Vatican bank granted a reprieve by Pope Francis after series of scandals

Vatican bank granted a reprieve by Pope Francis after series of scandals http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/07/vatican-bank-reprieve-pope-francis-scandals-reform Click through for the full article which describes the reform measures to be undertaken under Pope Francis’ oversight. [Read more...]

Article: France pulls out of Rwanda genocide commemorations

France pulls out of Rwanda genocide commemorations http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26904627 News from France in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of the genocide, and in response to the Rwandan President’s accusations. [Read more...]

Sweet Tweets for 4/04/14 — The Good News

NOGALES, Arizona (April 1, 2014) - Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston and 7 other bishops celebrate Mass on the US-Mexico border in Arizona to commemorate the deaths of migrants in the desert and to pray for immigration reform. More information is available at www.justiceforimmigrants.org. Photo credit: George Martell/The Pilot Media Group

Welcome back to Sweet Tweets – after a few weeks off, I’m happy to have John’s great roundup of news we can use from the past week. This is an exciting time for the Church, with us in the thick of Lent, our Bishops so active, “Noah” mania, the Queen and Francis visiting, and the [Read More...]

Text of Cardinal Seán O’Malley’s Homily from #Bordermass

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Thanks to my friends at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for sharing this on their Facebook page: Cardinal Seán’s homily in Nogales, Arizona today for the #BorderMass remembering immigrants who have lost their lives and for immigration reform: For 20 years I worked in Washington D.C. with immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and from [Read More...]

Learn about the “Water for the World” Act Today

When I blogged earlier today about the drought situation and our Lenten prayers, I had no idea about the following online discussion that is happening TODAY in just less than an hour. If you’re free – be sure to check it out! I’ll include the full press release below for your information. Please join Catholic [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 3/07/14 — Walking with Christ Joyfully

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Even though it’s only been two days, a Friday seems not only the perfect day for Sweet Tweets, but also a perfect day to reflect back upon how our Lent has been going so far. Perhaps, like me, you’ve already played the mental game of “I don’t really need to fast from xyz after all [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 2/21/14 — The Peace Praying Edition

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So much world news can change, shift and evolve during the course of a week. Just last week, I woke up to a tweet from Pope Francis exhorting us to #Prayforpeace in South Sudan and Central African Republic. Then throughout this week we’ve watched as conflict brewed in Ukraine and Venezuela. It seems for now [Read More...]

Msgr Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui, Condemns Attacks on Muslims in CAR

TheArchbishop Dieudonne˙ Nzapalainga  and Imam Omour Kobine of Bangui pray together during a tour to spread the word of tolerance and reconciliation at a mosque in the quartier Kilometre 5 in Bangui, Central African Republic on December 11, 2013. Just earlier at a a church, IDPs staying at the camp realised that a truck with food supplies was delivered by the Muslim community as in an act of goodwill and screamed in the local language song " we would rather die of hunger than eat a gift of food from muslims." Many also screamed that the food was poisoned. On the morning of Thursday 5th, December Christian anti-balika militants entered the city and attacked Seleka rebels. Over the days that followed hundreds of people were killed. The Seleka made up of a muslim majority with many of the rebels originating from northern Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad brought to power a new president Michel Djotodia, a former Seleka leader in a March 24, 2013 coup.  The political establishment has failed to control the armed group that has wreaked havoc, including murdering, looting and burning of villages on the civilian population with mass displacements resulting throughout 2013. A 1600 strong French force deployed to the country is supporting African Union peacekeepers and attempting to disarm the rival Christian and Muslim fighters in the country.

New out from Caritas International and Vatican Radio is a broad-ranging interview conversation with Msgr Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui and Caritas Central African President. In the February 18 discussion, the Archbishop strongly condemns the rising tide of violence: One group has decided to take revenge. They’re mainly young people. They have seen their villages burnt [Read More...]

Consistory for the Family: Facing the Realities of “Family”

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Coming from the Vatican today, we have an overview of the opening moments of this week’s extraordinary consistory for the family. The day began with an opening address from Pope Francis: Dear brothers, I extend a warm greeting to you all and, with you, I thank the Lord who has given us these days of [Read More...]

Papal Peace Prayers Extend to Ukraine

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With violence in Ukraine playing out in the past few days resulting in the deaths of at least 26, Pope Francis used the occasion of today’s General Audience to invoke an end to violence in the region: At his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis called for peace in the Ukraine: “With a worried soul I [Read More...]


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