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God helps nun’s MasterChef quest Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

A nun in the finals of the MasterChef Brasil contest says she is getting “divine help” with her quest. She says she prays all the time while she’s cooking. “Many people mentioned how calm I was throughout the episode, and I tell them it was because I was praying for Our Lord to help me Read more

Pope’s charity provides free coronavirus tests for homeless Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020
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Pope Francis’ charity has provided free flu vaccines and coronavirus tests to homeless people living in a town near Rome. The Vatican ambulance carried the medical supplies to the small seaside town of Torvaianica, located about 45 miles south of Rome city center. In heavy rain, health staff from the papal charity office administered the Read more

Pope says disabled Catholics have a right to the sacraments Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020
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Pope Francis marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities by insisting all disabled Catholics have a right to receive the sacraments. Francis also suggested that Catholic parishes make real efforts to welcome and train persons with disabilities to serve as catechists. “Creating a fully accessible parish requires not only the removal of architectural barriers, but Read more

Cardinal donates personal wealth to help child abuse victims Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020
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The archbishop of Munich, Germany is pledging €500,000 (NZD860,000) of his personal finances to establish a foundation for victims of child abuse. Cardinal Reinhard Marx said the not-for-profit organization Spes et Salus (Hope and Healing) would see the Catholic Church engaged in helping victims process their experiences. Marx said his contribution constituted “by far the Read more

Vatican launches ‘Fratelli tutti’ website Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in collaboration with the Dicastery for Communication, has launched a website dedicated to Pope Francis’ latest Encyclical: ‘Fratelli tutti’. The site is currently developed in three languages: English, Spanish and Italian. Further languages will be available soon. It contains numerous resources in other languages, including French, Portuguese, Read more

Catholic bishops welcome ‘realistic’ new measures for public Masses in France Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Bishops in France have welcomed new government measures that will allow more people to attend public Masses during Advent. Gérald Darmanin, French Minister of the Interior, announced Dec. 2 a change to a previously proposed 30-person limit on attendance of public Masses. The change followed France’s highest administrative court overturning the restriction in response to Read more

Italy bans midnight Mass at Christmas Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Italians will not be able to attend midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, with top health officials cracking down on any conditions that could lead to a potential resurgence in coronavirus cases — a step that Catholic clergy has supported. Italy managed to reduce a fall resurgence of cases but is currently suffering record fatalities from Read more

Philadelphia Catholics raise $1M for charity in a single day Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

A first-time fundraising effort by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has raised more than $1 million for over 100 beneficiaries – all in a single day. As part of the #GivingTuesday effort Dec. 1, area faithful were urged to direct their contributions to the #iGiveCatholic campaign. The initiative – in which more than 40 dioceses and Read more

Pope says inculturated Mass highlights gifts of the Holy Spirit Comments 0

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

It is just on year since Francis offered an inculturated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for Congolese immigrants. The Mass marked the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Congolese Catholic Chaplaincy of Rome. The Mass included traditional Congolese music and the Zaire Use of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Zaire Use). An Read more

Full communion possible for Catholics and Orthodox Comments 0

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

Pope Francis is confident Catholics and Orthodox Christians will attain full communion. In a message to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I on Monday, Francis praised Bartholomew’s efforts to promote Christian unity. “We can thank God that relations between the Catholic Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate have grown much over the past century, even Read more