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Mother Teresa was no softy, says priest

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata

October 8, 2012

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata felt a calling to bring people to God by simply loving them, and her own longing to be close to God through Jesus Christ was like a thirst, said an Austrian priest who for many years was her spiritual adviser.

Evangelization can draw on rosary, says Marian expert

October 8, 2012

As the Church is set to begin the Year of Faith and a synod on the new evangelization, the rosary can play a key role in strengthening and spreading the word of God, said a leading American expert in Marian studies.

Christian politicians must protect marriage, says pope

Pope Benedict

October 8, 2012

Christian politicians have a duty to protect human life, traditional marriage and the common good, Pope Benedict said.

New bishops urged to proclaim Gospel with courage

October 1, 2012

Bishops today must be courageous in proclaiming the Gospel, encouraging others to grow in faith and working to ensure the unity of the church based on adherence to its teaching, Pope Benedict said.

Albanians in blood feuds will be excommunicated

October 1, 2012

Albanian Catholic leaders warned they would excommunicate anyone involved in the traditional gjakmarrja, or blood feud, after complaints of worsening violence.

Defending marriage is prophetic, pope says

October 1, 2012

Defending traditional marriage is not an expression of backward thinking, said Pope Benedict, but of values essential to the future of humanity.

Volume 3 of pope’s trilogy due before Christmas

October 1, 2012

The third volume of Pope Benedict’s book on Jesus of Nazareth should be published before Christmas, the Vatican said.

Christians, Muslims must witness to peace – pope

October 1, 2012

Pope Benedict said his three-day trip to Lebanon convinced him that now is the time for Christians and Muslims to bear witness together against violence and in favour of dialogue and peace.

U.S. working class Catholics tend to support abortion

October 1, 2012

A majority of white working-class Catholics – 56 per cent – think abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.

Philly home for priests sold for $4.5M

October 1, 2012

A vacation house at the South Jersey shore used by generations of elderly priests was sold at auction by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for $4.5 million Sept. 15.

Abuse victims come first, says new doctrinal head

October 1, 2012

The senior Vatican official with authority for investigating priests accused of sexual abuse said that, in such cases, “always and everywhere the most important concern is for those who have been the victims of this terrible abuse.”

Americans confused about end-of-life care

October 1, 2012

The U.S. National Palliative Care Research Center estimates that 90 million Americans are living with serious or life-threatening illnesses and the number is expected to double over the next 25 years.

Turmoil in Kenya

October 1, 2012

Policemen patrol through the remains of a burned village after ethnic violence in the Tana River Delta in Kenya’s coastal region Sept. 11.

Mexican bishops lambaste country’s teachers’ union

September 24, 2012

Mexico’s Catholic bishops called for an overhaul of the country’s education system, saying in a pastoral letter that the powerful national teachers’ union and its leader put politics and other issues ahead of teaching children.

New bishops warned to expect criticism

September 24, 2012

The Gospel in effect promises Christians they will face criticism.

So even the Church’s leaders must learn to recognize when criticism is valid and when they must carry on with courage, the pope’s top collaborator told a group of new bishops.

Seminarians urged to rely on Church teaching

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

September 24, 2012

In a letter to seminarians of the Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl encouraged them to rely on authentic Catholic teaching in their preparation for the priesthood, so that they will be able to share the truth of the Church’s teachings with the people they will one day serve.

Accepted invitation

September 24, 2012

Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, spiritual head of the Anglican Communion, and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople will join Pope Benedict’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

Philadelphia archbishop’s residence sold for $10M

Philadelphia archbishop's home

September 24, 2012

St. Joseph’s University will buy the archbishop of Philadelphia’s residence for $10 million, the university announced Sept. 7.

Swiss bishop calls for Church reforms

September 24, 2012

A spokesman for the Swiss bishops’ conference defended its newly elected president, Bishop Markus Buchel of Sankt Gallen, after he called for local bishops to have a greater say on Church reforms.

Vatican firmly condemns U.S. deaths in Libya

September 24, 2012

The Vatican firmly condemned the recent attack against a U.S. consulate in Libya, which led to the death of a U.S. ambassador, three U.S. personnel and at least 10 Libyans.