Cardinal Maradiaga makes personal attack on Cardinal Burke

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, the chairman of the Council of Cardinals, has launched a startling personal attack on Cardinal Raymond Burke, calling the American prelate “a poor man,” and saying that his thoughts “don’t merit further comment.” The Honduran cardinal made a series of scathing comments about Cardinal Burke in a new book- length interview, published in Italy under the title Solo il Vangelo e rivoluzionario (“Only the Gospel Is Revolutionary). He charged that Cardinal Burke was creating dissent within the Church with his criticism of Amoris Laetitia. “What sense…

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Archbishop of Sydney condemns treatment of Cardinal Pell: ‘Australians have a right to expect better’

Public prosecutors have submitted recommendations to Victoria Police on whether to try Australian Cardinal George Pell on decades-old abuse allegations, but their advice has not been made public. Until police decide how to proceed, Archbishop Anthony Fisher has said he will not be commenting on the case. “Justice must be left to run its course,” Archbishop Fisher said in a statement this week. Archbishop Fisher said Cardinal Pell, currently head of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, “has cooperated in every way with multiple police, parliamentary and Royal Commission investigations.”…

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True doctrine unites, but when it becomes ideology it divides, Pope Francis says.

On May 19 at morning Mass, Pope told the congregation that doctrine unites the Church, but ideology divides believers. Reflecting on the day’s days reading, which recounted the story of the Council of Jerusalem, and the debate on enforcing Mosaic law, the Pope said that the “liberty of the Spirit” led the disciples to an accord. However, the Pope said that the dispute within the early Church was caused by “jealousies, power struggles, a certain deviousness that wanted to profit from and to buy power.” These temptations are always present…

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Reading for Saturday, Fifth Week of Easter, Year A. Memorial: Saint Bernardine of Siena, Priest. Liturgical Colour: white/white 🔦First Reading : (Acts 16: 1-10) 🔦Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 100: 1b-2, 3, 5) 🎙Gospel: ( John 15: 18-21)

First Reading : (Acts 16: 1-10) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 100: 1b-2, 3, 5) Gospel: ( John 15: 18-21)   First Reading : (Acts 16: 1-10) And he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, there was a certain disciple there named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman that believed; but his father was a Gentile. To this man the brethren that were in Lystra and Iconium, gave a good testimony. Him Paul would have to go along with him: and taking him he circumcised him, because of the Jews who were in…

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The first Catholic church in 60 years is being built in Cuba

Funded by a parish in Florida, a new Catholic church is being built in Cuba and is the first the island nation has seen in 60 years. Father Ramon Hernandez, pastor of St. Lawrence church in Tampa, said he and his parishioners are happy to see how their funds have financed the project, and said he looks forward to the inauguration Mass taking place early next year. Saint Lawrence provided $95,000 in donations for the church’s construction in Sandino, Cuba, located in the western corner of the country. The new…

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Pope Francis in surprise “mercy Friday” visit, blesses homes of Rome’s poor

On Friday Pope Francis made a Year-of-Mercy style visit to a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Rome, blessing the houses of a dozen people, as parish priests do every year during the Easter season. According to a May 19 Vatican communique, the Pope wanted to continue the “Mercy Friday” visits he made during the Jubilee of Mercy, which are signs “inspired by the corporal and spiritual works of mercy” he performed during the Holy Year. “As a sign of closeness to the families living on the peripheries of Rome,…

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Pope to research scientists: Never destroy embryos for research

Pope Francis in a May 18 address to people affected by Huntington’s disease, reiterated the moral principle that human embryos should not be destroyed for purposes of research, however beneficial. Huntington’s disease causes the progressive breakdown of brain function, and the Pontiff acknowledged that treatment of the disease had long been handicapped by “misunderstandings and barriers.” The victims were shunted to the side as they lost their ability to speak and to function normally, he said; as the victims disappeared from public view, the disease was not widely recognized. This…

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