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Bishop Named for Krk, Croatia

Pope Francis appointed Capuchin Fr. Ivica Petanjak as bishop of Krk, Croatia. The diocese has a population of some 40,000, and 35,500 of them are Catholic. They are served by about 80 priests and 110 religious.
Ivica Petanjak was born in Drenje, Croatia, in 1963, gave his perpetual vows in 1988 and was ordained…

St Bakhita’s Feast Set as International Day of Prayer to Stop Human Trafficking

The feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, Feb. 8, has been designated as the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Last year, the U.S. bishops’  Committee on Migration designated the date as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking. Later that year,…

Bishops Welcome Passage of Bill Preventing Taxes Funding Abortions

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, archbishop of Boston and chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed passage of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015” (H.R. 7) by the U.S. House of Representatives. “By passing this legislation, the House has ta…

Not More Doves? Balloons Released as Symbol of Peace During Angelus (Video)

Days after coming back from the Philippines, he thanked a group for being a testimony of faith. To see the video, click here URL:

Pope on Christian Unity: It Takes More Than Just Theoretical Discussions (Video)

The Pope led the Vespers prayer to mark the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. To view the video click here URL:–en

Synagogue Visited by 2 Popes…That Pope Francis Might Visit as Well (Video)

He has received a formal invitation on behalf of the Jewish community of Rome. To view the video click here URL:

Pope’s Address to Ecumenical Colloquium of Religious Men and Women

Pope Francis received in audience the participants in the Ecumenical Colloquium of Religious Men and Women, promoted and organized by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated life. The following is a translation of the Pope’s a…

Pope Francis’ Address to Canon Law Faculty of the Pontifical Gregorian University

On Saturday, Pope Francis received the participants of the International Congress on Canon Law held in Rome from January 22-24, 2015 at the Pontifical Gregorian University, on the theme: Dignitas Connubii, Ten Years after Its Publication: Evaluation and Prospects.” The following is a translation of the Pope’s add…

Pope’s Audience with Members of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies

Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s address to members of the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Vatican on Saturday. * * *
Dear Cardinals,
Dear Brother Bishops and Priests,
Brothers and sisters,
I receive yo…

Irish Archbishop: Catholic Schools Help Students Learn Languages Francis Promoted in Philippines

Here is the text of the homily given Sunday by Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, primate of All Ireland, for Catholic Schools Week 2015. Catholic Schools Week 2015 is underway this week in Ireland, the United States and other countries.
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On Wednesday morning last we had a wonderful celebration in the Ca…

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