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John Newman should be a Doctor of the Church Comments 0

Monday, October 14th, 2019

St John Henry Newman, who was canonised on Sunday along with four others, should be considered a Doctor of the Church. He should rank alongside early Christianity’s great thinkers, Cardinal Marc Ouellet says. Ouellet, who is the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and a respected theologian, told the 20,000-strong crowd at the canonistaion that Read more

The four women canonized with Newman Comments 0

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Four women were canonized on Sunday at the same time as St John Henry Newman. The four included stigmatists, a mystic, a Roman orphan and a Nobel Peace prize nominee. Mother Mariam Thresia (1876-1926) was an Indian mystic and founder of the Congregation of the Holy Family. Her prayer life was characterized by frequent ecstasies Read more

Church ‘can’t sacralize, nor Satanize’ every indigenous practice Comments 0

Monday, October 14th, 2019

The Church “cannot sacralize every indigenous thing, nor can we Satanize it,” Brazilian Bishop Wilmar Santin said at a press conference about the synod on the Amazon. Other speakers included Colombian Bishop Medardo de Jesús Henao Del Río and Colombian Sister Gloria Liliana Franco Echeverri. Santin said many Amazon-region Catholics are defecting to other churches Read more

More aborted remains found in cars belonging Ulrich Klopfer Comments 0

Monday, October 14th, 2019

More fetal remains were found in vehicles owned by the late Indiana abortionist Ulrich Klopfer on Wednesday, just weeks after the remains of more than 2,200 aborted babies were first discovered at his Illinois residence. On Oct. 9, the Will County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Office discovered more fetal remains in vehicles owned by Klopfer, which were Read more

$1,425 ‘Jesus Shoes’ filled with holy water sell out in 1 minute flat Comments 0

Monday, October 14th, 2019

In a first-century collaboration (we mean the A.D. era, people), a Brooklyn-based company created $1,425 customized Nike sneakers called “Jesus Shoes” — that sold out in one minute. The sneakers, a pair of Nike Air Max 97s injected with holy water derived from the Jordan River in the Middle East and adorned with a steel Read more

Vatican releases lineup for Christmas concert supporting the Amazon Comments 0

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Proceeds from a Christmas concert at the Vatican starring Lionel Richie, Bonnie Tyler and Susan Boyle will go to help protect the Amazon and support indigenous communities there. Sponsored by the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, the Dec. 14 concert will feature several Italian singers and musicians, including the Vatican’s police band. But the headline Read more

Thousands march in France against IVF Comments 0

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Paris on Sunday. They were opposing a bill allowing single women and lesbian couples under the age of 43 access to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. In France, IVF is currently restricted to heterosexual couples who are married or have cohabited at least two years. Besides broadening Read more

Church must exit abuse scandals or suffocate Comments 0

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

If the Church doesn’t “find a way of exiting” the negativity of the abuse scandals, it “will suffocate us”, says Cardinal Peter Turkson. Turkson is the Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development at the Vatican. In his keynote address last week to the Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious Read more

Vatican offsetting Amazon Synod’s carbon emissions Comments 0

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

The Secretary General of the Synod of bishops on the Amazon, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, says the Vatican will offset the Synod’s carbon emissions. The Synod is expected to generate carbon emissions of 572,809kg. The forestry licenses for the reforestation of ​​50 hectares in the Amazon basin will offset the emissions. Baldisseri says air travel accounts Read more

Initial synod talks focus on climate, priests and inculturation Comments 0

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Climate change, water resources, inculturation and indigenous practices were among the topics discussed during the Amazon Synod’s Sunday afternoon session. A general summary of the topics discussed during the closed-door session has been published. Some of the discussions focused on ordaining married men. It was described as a “legitimate need” but one which “cannot affect Read more