Sister Ruth Pfau, Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ dies at 87 ‎

German-born Catholic missionary Sister Ruth Pfau, who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan, died on Thursday in the southern city of Karachi, a hospital official said.  The 87-year old nun of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary order, widely known as Pakistan’s Mother Teresa,  was admitted to the Aga Khan Hospital a few days ago suffering from old age complications. Sr. Pfau was eulogized by the prime minister and army chief for her contributions towards freeing the country of the stigmatized disease that can cause disfigurement. “Pfau may…

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Nigeria: Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Province emphasize Marian devotion, liturgical norms

Southwestern Nigeria bishops have issued a statement highlighting the importance of Marian devotion and adherence to liturgical norms. “The message of repentance, reconciliation and peace which Mary brought to us at Fatima, Portugal, 100 years ago is more relevant now than ever,” the bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Ibadan said at the beginning of a nine-paragraph statement on issues affecting the Church in Africa’s most populous nation. Calling for “strict adherence to the liturgical rules and regulations,” the bishops said that “liturgical worship is the lifeblood that flows through…

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Missionary priest made over 50 trips to North Korea to treat TB patients

The Knights of Columbus recently honored an 83- year-old Maryknoll priest who has made over 50 trips to North Korea to treat tuberculosis patients. Father Gerard E. Hammond, who lives in South Korea, is not permitted to preach during his visits to the North, though sometimes he has been permitted to wear his Roman collar. “How did people recognize the first Christians? Well they recognized them because they saw their love and concern for themselves and the small, tiny community. If you can just show a little love and concern,…

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First ever Jesuit bishop ordained in Ireland

A member of the Jesuit Order has been ordained a bishop in Ireland in a marked departure for the Irish Catholic Church. Bishop Alan McGuckian, 64, was ordained Bishop of Raphoe on Sunday, the first ever member of the Jesuit Order to be appointed a bishop in Ireland. Archbishop Eamon Martin ordained the new bishop at the Cathedral of Saints Eunan and Columba in Letterkenny, Co Donegal. In his homily, Archbishop Martin paid tribute to Bishop McGuckian’s family: “I am grateful to your family, your late parents, Brian and Pauline,…

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Mass held in ruins of St Andrew’s Cathedral

A sung Tridentine Mass was held in the ruins of the Cathedral of St Andrew Monday evening as part of a new 60-mile pilgrimage celebrating the saint. The Mass took place after pilgrims had travelled for three days on foot with a relic of St Andrew. It is thought to be the first sung Mass at the site in Fife, Scotland, for at least forty years, the cathedral falling into disrepair after the Scottish Reformation. The Mass, in the Extraordinary Form, attracted a crowd of around fifty people. The Mass…

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Reading for Friday, Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Year A. Memorial: Saint Clare, Virgin. Liturgical Colour: white First Reading: (Deuteronomy 4: 32-40) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 77: 12-13, 14-15, 16 and 21) Gospel: (Matthew 16: 24-28)

First Reading: (Deuteronomy 4: 32-40) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 77: 12-13, 14-15, 16 and 21) Gospel: (Matthew 16: 24-28)   First Reading: (Deuteronomy 4: 32-40) Ask of the days of old, that have been before thy time from the day that God created man upon the earth, from one end of heaven to the other end thereof, if ever there was done the like thing, or it hath been known at any time, That a people should hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of fire, as thou hast…

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Carmelites in Philadelphia rejuvenated with addition of 10 new nuns

The Philadelphia Carmel was virtually on its way out, down to three active nuns in its tiny community. Then on July 25 the cloistered sisters received a boost of 10 fresh faces from Valparaiso, Nebraska, and Elysburg, Pennsylvania. These young women were established members of the two Carmelite communities, but the monasteries they traveled from have been experiencing such an ongoing surge in vocations that they were able to each spare a few sisters, in order to make room for new aspirants to their own communities. The Prioress of the…

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