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Faith in Jesus means being optimistic – synod

November 5, 2012

Despite the growth of secularism, increased hostility toward Christianity and sinful behaviour by some Church ministers, members of the Synod of Bishops said they are optimistic about the future because of Christ’s promise of salvation.

Collins gets his own parish . . . in Rome

Cardinal Thomas Collins

November 5, 2012

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto took possession of his titular church Oct. 23, celebrating an evening Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in Rome.

Material progress won’t make you free, happy

November 5, 2012

The world’s huge technological and scientific progress hasn’t always made people freer or happier, Pope Benedict said.

Former papal butler begins prison term

November 5, 2012

Paolo Gabriele, the pope’s former butler who was found guilty of aggravated theft, was transferred from house arrest to a Vatican prison cell to begin his 18-month sentence.

Chaput: Catholic teaching trumps party loyalty

November 5, 2012

Church teaching against abortion “requires absolute adherence” on the part of Catholic voters, who must “stand united” in opposition to the practice regardless of party affiliation, said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

Catholics urge more focus on social justice – survey

November 5, 2012

A large U.S. study on faith and political views released Oct. 23 highlighted Catholics’ interest in having social justice take a bigger role in the Church’s policy priorities.

Breakdown of discipline betrayed Vatican II

November 5, 2012

Abandonment of internal Church discipline over the past half century has undermined the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, said the cardinal who heads the Vatican’s supreme court.

SSPX expels Bishop Williamson

November 5, 2012

The leadership of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X has expelled British Bishop Richard Williamson from the society, saying he distanced himself from them and refused “to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors.”

Fashion designer helps women escape trafficking

November 5, 2012

The carpet of the Harbor Room at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa, served as fashion runway for Elegantees, designer Katie Martinez’s clothing line.

New Catholics long to confess sins, says Dolan

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

October 29, 2012

Adult converts to Catholicism regularly cite three things about Catholicism that they find attractive: the sacrament of Confession, the pope and devotion to Mary, said New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Indulgences available for Year of Faith

October 29, 2012

Catholics who participate in events connected with the 2012-2013 Year of Faith can receive a special indulgence, the Vatican said.

Ignorance of faith opens door to secularism

Pope Benedict

October 29, 2012

Ignorance of the faith puts Christians at risk of following a “do-it-yourself” religion, Pope Benedict said.

Church teachings give women freedom – law prof

Helen Alvare

October 29, 2012

Helen Alvare, former U.S. bishops’ pro-life spokeswoman, is the co-author and editor of a new book, Breaking Through, Catholic Women Speak for Themselves.

Farm co-ops better than profit-making, says pope

October 29, 2012

Farm co-ops can provide the world with an “alternative vision” to government or international agriculture policies that place too much emphasis on profits, protecting certain markets or employing new technology that could prove dangerous, Pope Benedict said.

Canonization rite moved out of Mass

October 29, 2012

In a continuing effort to preserve the integrity of the liturgy, Pope Benedict has decreed that the rite of canonization of a saint will now be held prior to the Mass.

Salvador tourists can follow route of Romero

October 29, 2012

The Salvadoran government will open a tourist route in honour of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was killed by death squads in March 1980.

Nigerian bishop honoured for peace efforts

Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan

October 29, 2012

Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, is the 2012 Pax Christi International Peace Laureate.

Water of life

October 29, 2012

A two-year-old girl from Germany drinks water from a fountain just outside St. Peter’s Square.

S. Sudan seminary moves, limits students

October 22, 2012

Already facing a shortage of priests, the Catholic Church in the world’s newest nation has closed a portion of its seminary, leaving dozens of young men stranded on the road to the priesthood.

Jesus’ birth no fairytale, pope says in new book

October 22, 2012

Jesus was not born “once upon a time” as in a fable, but in a historically verifiable place and moment that were detailed accurately in the Gospel of Luke, Pope Benedict writes in the third volume of his work, Jesus of Nazareth.