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‘Priesthood Is a Way of Life, Not a Job’

Cardinal Fernando Filoni says priests must always remember priesthood is a way of life, which requires giving one’s entire self for others, being always tied to prayer, and being charitable. During an encounter with Vietnamese priests, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples said,  ”As p…

Father Lombardi Discusses Highlights of Pope’s Visit to Sri Lanka

As Francis’ whirlwind visit to Sri Lanka drew to a close, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, has reflected on what he believes are the highlights of the second day of the Pope’s visit there. According to Vatican Radio, Fr. Lombardi responded last night in Sri Lanka to questions pose…

Vatican Officials Asks Filipino Faithful to Use Images of Christ, Not Pope

‘Use images of Christ, not the Pope,’ is the message Vatican officials have been trying to send faithful in the Philippines, who eagerly await Pope Francis, who arrive in their country tomorrow and departs Monday. In a set of instructions for the Pope’s motorcade from Tacloban City to its neighboring municipality…

1st Female Rector of Pontifical University: Women Shouldn’t Have ‘Conquest Mentality’ in Church

For the first time in the Church’s history, a woman has been appointed to head a pontifical university. This July, the Congregation for Catholic Education, headed by Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, chose Sister Mary Melone to head the Pontifical Univer…

CAR Archbishop: ‘I Am a Pastor Ready to Die for His Flock’

While assisting those displaced, the Archbishop of Bangui has been threatened with death. According to Fides, a leader of the anti-Balaka militias threatened to kill Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui, who also serves as president of Central Africa Caritas, when the archbishop was leading a mission to sup…

Pope Reflects on Attack in Paris During Morning Mass in Santa Marta

Pope Francis has condemned the terrorist attacks that killed 12 people in Paris yesterday. At this morning’s daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta, the Holy Father decried, “The attack yesterday in Paris makes us think on so much cruelty – human cruelty – to so much terrorism, be it isolated terrorism, be it State-spons…

Pope Sends Condolences to Cardinal Vingt-Trois of Paris

Pope Francis has expressed his deepest sympathy to those killed and their families and has reiterated his condemnation of violence. In a telegram sent today to Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, the Pontiff expressed his condolences to the loved ones of those killed in yesterday’s terror attack in P…

Niger’s Archbishop of Niamey Decries More and More Young Nigeriens Enlisting in Boko Haram

“More and more young Nigeriens are being enlisted in the Boko Haram movement, especially in the region of Diffa.” This was the observation of Archbishop Michel Cartatéguy of Niamey, capital of Niger, who sent Fides a document with this statement.
According to Fides, the archbishop reported on statements made by…

Pope Francis: Amid Deceptions of World, We Must Continue to Ask ‘Where is the Star?’

Pope Francis called on faithful to consider how they can start to undergo the same journey of conversion experienced by the wise men.  During Mass yesterday on the Solemnity of the Epiphany, the Pope said the three kings are models of conversion to the true faith because they believed more in the goodness of God …

Church Expanding Commitment to Ebola Response

The Catholic Church continues to help fight the devastating Ebola virus. So explains a document titled “Expanding the Catholic Church’s Commitment to the Ebola Emergency Response,” published by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and released by the Vatican today. 
According to an accompanying statemen…

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