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Mother Teresa knew what being unloved felt like, priest says

Mother Teresa knew what being unloved felt like, priest says

ROME, August 22, 2016 — In the chapel of the first house Blessed Teresa of Kolkata established in Rome, Father Brian Kolodiejchuk of the Missionaries of Charity talks about her life, mixing the concrete and even mundane with the spiritual and even mystical. “She was very human — she loved chocolate, she loved ice cream,” the [...]

Benedict XVI’s memoir to be published in English in November

VATICAN, August 22, 2016– Benedict XVI’s new memoir, a lengthy interview with German journalist Peter Seewald, is being translated into English and will be released this November. Letzte Gespräche is being translated as Last Testament by Jacob Phillips, a lecturer in theology at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. It will be published by Bloomsbury. The work [...]

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Pope prays for victims of ‘bloody’ attack at a wedding in Turkey

VATICAN, August 21, 2016– After an explosion in southern Turkey lit up a wedding ceremony, killing 50 people and wounding nearly 100 more, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims, and asked for peace to be given to all. “Dear brothers and sisters, I have heard of the sad news of the bloody attack [...]

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Pope Francis to visit Assisi again for interreligious summit

VATICAN, August 19, 2016– In September Pope Francis will make his second visit to Assisi in just two months for an interreligious summit for peace, where he will pray and meet alongside major Islamic and Orthodox leaders. The visit will take place Sept. 20, which marks the 30th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer [...]

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Benedict XVI’s students to discuss spiritual crisis in Europe at annual meeting

VATICAN, August 19, 2016– The annual meeting of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s former students will discuss Europe’s spiritual crisis during their gathering later this month, according to the group’s organizer. The Ratzinger Schuelerkreis has gathered to discuss topics in theology and the life of the Church since 1978, shortly after their mentor was pulled from [...]

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Papal pizza? Rome’s homeless get a special treat from Francis

VATICAN, August 17, 2016– As summer temperatures soar in Rome, a trip to the beach and pizza dinner may sound like an ideal way to spend an afternoon. And Pope Francis is making it happen for some of the city’s homeless residents. Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who is in charge of papal charities, told Vatican Insider [...]

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Holy See urges UN to protect children in armed conflict

VATICAN, August 17, 2016– After a recent report confirmed that violence against children has increased in conflict zones, the Holy See is urging the United Nations and local governments to protect the innocent youth who are caught in the crossfire of violence around the world. “Never in recent memory have so many children been subjected [...]

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Pope taps Dallas bishop to head new Vatican department for laity

VATICAN, August 17, 2016– Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas has been appointed the head of Francis’ new ‘mega-dicastery’ for laity, family, and life – a decision that marks the second major appointment of an American to a Vatican position this summer. The news of Bishop Farrell’s appointment as head of the new dicastery was announced [...]

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The mercy-filled life: Mother Teresa embodied what Pope Francis teaches

VATICAN, August 16, 2016– If there is one person who immersed herself in the “peripheries” Pope Francis is drawn to, it was Blessed Teresa of Kolkata. If there was one who showed courage and creativity in bringing God’s mercy to the world, like Pope Francis urges, it was the diminutive founder of the Missionaries of [...]

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Pope prays for massacre victims in DRC

VATICAN, August 15, 2016– Pope Francis marked the feast of the Assumption of Mary by praying for the dozens of people massacred over the weekend in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and decrying the “shameful silence” which surround these attacks. “To the Queen of Peace, whom we contemplate today in heavenly glory, I wish [...]

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Don’t be held back: Pope calls Christians to be set ablaze by the Holy Spirit

VATICAN, August 14, 2016– The Church does not need “cold or lukewarm Christians” who are held back by fear, Pope Francis said Sunday; it needs Christians who are on fire with the Holy Spirit and committed to proclaiming the Gospel, even if it costs them their lives. The Church needs “passionate missionaries, consumed by zeal [...]

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VATICAN, August 12, 2016– Pope Francis has visited a special community for women freed from prostitution and violent abuse as his latest ‘Mercy Friday’ initiative during the Jubilee. On Aug. 12 he met the 20 women, all of whom have suffered severe physical violence and live under protection, who are cared for at the “Pope [...]

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Pope Francis invites 21 Syrian refugees to lunch

VATICAN, August 11, 2016– On Thursday Pope Francis invited 21 Syrian refugees to join him for lunch at his residence in the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta, exchanging gifts, toys and drawings with the children. The Syrian families were those brought by Pope Francis after his day-trip to Lesbos, Greece in April. Pope Francis brought the [...]

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For Pope Francis, when we receive Christ’s mercy we must share it

VATICAN, August 10, 2016– Each of us must respond to the gift of mercy in our hearts by getting up and putting mercy into action, Pope Francis said Wednesday. Speaking about a bishop who had in his cathedral one Holy Door of mercy for entering and one for exiting, Pope Francis said: “Let us also [...]

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Brazilian priest mentioned in ‘Spotlight’ film commits suicide

VATICAN, August 10, 2016– Fr. Bonifacio Buzzi, a Brazilian priest convicted of child abuse and who was mentioned in the Oscar-winning film ‘Spotlight,’ committed suicide in his prison cell over the weekend. According to Reuters, Fr. Buzzi, 57, hung himself with a sheet inside his jail cell in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais Aug. [...]

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Pope sends condolences to victims of Pakistan hospital attack

VATICAN, August 9, 2016– Pope Francis offered his condolences to those affected by the “senseless and brutal” attack against a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, which left dozens dead and over a hundred injured. The Pope was “deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life” from Monday’s attack, according to the telegram which was signed [...]

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