even in this time of coronavirus, the Lord through the intercession of St. Januarius has liquified the blood!” Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe said May 2. Cardinal Sepe, the Archbishop of Naples,…

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The ‘greatest reality’ is God’s love, not past disappointments – Christian Article

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2020 / 05:56 am MT (CNA).- Jesus invites us to live with him in the present and not to get stuck in the disappointments and ‘what ifs’ of the past, Pope Francis said in his message before the Regina coeli antiphon on Sunday. Like the disciples Jesus met on the road to Emmaus, as his disciples today we have “opposite directions” we could go, the pope said April 26 via livestream from the Vatican’s apostolic palace.…

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Pope Francis postpones World Youth Day and Meeting of Families due to coronavirus – Christian Article

Vatican City, Apr 20, 2020 / 10:00 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis has decided to postpone by one year World Youth Day and the World Meeting of Families, according to the Vatican. The events were expected to take place during the summers of 2022 and 2021. World Youth Day, programmed for Lisbon, Portugal in August 2022, will now take place in August 2023, according to an April 20 statement from Matteo Bruni, Holy See press office director. The World Meeting…

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Pornography Industry Targets the Isolated in Coronavirus Pandemic – Christian Article

‘Demonic Deal’: Pornography Industry Targets the Isolated in Coronavirus Pandemic Smut is being offered for free — an offer that has drawn harsh criticism from leaders of the fight against sexual exploitation. WASHINGTON — While many Americans are coping with the fear and uncertainty of the global coronavirus pandemic, the pornography industry has responded by providing free access to content — an offer that has drawn harsh criticism from leaders of the fight against sexual exploitation. Global porn consumption rates…

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Person who lives in papal residence tests positive for coronavirus – report – Christian Article

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A person who lives in the same Vatican residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus and is being treated in an Italian hospital, the Rome newspaper Il Messaggero reported on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: General view of Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican City as Italians stay home as part of a lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rome, Italy March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria The Vatican had no comment on the…

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Rome’s church buildings closed through April 3 – Christian Article

Rome, Italy, Mar 12, 2020 / 01:15 pm (CNA).- The vicar general of Rome, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, announced Thursday the closure of all churches in the diocese through April 3. Since March 9 public Masses have been canceled throughout the diocese, but churches had remained open for personal prayer, and some had held Eucharistic adoration or confession. Starting from the decree’s publication March 12, entrance to the parish and other churches of Rome is forbidden to the general public…

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‘Uncharted Territory’ for Church as Vatican, Italian Bishops Respond to Coronavirus – Christian Article

Vatican tourists wearing protective masks take a selfie Thursday in front of St. Peter’s Basilica. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images) ‘Uncharted Territory’ for Church as Vatican, Italian Bishops Respond to Coronavirus Weekday Masses are suspended in some northern regions, and elsewhere the exchange at the sign of peace is being dropped and stoups have been emptied. VATICAN CITY — As fears grow that the new coronavirus is turning into a worldwide pandemic and emergency, the Church in Italy is working with government…

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Pope Francis forms Child Protection Task Force – Christian Article

Following up on a plan announced at last year’s Meeting for the Protection of Minors in the Church, Pope Francis has launched a task force to help Bishops’ Conferences prepare and update child protection guidelines. By Vatican News Pope Francis has established a task force “in order to assist the Episcopal Conferences in the preparation and updating of guidelines for the protection of minors”. The intention to form such a group had already been announced by the Pope at last…

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Ask God for the strength to love your enemies – Christian Article

Bari, Italy, Feb 23, 2020 / 09:00 am (CNA).- Ask God for the grace to love your enemies, Pope Francis said Sunday in a homily in the Italian city of Bari. “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. This is the Christian innovation. It is the Christian difference,” Pope Francis said Feb. 23. “Ask God for the strength to love. Say to Him: ‘Lord, help me to love, teach me to forgive. I cannot do it alone,…

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Pope Francis: God’s law brings freedom – Christian Article

Vatican City, Feb 16, 2020 / 06:26 am (CNA).- God gives the grace both to follow his law exteriorly and to accept it in one’s heart, which is what gives true freedom from passion and sin, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday. “Let’s not forget this: living the Law as an instrument of freedom, which helps me to be freer, which helps me not to be a slave to passions and sin,” the pope said Feb. 16. In…

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light and salt, without fear of living in the world, a plea and a Hail Mary for Syria – Christian Article

“Jesus invites us not to be afraid to live in the world, even if sometimes there are conditions of conflict and sin in it,” said Pope Francis. “Jesus at the last supper did not ask the Father to remove the disciples from the world, but to keep them from the spirit of the evil one.” Through people trafficking, “criminal organisations are increasingly using modern means of communication to entice victims through deception.” For Syria, the pontiff calls for “talks and…

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The world needs Catholics who proclaim Jesus – Christian Article

Vatican City, Feb 2, 2020 / 06:20 am (CNA).- Pope Francis spoke Sunday about the need for Catholics to be active in going out to announce the faith of Jesus Christ to the world. “The world needs Christians who let themselves be moved, who never tire of walking the streets of life, to bring everyone the consoling word of Jesus,” he said Feb. 2 in his Angelus address. “Every baptized person has received the vocation to proclaim,” he added “–…

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Pope Francis to publish a book with reflections on St. John Paul II – Christian Article

Vatican City, Jan 28, 2020 / 08:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has co-authored a book of reflections on the life of St. John Paul II to be published in Italian. The book, entitled “St. John Paul the Great,” is the product of a series of conversations between Pope Francis and Fr. Luigi Maria Epicoco which took place from June 2019 to January 2020, according to its preface. The book is expected to be published sometime ahead of the 100 year…

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In MLK Day message, U.S. Catholic bishops say nation needs ‘genuine conversion of heart’… – Christian Article

The example of Martin Luther King, Jr., is still sorely needed in the United States, given continued injustices, racism and discrimination against minorities, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a message for MLK Day. “As our nation prepares to commemorate the life and witness of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are grateful for his courageous stand in solidarity with all who suffer injustice and his witness of love and nonviolence in the struggle for social change… This…

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Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI wrote text, but did not agree to be book’s co-author… – Christian Article

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the private secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, said Tuesday the former pontiff was not informed he would be presented as co-author of a new book on priestly celibacy and that Benedict has asked for his name and photo to be removed from the cover. According to the German-language news agency KNA… This is Only a Snippet of a Christian Article written by null@newadvent.org (null) Read Full Article

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Iranian Missile Attack Stirs Fears of Erbil’s Christians – Christian Article

The Harir air base as seen on Sept. 21, 2016. (Edward Pentin photo) The region, which was targeted by one of the pair of missile attacks launched yesterday as retaliation against the U.S., is home to several thousand Christians who have been trying to rebuild their lives. ROME — Christians in northern Iraq are increasingly concerned about tensions in the region after Iranian forces launched five missiles overnight on an air base in the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Erbil that…

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Abuse lawsuit window opens in California – Christian Article

Sacramento, Calif., Jan 2, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- A three-year window opened in California Wednesday, allowing lawsuits over childhood sexual abuse that would normally be impeded by the state’s statute of limitations. The window was created when California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed AB 218 into law in October. In addition to the window, the bill also permanently adjusted the state’s statute of limitations for civil suits regarding childhood sexual abuse. Previously, a person had until the age of…

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ISIS terrorists execute 11 blindfolded Christians in Nigeria – Christian Article

ISIS-aligned jihadists have released a video claiming to show the execution of 11 blindfolded Christian men in Nigeria, in what analysts say was a barbaric act that was clearly timed to coincide with Christmas, according to reports. “This is a message to Christians all over the world,” a masked man says in the one-minute video posted online late Thursday by the terror group’s Amaq news agency. He claimed the killings at the hands of jihadists from the Islamic State West…

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