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Pope returns Mater Ecclesiae Monastery to use by contemplative nuns

By |2023-11-13T13:11:52-06:00November 13, 2023|World News|

Pope Francis has invited a community of Benedictine nuns from Argentina to move into the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican Gardens, renewing the building's purpose as home to a cloistered community of women dedicated to supporting the pope's ministry with their prayer.

Cardinal denies working on changes to procedures for papal elections

By |2023-11-07T08:31:49-06:00November 7, 2023|World News|

Cardinal Gianfranco Ghirlanda, a top adviser to Pope Francis on matters involving canon law, denied reports the pope had asked him to draft revisions to the rules governing the preparations for electing a new pope.

Violence in Holy Land shows need to support local Christians, cardinal says

By |2023-10-31T10:10:50-05:00October 31, 2023|World News|

As leaders of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem prepared to meet in Rome, the explosion of violence between Israel and Hamas highlighted the importance of their prayers and their material support for local Christians, leaders of the order said.

Synod synthesis shows agreement, divergences, including on ‘synodality’

By |2023-10-30T18:06:48-05:00October 30, 2023|World News|

A report summarizing discussions at the assembly of the Synod of Bishops said the church may need more welcoming pastoral approaches, especially to people who feel excluded, but also acknowledged fears of betraying traditional church teachings and practices.

U.S. bishops’ plenary session to take place in November: Here’s what’s on the agenda

By |2023-10-19T10:01:56-05:00October 19, 2023|World News|

All of the U.S. bishops will descend upon Baltimore next month for their 2023 Fall Plenary Assembly in which they will be voting on several new committee chairmen and offering updates on conference initiatives such as their National Eucharistic Revival. 

‘Miracles of the Eucharist’ is the theme for this year’s International Week of Prayer and Fasting

By |2023-10-16T07:53:36-05:00October 16, 2023|World News|

The 31st annual International Week of Prayer and Fasting for our nation, leaders, families, and the Church will take place Oct. 20-28, beginning with a three-day virtual event, and ending with a live full day live program at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Love, forgiveness liberate, break cycles of violence, pope says

By |2023-10-11T09:05:56-05:00October 11, 2023|World News|

The life of St. Josephine Bakhita, a former slave from Sudan who became a nun, demonstrates how love liberates people from oppression and frees them to forgive their oppressors and break cycles of hatred and violence, Pope Francis said.

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