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Pope Francis has signed a decree clearing the way for the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and has decided also to ask the world's cardinals to vote on the canonization of Blessed John XXIII, even in the absence of a miracle.
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A sick Syrian father said he and his family lived outdoors in the cold, under plastic sheeting, for months after their dwellings were destroyed near Damascus.
Presenting Pope Francis' new encyclical and acknowledging how much of it was prepared by retired Pope Benedict XVI, top Vatican officials hailed it as a unique expression of the development of papal teaching and unity in faith.
VATICAN CITY – An encyclical is considered the most authoritative form of papal writing, and though many examples are now remembered only by scholars, the messages of others have continued to resonate within the Church and beyond.
Today's society has "lost its sense of God's tangible presence and activity in our world," Pope Francis says in his first encyclical.
A few years ago I heard about Chalice, a Canadian Catholic sponsorship Organization. What caught my attention was that Chalice had been recognized as the top charity in the International Aid and Development category and that 93 per cent of its money goes towards programming.
OTTAWA – Faith formation and evangelization are the keys to carrying out the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's (SSVP) focus on justice and charity, says the society's international president-general.
Continue to help the poor but also find ways to fight the causes of poverty, Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Que., told members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul June 28.
While many stayed in the city to partake in Canada Day celebrations, several hundred Catholic families spent the Canada Day long weekend at Lac Ste. Anne barbecuing, playing games, praying, attending Mass and listening to speakers.
Evangelization is not just apologetics or helping the poor or filling the Church with new converts, says a Detroit-based preacher and evangelist.