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Pope will wash prisoners' feet again

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March 23, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Rome – Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper at a Rome prison and wash the feet of male and female inmates. The Vatican announced March 11 that the pope will visit the Rebibbia detention facility on the outskirts of the capital April 2, then celebrate Mass in Our Father Church on the grounds of the complex. During the Mass, the pope will wash the feet of male inmates from Rebibbia and female inmates from a nearby women's prison.

Pope blesses women gathered at Vatican to share stories

March 23, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The pope's comments March 8 preceded a five-hour celebration in the Vatican of the ways Christian women minister to their sisters who are poor, sick, excluded from education, victims of human trafficking and exploitation. The celebration, Voices of Faith, also included a session in which participants expressed their hopes and dreams for fuller involvement of women in Church decision-making. Chantal Gotz, executive director of the Fidel Gotz Foundation and chief organizer of the celebration, told Catholic News Service, "It's not about arguing doctrine or wanting something; it's highlighting the contributions women already are making.

Women move ahead with baby steps at Vatican

March 23, 2015
LAURA IERACI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The number of women working for Vatican City State has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, while the number of women in leadership positions in the Roman Curia remains low, with only two women serving as undersecretaries. Gudrun Sailer, a journalist at Vatican Radio, conducted a study of the Vatican employment situation and published the results March 5 in preparation for the celebration March 8 of International Women's Day.

Religious vocation was answer to teenage girl's prayers

March 23, 2015
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – When Sister Lorraine Desjardins was growing up in Kapuskasing, Ont., she yearned to enter religious life but faced one major obstacle: her parents. An only child, the superior general of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa recalled a warm, God-filled family life. Desjardins had felt the stirrings of a religious call from the time she was eight or nine years old. The Sisters of Charity taught at the elementary school she attended, and Desjardins early on wanted to be a religion teacher or a teaching religious.

Holy Year of Mercy begins in December

March 23, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
and CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church's "mission to be a witness of mercy." "No one can be excluded from God's mercy," the pope said March 13, marking the second anniversary of his pontificate by leading a Lenten penance service in St. Peter's Basilica. "I frequently have thought about how the Church can make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy," he said during his homily. So he decided to call a special holy year, which will be celebrated from Dec. 8, 2015, until Nov. 20, 2016.

Holy Spirit, heal us from the disease of a lugubrious face

March 23, 2015

The disease of indifference to others. This is where each individual thinks only of himself and loses sincerity and warmth of human relationships. When the most knowledgeable person does not put that knowledge at the service of his less knowledgeable colleagues. When we learn something and then keep it to ourselves rather than sharing it in a helpful way with others. When out of jealousy or deceit we take joy in seeing others fall instead of helping them up and encouraging them.

Love brings forth new Catholics

March 9, 2015
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Jason Alderman was beaming as he got out of church Feb. 22. The 26-year-old Red Deer man had just taken part in the annual Rite of Christian Election and felt excited about becoming a Catholic. Alderman said shaking Archbishop Richard Smith's hand during the ceremony made him feel welcome to his new faith. Alderman, an auto mechanic and electrician, grew up a Baptist and professed that faith until he met his girlfriend Khristine a year ago.

Day of Confession was a day of conversion

March 9, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Doors of the Edmonton Archdiocese's Catholic churches opened all day Feb. 24 – some even into the evening – to invite people in to partake of the sacrament of Reconciliation. "From what I hear, it went very well," said Father Paul Kavanagh, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish and director of the office of divine worship. "People heard about it from radio interviews, print media and even signs out in front of the churches."

Carmelite calls Curia to conversion with Elijah as their model

March 9, 2015
LAURA IERACI
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – The Lenten journey of conversion requires Christians to rediscover the "deepest truth" about themselves, cast off their masks and take on the courage to live truth, a Carmelite priest told the pope and Vatican officials. Carmelite Father Bruno Secondin drew from the life of the prophet Elijah in a series of Lenten spiritual exercises for the Roman Curia.

Pope Francis offers tips for examination of conscience

Pope Francis

March 9, 2015
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

As Catholics are encouraged to make going to Confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of Penance. After a brief explanation of why people should go to Confession – "because we are all sinners" – the pope listed 30 key questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to "confess well."