Pope sends telegram to President of France.

Pope Francis has sent a telegram to the new President of France, Emmanuel Macron. The telegram began with the words “On the occasion of your investiture as the President of the Republic of France, I send you my very cordial wishes for the exercise of your high office, at the service of all your people.” The message went on to say that the Pope prays that France always strives  to “build a more just and fraternal society, drawing on the rich diversity of moral traditions, of which Christianity is one.”…

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Pope to meet with President of Italy

On Saturday 10 June, Pope Francis will pay an official visit to the Quirinale palace and meet with the President of the Italian Republic, His Excellency Sergio Mattarella. The Pope’s visit will reciprocate Mattarella’s 2015 visit to the Apostolic Palace.

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Nigerian Archbishop to lead Lutheran World Federation

The archbishop of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, Musa Panti Filibus, was elected president of the Lutheran World Federation on May 13. Nearly 150 ecclesial communities in 89 nations belong to the federation. The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, with 2.2 million members, is the 13th largest. Filibus, an early proponent of women’s ordination in Nigeria, hails from northeastern Nigeria, where the jihadist terrorist organization Boko Haram is active. “I see the great need to pay attention to questions of religiously motivated violence in the world today,”…

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Reading for Wednesday, Fifth Week of Easter. Liturgical Colour: white ?First Reading : (Acts 15: 1-6) ?Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 122: 1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5) ?Gospel: ( John 15: 1-8)

First Reading : (Acts 15: 1-6) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 122: 1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5) Gospel: ( John 15: 1-8)   First Reading : (Acts 15: 1-6) And some coming down from Judea, taught the brethren: That except you be circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved. And when Paul and Barnabas had no small contest with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain others of the other side, should go up to the apostles and priests to Jerusalem about this question. They therefore being brought on their way by…

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The Worst Thing About Parish Closures Isn’t Lost History, It’s Something Much Worse

Last weekend, another diocese in the United States announced widespread parish closings and consolidations. They are just the latest in a long line of other dioceses doing the same thing. This is, of course, a painful process. The reason a parish closes is practical: there aren’t enough people attending to support it anymore. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t hurt feelings, sometimes a sense of betrayal, or even occasionally full-on organized resistance. I get the sense from reading about these things that many people are pained most by the loss of communities they held dear. And that is a real…

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Doctors Meeting to Determine if Raped 10- Year-Old Girl Can Abort her 20-Week-Old Baby

Doctors are scheduled to debate a highly controversial abortion case this week in India involving the lives of a 10-year-old rape victim and her unborn baby. The girl, only recently discovered to be pregnant, already is past the 20-week legal abortion limit in India,according to The Express Tribune. Exceptions are allowed if the mother’s life is in danger. The BBC reports a team of medical experts is scheduled to meet this week to determine if the girl should be allowed to have a late-term abortion. Mirage News reports the girl’s family discovered…

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Church criticizes Indonesia’s retention of death penalty

Catholic Church leaders in Indonesia have deplored the nation’s rejection of the abolition of the death penalty in the southeast Asian nation. Abolishing the death penalty was one of the recommendations put to Indonesia by member states at the 27th session of the U.N. Universal Period Review in Geneva, Switzerland.  Law and Human Rights Minister, Yasonna Laoly, who led the Indonesian delegation, rejected the recommendation, saying the death penalty was an integral part of President Joko Widodo‘s fight against narcotics, which she said was one of the top-three causes of…

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Vatican releases details of Papal Visit to Genoa

The Vatican has released details of Pope Francis upcoming Pastoral Visit to Genoa. The one day visit will begin with an encounter with the “world of labour.” Later he will meet with the Bishops of Liguria, along with the priests, seminarians, and religious of the region; as well as lay curial collaborators, and representatives of other religious confessions at the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Pope Francis will than have an opportunity to spend time with young people attached to the Diocesan Mission at the Marian Sanctuary of the Madonna della…

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