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Comic actor wants to ‘glorify God in every way’

October 22, 2012

He doesn’t exactly advertise it, but the “king of Queens” is a Catholic family man.

Franciscans tell of beatings, kidnappings in Syria

October 22, 2012

Franciscans ministering in a village along the Syrian border with Turkey said four people, including three Christian youths, were kidnapped and beaten before being released as the civil war surged in their community.

Aussie bishop challenges same-sex marriage

October 22, 2012

Same-sex “marriage” is not an extension of marriage rights but a dismantling of an institution on which the well-being of societies depend, wrote an Australian archbishop.

Vienna plans massive reduction in parishes

October 22, 2012

Austria’s Vienna Archdiocese will press ahead with a major reorganization that will including liquidating most of its parishes over 10 years, despite objections from some local Catholics.

Pope adds two saints to list of Church ‘doctors’

October 22, 2012

Pope Benedict added a 16th-century Spanish priest and a 12th-century German abbess to the roster of doctors of the universal Church.

Vatican climber

October 22, 2012

A climber gives a thumbs-up as he descends during a climbing exhibition held outside St. Peter’s Square.

Church must overcome ‘debris of failure’ – Chaput

Archbishop Charles Chaput

October 15, 2012

In a wide-ranging address at the annual Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia spoke of the “debris of failure” that must be dealt with if the Catholic Church in America is to be truly renewed.

Cardinal prevented from joining House of Lords

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

October 15, 2012

Pope Benedict personally intervened to prevent a British cardinal from occupying political office when he retired from active ministry.

Social media spurs interest in vocations

October 15, 2012

Several religious congregations and organizations are taking advantage of social media to “introduce” individuals discerning a call to a vocation and the seminary, convent or monastery that fits them.

Shanghai’s priests, nuns forced to go to ‘school’

October 15, 2012

Priests and nuns in the Shanghai Diocese were forced to attend compulsory “study classes,” which observers believe were imposed by Chinese authorities in response to the new Shanghai auxiliary’s renunciation of the Catholic Patriotic Association.

Christ must be centre of liturgy, pope says

October 15, 2012

A liturgy is not Christian if Christ is not the centre of the celebration, Pope Benedict said.

Church must develop thinking for digital world

October 15, 2012

Having a Catholic presence online isn’t enough for effective evangelization, the Vatican said.

Zeal of youth can change society – cardinal

October 15, 2012

Societal transformation “often begins with the zeal, enthusiasm and creativity of young people who challenge us to see things in new ways,” a Honduran cardinal told participants at a UN forum Sept. 24.

Year of Faith, synod entrusted to Mary

October 15, 2012

During a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto, Pope Benedict formally entrusted to Mary the world Synod of Bishops and the Year of Faith.

Uruguay prepares to legalize abortion

October 8, 2012

Uruguay’s Chamber of Deputies has approved legislation that would legalize abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy.

French philosopher, U.S. Jesuit win Ratzinger Prize

Fr. Brian Daley

October 8, 2012

The Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, established to promote studies in theology and philosophy, will award one of its two major prizes this year to U.S. Jesuit Father Brian Daley, a patristics expert and professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.

Pope names record number of women to synod

October 8, 2012

Choosing men and women from every part of the world and from a wide variety of professions, Pope Benedict nominated 45 experts and 49 observers for the upcoming world assembly of bishops.

German bishops exclude those who stop paying tax

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch

October 8, 2012

The German bishops’ conference defended a controversial decree that said Catholics who stop paying a Church membership tax cannot receive sacraments.

Nigeria policy: Pilgrimages a benefit to society

October 8, 2012

Prayers for peace and an end to terrorism and corruption in Nigeria filled Rome’s Church of St. John the Baptist, as 50 Christian government officials and religious leaders visited the Eternal City in preparation for sending 30,000 Nigerians on pilgrimage.

Vatican II? Not the pope’s summer residence

October 8, 2012

The teachings of the Second Vatican Council are neither optional nor second-class, but must be seen in the proper context, the former prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said Sept. 26 as he opened a conference at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

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