Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Catholic Priests

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10. They are not obligated to celebrate mass every day. It is a common assumption that priests are obligated, or promise at ordination, to celebrate mass every day. What priests promise at ordination is to pray the Liturgy of the Hours every day. When you see a priest with his prayer book, it is usually the Liturgy of the Hours, … Read More

The Priest’s Own Lent: Prayer, fasting, almsgiving for the good of the faithful

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(The Priest, OSV)  The most significant annual opportunities for spiritual attention and renewal for Christians naturally correspond to the busiest and most hectic times of year for the Church’s ministers, who labor to provide the faithful with the spiritual resources they need to respond more fully to God’s call to holiness and conversion. Lent is the liturgical season par excellence … Read More

I have made the pilgrimage of a lifetime

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Words cannot express how blessed I have been over the past week. Getting to walk in the Footsteps of Christ, from his humble birth in the cave stable in Bethlehem to his ministry along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to his entry into Jerusalem, and his cruel death upon the Cross. Finally experiencing the joys of His Resurrection … Read More

Priests at Mexico City Cathedral hear 5000 confessions

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(CNA).- Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession. According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s News Service, some 30 priests spent 12 hours in shifts hearing confessions at the Cathedral of Mexico City Nov. … Read More

82-year-old cardinal says he’ll face jail for democracy

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(CNA/EWTN News, By Ann Schneible).- One of several leaders of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement to surrender to police after months of pro-democracy protests, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said he is ready to go to jail. “I’m prepared to be jailed, which is the strongest and most sincere proof of the unfairness of the system in Hong Kong,” said Hong Kong’s … Read More

What Clericalism Looks Like (it may not be what you think)

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(First Things) For the past three months, parishioners and friends of the Church of Our Saviour on Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan have been wondering what happened to the fourteen icons that were removed from two pilasters in the sanctuary on the evening of August 22. They have also been wondering why the artwork was removed in the first place. … Read More

Promoting All Things Catholic: new promo video by Tekton Ministries

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“Promoting All Things Catholic” Tekton Ministries has created a new promo video aimed at raising awareness for the incredible ways  we now embrace the New Evangelization. Seeking to walk with God’s people on their journey of faith by providing authentic opportunities for sanctification, formation and evangelization, Tekton’s vision is to serve God’s people in their encounter with Christ and His Church. [embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNCWgVVd8qE[/embedyt] Please … Read More

It’s official! Pope Francis announces 2015 pilgrimage to Philadelphia, USA

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday confirmed he will be attending the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year. “I wish to confirm according to the wishes of the Lord, that in September of 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families,” said Pope Francis. “Thank you for your prayers with which you accompany my … Read More

Agree to disagree: How young Catholics pose a unique challenge for the Church

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By Matt Hadro  (CNA/EWTN News).- While a failure to understand doctrine is present in many segments of the Catholic population, young adults are exhibiting an alarmingly casual attitude towards accepting Church teaching, a study commissioned by the U.S. bishops has found. “They feel completely Catholic even while disagreeing with the Church. We often heard ‘the Pope is entitled to his opinion’,” … Read More

Exorcisms on the rise: Occult activity sparks ‘pastoral emergency’

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(CNA/EWTN News, By Mary Rezac)- Catholic experts say occult activity and the resulting need for exorcisms has reached a critical level. Just prior to the season of all things supernatural, the International Association of Exorcists (AIE) met for their 12th annual conference in Rome, from Oct. 20-25. According to AIE spokesperson Dr. Valter Cascioli, an increasing number of bishops and cardinals … Read More

Pope appoints Bishop Peter F. Christensen of Superior, WI. as bishop of Boise City

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The Holy Father appointed Bishop Peter F. Christensen of Superior, U.S.A., as bishop of Boise City (area 218,272, population 1,584,985, Catholics 174,348, priests 91, permanent deacons 75, religious 91), U.S.A. He succeeds Bishop Michael P. Driscoll, whose resignation from the same diocese upon having reached the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father. Biography Peter Forsyth Christensen (born December … Read More

3 priests in favor of ‘gay marriage’ spark controversy in Chile

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(CNA)- The secular press in Chile is defending three priests who have come out in support of ‘gay marriage’ and is accusing Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago of denouncing the priests to the Vatican. The Archdiocese of Santiago issued a statement on Oct.13 denying that the Chilean cardinal had denounced Fathers Felipe Berrios, Mariano Puga and Jose Alduate. Likewise, a … Read More

185 churches torched, 190,545 people displaced by Boko Haram says Director of Communications

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(news.va) 185 churches in the Maiduguri Diocese were torched and 190,545 people displaced. This is the toll of the violence perpetrated by Boko Haram in the past two months in the diocese of Maiduguri, whose territory includes the States of northern Nigeria: Borno, Yobe and some areas of Adamawa. This was announced by the Director of Communications of the Diocese, Fr. … Read More