The Pope’s recent absences raise questions about his health

1-08-2014  
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On July 13, 2014, following the last-minute cancellation of his visit to Gemelli Hospital in Rome that had been scheduled for June 27, Pope Francis sent a video message apologizing to the patients and staff of that institution.  The Supreme Pontiff mentions a bad headache and nausea that came over him a few minutes before […]

The Catholic Church in South Korea

1-08-2014  
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Statistics concerning the Korean Church revealed on December 31, 2013, that Korea has 5.4 million Catholics, which represents 10.7% of the population (total population: 50.2 million). The Church has 16 ecclesiastical districts; 1,673 parishes and 843 pastoral centers, with 35 bishops; 4,261 priests; 1,884 seminarians; 10 deacons; 9,532 religious; 56 consecrated souls; 123 lay missionaries […]

Sudan: Ban on the construction of new churches

1-08-2014  
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The Sudanese government announced at the beginning of July blocking permits for the construction of new churches in the country.  “The legal situation for Christians in Sudan is really worrisome,” asserted Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, bishop of the south-Sudanese diocese of Tambura-Yambio, during a visit to the headquarters of the Foundation Aid to the Church […]

Iraq: The Christian exodus

1-08-2014  
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The militia of the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL, known in Arabian as the Daech), a Sunnite jihadist formation also striking in Egypt, took Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, on June 9. Archbishop Emil Shimoun Nona, Chaldean archbishop of Mosul, announced early in July that the Iraqi air force had recently “begun […]

Itinerary for the Pope’s journey to South Korea

1-08-2014  
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This summer Pope Francis will pay a visit to South Korea, from August 13-18, 2014, on the occasion of the 6th Catholic Youth Day for the continent of Asia.  Departing from Rome on Wednesday, August 13 at 16:00, the Supreme Pontiff will arrive the following morning in Seoul.  After a private Mass celebrated at the […]

Everything is grace no.3

1-08-2014  
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The end of the Missionary Sisters of Jesus and Mary is to work for the sanctification of one’s neighbor through the generous offering of oneself in the apostolate according to the needs of the common good of the Congregation, of the Society of Saint Pius X and of the Church in the mission countries all […]

A Frenchman heads the “Vatican Bank”

1-08-2014  
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The Frenchman Jean-Baptiste de Franssu replaced the German Ernst von Freyberg on July 9 as head of the IOR, the “Vatican Bank”.  During a joint press conference that was held at the Holy See the same day, each one emphasized the “continuity” between their mandates.  The –year-old French financier is charged with conducting “phase two” […]

Bis repetita non placent

1-08-2014  
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Pope Francis has again granted an interview to the journalist Eugenio Scalfari, who proclaims his atheism everywhere, loud and clear.  The last time, in October, someone noticed that the conversation had not been recorded but transcribed from memory….  This time, according to the spokesman of the Holy See, quotation marks were lacking….  These formal remarks, […]

France: Chapel transformed into a vinothèque

1-08-2014  
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In Dijon, a town-planning project aims to transform the Grande Chapelle of the Holy Ghost Hospital into a wine shop within two years. Constructed in 1504 and consecrated to Catholicism, mass is celebrated every Sunday for the sick and the faithful in the surrounding districts. Now, the hospital on which many depend is closing its […]

Canada: Churches Closed

1-08-2014  
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The Catholic diocese of Antigonish, in southeast Canada, is going to close two of its churches. According to an article published by Radio Ville-Marie’s website on June 20, “these closings are part of a restructuring process laid out in 2007 by the diocese, and accelerated by the huge sums to be paid to the victims […]

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