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Click to Pray: Vatican promotes smart rosary Comments 0

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

The Vatican is promoting a “smart rosary” bracelet connected to a mobile app that’s activated by making the sign of the cross. The device can be worn as a bracelet and is made of 10 consecutive black agate and hematite beads. It also has a data-storing “smart cross”. Taiwan-based tech company GadgTek Inc (GTI) developed Read more

Indigenous-rite ceremonies could enhance liturgy Comments 0

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

One proposal at the Pan-Amazon Synod is for indigenous- or Amazonian-rite ceremonies to be used to enhance and enrich the liturgy. Cultural signs and gestures could be incorporated into the liturgy without changing what is essential for Catholics, bishops say. Bishop Rafael Escudero Lopez-Brea of Peru, says this suggestion isn’t about Catholics asking for a Read more

Medical profession tarnished by miracle Comments 0

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

An inquiry is under way into the ethics of endorsing a miracle healing a child. The inquiry is being conducted by the Kerala chapter of the Indian Medical Association. Dr V K Sreenivasan, a paediatrician in Kerala, endorsed the miraculous recovery of a premature baby born at the hospital in 2009. Sreenivasan says the infant Read more

Shock resignation – Vatican’s head of security Comments 0

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Pope Francis has appointed a new head of the Vatican Security Services and commander of the Gendarmerie (Police). Gianluca Gauzzi Broccoletti (known as Gauzzi), a cybersecurity expert, is taking over the security leadership role after the shock resignation of Commander Domenico Giani. Giani resigned amid a scandal stemming from his role in an leaking information Read more

Bishop ‘breaks ranks’ over celibacy at Synod Comments 0

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Celibacy is not an obstacle to increasing priestly vocations. According to Bishop Wellington de Queiroz Vieira of Cristalandia and a member of the current Amazon synod the real issue is a lack of holiness. de Queiroz says combating priest shortages in the Amazon region by ordaining mature married men does not address a greater problem. Read more

Film News: Two Popes wins audience award at Miami Festival Comments 0

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Fernando Meirelles’  film, the Two Popes has won the audience award at the Miami Gems Film Festival. Inspired by a true story, “The Two Popes” stars Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as the future Pope Francis in a verbal battle of wits over the future direction of the Catholic Church. The Read more

As Angola drought continues, Church calls for emergency declaration Comments 0

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

As a severe drought continues to devastate regions of Angola, the Catholic Church in the country is asking the government to declare a state of emergency, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa. On Monday, the Angolan government acknowledged a “severe water and grazing crisis” which has affected over 800,000 people in one southern province alone, Read more

Pope Francis prays for ‘beloved and tormented’ Syria Comments 0

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

As Turkish-led forces began the fifth day of their move against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria Sunday, Pope Francis appealed for dialogue, especially as families in the region are forced to flee from warfare. “My thoughts go once again to the Middle East. In particular, to the beloved and tormented Syria, from which dramatic news Read more

Prosecutors respond to jailed George Pell’s appeal bid Comments 0

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Victoria’s Office of Public Prosecutions has filed a summary of their argument against jailed cardinal George Pell’s “special leave to appeal” application. The director of public prosecutions, Kerri Judd QC, has challenged Pell’s grounds to appeal to the High Court. Background December 2018: Pell found guilty in the County Court of Victoria on five charges Read more

To oppose the pope is to be outside the Church Comments 0

Monday, October 14th, 2019

People who oppose the pope put themselves outside the Church, says Cardinal Robert Sarah. “The truth is that the Church is represented on earth by the vicar of Christ, that is by the pope. “And whoever is against the pope is, ipso facto, outside the Church,”. In 2014 Francis appointed Sarah as prefect of the Read more