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Invocation 2014

Hundreds of priests, religious, educators, and those considering the priesthood or religious life gathered in St. Mary’s College seminary, Oscott, from 4-6 July to take part in a weekend discernment festival. Hosted by Invocation, a UK-based initiative aimed at helping to foster discernment, the event offered a f…

Preparing for the Synod, Part 2: Reception of the Sacraments by Divorced and Remarried Persons

One of the more complex issues expected to be addressed during the forthcoming Synod on the family is the question of reception of the Sacraments by those who are divorced and remarried and have not obtained an annulment. This topic was included in …

Vatican Releases Working Document Ahead of Synod of Family

In the lead up to the forthcoming Synod on the Family, the Vatican has released the results of a worldwide consultation addressing a variety of pastoral topics, such as same-sex “marriage,” reception of the sacraments for divorced and remarried couples, and the promotion of openness to life. The Instrumentum Labo…

Fr. Rosica: Synod on Family Will Be Unique, Not Revolutionary

With preparations for the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod on the Family of Bishops underway, organizers are seeking new ways to bring the synod’s message out to the world. Yesterday, the Vatican presented the results of a worldwide consu…

Preparing for the Synod, Part 1: Concerning Unions of Persons of the Same Sex

The pastoral care of men and women in same-sex partnerships will be among the more complex topics studied during the forthcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization This study will be based upon a Preparatory Document “questionnaire” which asse…

Fr. "Kenny" Walker: Innocent, Pure, Joyful, Holy

“If I had to choose anyone to propose for the emulation of others – especially for those who don’t think often about the Catholic Church and Her priests – whom should I have chosen, besides Fr. Walker?” These are just some of the thoughts and reflections offered by a friend of Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, whose fune…

‘Moved by Wonder’: Conference Showcases Flannery O’Connors Influence Across the Arts

Over the past 50 years, men and women from across the artistic spectrum have found inspiration in the prolific writings of American novelist and short story writer, Flannery O’Connor. This was the subject of a two-day symposium hosted by Rome’s John Cabot University to mark the 50th anniversary of O’Connor’s deat…

The Pastoral Project of ‘Evangelii Gaudium’

“The Pastoral Project of Evangelii Gaudium”: this is the title of an upcoming international meeting to take place at the Vatican later this year for all those engaged in pastoral care. The meeting, which is being organized by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, will reflect on the …

Word on Fire Begins Shooting for "Pivotal Players"

Filming began last week in Italy and France for Fr. Robert Barron’s latest project: a documentary which seeks to explore “the people who have most shaped the Catholic imagination.” Entitled Pivotal Players, the documentary will examine the lives of 10 key figures who, through their art, scholarship, mysticism, an…

Catholic Communities Leading Fight Against Sexual Violence in Conflict

“End Sexual Violence in Conflict #TimeToAct” was the theme of a roundtable discussion held today at Vatican Radio, a precursor to a global summit which will be held on the same theme later this month in London. Organized by the British Embassy to the Holy See and Vatican Radio, the roundtable was streamed live vi…

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