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Philippine Supreme Court Upholds Controversial Reproductive Health Law

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 20:22
Philippine bishops called the Catholic faithful to continue to respect life, even as the Supreme Court upheld the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) law. The law, which was passed in December 2013, allows for universal access to contraceptives, birth control and intrauterine devices (IUD). The bill also enfor...

Pope Francis Will Wash Feet of the Elderly and Disabled

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 20:22
Last year, on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis performed the rite of the washing of the feet in Rome at the Casal del Marmo juvenile prison. This year, the washing of the feet will be for the disabled and the elderly in the same area of Rome. It was announced today by the Vatican press office that Pope Francis will ce...

Pope Francis: "The Cross Is Not an Ornament"

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 20:22
“Christianity does not exist without a Cross,” noted Pope Francis during his morning Mass today in Casa Santa Marta. “There is no possibility to exit from our sins ourselves.” The Holy Father reiterated that the “cross is not an ornament to be put on an altar.” Rather, he emphasized it is the mystery of the love of...

Penitential Rite on Easter

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 20:22
Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: In the circular letter "Paschalis Solemnitatis," concerning the preparation and celebration of the Easter feasts, the following pastoral directive is given for the penitential...

Pope Francis to celebrate Holy Thursday at center for disabled and elderly people (Video)

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 18:59
The Pope will wash the feet of 12 people with special needs, at the St. Mary of Providence Center of the Don Gnocchi Foundation, located in the outskirts of Rome.  To view the video click here.

Jesuit priest killed in Syria, after vowing to stay in Homs to help the needy (Video)

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 18:59
According to a statement issued on Monday, by the Jesuit Headquarters in Rome, he was shot twice in the head, in front of the Jesuit residence in the city of Homs.  To view the video click here.

John Paul II's press secretary: His biggest miracle was his day to day life (Video)

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 18:56
As a close friend, Joaquin Navarro-Valls shared plenty of unforgettable moments with the Polish Pope, but one of the things he remembers  most is the way he lived his every day life. To view the video click here.

Documentary Released on Poland's Solidarity Movement Chaplain

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 17:04
A documentary on Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko became available on DVD and public television this month. Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko was the chaplain of the Solidarity movement in Poland in the early 1980s. The Solidarity movement, supported by John Paul II, was instrumental in bringing about the fall of ...

Bishop McGrattan Named to Peterborough, Ontario

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 16:23
Today, Pope Francis appointed Bishop William Terrence McGrattan, auxiliary of Toronto, Canada, as bishop of Peterborough, Ontario. Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Bishop McGrattan in November of 2009 as one of two auxiliary bishops for the Diocese of Toronto. Responsible for a region of Ontario that has over 70...

Virginia Bishops File Brief to Support Marriage

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 16:18
The bishops of Virginia, represented by the Virginia Catholic Conference, filed an amicus curiae brief Friday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in an attempt to defend a legal definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. In January, District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen struck ...

Doubts, Difficulties and Disobedience

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 16:13
Blessed John Henry Newman wrote, “Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.” What he means is that there is a difference between a doubt and a difficulty. When we start to think through our Catholic faith we would be negligent or stupid not to have some problems. After all, the things we propose as true in t...

Official Logo Released for Pope's Visit to South Korea

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 16:12
The motto and logo for Pope Francis' Aug. 14-18 visit to South Korea have been released. Delegates from the Korean preparation committee are in Rome for three days of meetings with the Vatican's office for liturgical celebrations and other Vatican agencies. “Arise! Shine, for your light has come, the glory of t...

Pope Says Bishop of Rome Needs His Brothers

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 16:01
Pope Francis has written a message to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, saying that Monsignor Fabio Fabene, undersecretary of the synod, is being elevated to the episcopal order. The message gave the Pope occasion to reflect on the importance of the Synod for the Petrine mini...

Daily Homily: The Truth Will Set You Free

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 15:46
-- Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56 John 8:31-42 The discussion between Jesus and the Jews deals with the difference between the slavery of sin and the freedom of children of God. Jesus links knowing the truth and living in the truth with freedom: those who follow him as his disciples wi...

Pope Francis' Address to the Organizing Committee of WYD Rio de Janeiro 2014

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:35
Today, Pope Francis received in audience – in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Vatican Palace --, the members of the Organizing Committee of the World Youth Day at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The following is a translation of the Pope’s address to those present. * * * Dear Friends, Nine months after my unfo...

Pope Francis' Interview With Belgian Youth (March 31, 2014)

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 12:57
The following is a translation of the full interview of the Holy Father last Monday with some young people from Flanders, Belgium, accompanied by the Bishop of Ghent, H.E. Monsignor Lucas Van Looy. The youth asked their questions in English and the Pope replied in Italian. * * * TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW --...

World Reacts to Murder of Dutch Priest in Syria

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 11:50
The Monday murder of Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt in Homs, Syria, is bringing reactions from around the world. According to witnesses, an unknown gunman stormed the residence of the 75-year-old priest, took him to the garden of the monastery, and shot him in the head. In a comment released by Vatican Ra...

Pope to WYD Organizers: Brazil Stole My Heart

Zenit - Tue, 2014-04-08 11:46
“The cariocas (residents of Rio de Janeiro) are thieves because they have stolen my heart.” These were the words of Pope Francis to the organizers of last year’s World Youth Day in Brazil, when he met with them Monday at the Vatican Apostolic Palace. The Pope began his address recalling his visit to Brazil and th...

The Daily Disconnect Podcast: April 8, 2014

PCM Province - Tue, 2014-04-08 09:00

A brief, Catholic, daily prayer experience of simple faith in the Carmelite tradition.
The Daily Disconnect is a daily podcast focusing on the exercise of prayer from a
Catholic Carmelite perspective.

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