Pope names Cardinal Bertello special envoy for diocesan celebration in Italy

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Governorate of Vatican City State, as his Special Envoy for the bicentennial celebrations of the founding of the Diocese of Cuneo in Italy. Celebrations will be held on 16 July in the Cathedral, St. Mary of the Woods. Cardinal Bertello is to be accompanied by Msgr. Giovanni Battista Riberi, Vicar General of the diocese, and Msgr. Don Roberto Mondino, Secretary of the Presbiteral Council. Pope Francis sent the following letter to Cardinal Bertello for the occasion. Venerabili Fratri Nostro IOSEPHO S.R.E. Cardinali BERTELLO…

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Pope Francis creates new category for beatification: oblatio vitae

Pope Francis has added a fourth pathway to possible sainthood. Until now, gaining consideration for sainthood in the Catholic Church required martyrdom, living a life of heroic virtue or — less frequently invoked — having a clear saintly reputation. The Vatican announced Tuesday that the pope has issued a motu proprio “Maiorem Hac Dilectionem” outlining a new route: people who lived a good Catholic life and who freely accepted a certain and premature death for the good of others. This is the first change to the main sainthood requirements in centuries.…

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Pope Francis: ‘Europe must be federal’

Pope Francis has reportedly said that Europe “must become a federal community or it will no longer count for anything in the world”. His comments were apparently made in an interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the 93-year-old La Repubblica journalist who does not record interviews or take notes. Scalfari writes that he told Pope Francis that Europe must become a federal state if it is to deal with the ongoing migrant crisis, to which the Pope responded, “True, I have repeatedly raised this.” Pope Francis then continued, “The countries [of Europe] will act if they…

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Reading for Wednesday, Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time Year A. Liturgical Colour: green First Reading : (Genesis 41: 55-57; 42: 5-7a, 17-24a) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 33: 2-3, 10-11, 18-19) Gospel: (Matthew 10: 1-7)

First Reading : (Genesis 41: 55-57; 42: 5-7a, 17-24a) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 33: 2-3, 10-11, 18-19) Gospel: (Matthew 10: 1-7)   First Reading : (Genesis 41: 55-57; 42: 5-7a, 17-24a) And when there also they began to be famished, the people cried to Pharao for food. And he said to them: Go to Joseph: and do all that he shall say to you. And the famine increased daily in all the land: and Joseph opened all the barns, and sold to the Egyptians: for the famine had oppressed them also. And all provinces…

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Pro-lifers alarmed at call to use abortion as birth control

More than half of women who seek abortions were using contraception at the time they conceived, an abortion provider has revealed. Data collected by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) found that 51.2 per cent of 60,592 women who went for abortions at its clinics had been using at least one form of contraception. The charity said that about nine in 100 women using the Pill would become pregnant each year. BPAS is using its evidence to make the case for late-term abortions, arguing that abortion is a necessary part…

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Trust God and be True To Him

Take time to worship God today. There is so much He does for us that we do not take cognizance of. So much he protects us from that we do not see or know about. God is ever faithful but the devil and our worries keep us from seeing and appreciating how faithful He is. Know today that only God has total control over you. Only God can pass a verdict over your life. Only God has a say in your life. So learn to trust God more. It is…

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Mother Tried to Abort Her Baby But the Abortion Failed, Now She Absolutely Loves Her Son

Kirsten Hay wants struggling young moms to know that there are people willing to help when they feel all alone. Hay, who became pregnant at age 19, knows from personal experience. She said she tried to abort her son and, when her son survived, struggled with severe postpartum depression, according to The Sun. But today, the Scottish mom said she loves her son, Oscar, so much and cannot imagine life without him. She said she and Oscar are doing well because they received good support from people around them. Hay said…

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