Bishop Curlin celebrates 60th jubilee

Bishop William G. Curlin (center) celebrated Mass in honor of his 60th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood on May 20 at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Father Mark Lawlor, pastor (left), Father Paul Gary, pastor of St. Luke Church in Mint Hill (right), and Father Casey Coleman, parochial vicar of St. Vincent de Paul Church (background), concelebrated the Mass attended by the Knights and Dames of Malta. They held a luncheon reception for Bishop Curlin after the Mass and presented him with letters from the Vatican, bishops from around…

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Trump arrives in Rome for meeting with Pope Francis

President Trump has arrived in Rome for his first audience with Pope Francis, at the Vatican on Wednesday. The visit to the Vatican is the third stop of Trump’s tour of sites representing three major religions. Over the weekend he stopped in Saudi Arabia, where he delivered an address to Muslim leaders, and Monday through Tuesday he visited Israel and the West Bank and met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Trump and Francis will certainly have differences to iron out during their meeting. In February 2016 the pontiff remarked on then-candidate…

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Pope Francis Calls Consistory to Create 5 New Cardinals

In a surprise announcement on Sunday May 21, Pope Francis said he will hold a consistory to make five new cardinals on June 28. Two are Europeans—from Spain and Sweden—while the other three come from Africa (Mali), Asia (Laos) and Latin America (El Salvador). The names of the new cardinals-elect are: Jean Zerbo (age 74), archbishop of Bamako, Mali; Juan José Omella (71), archbishop of Barcelona, Spain; Anders Arborelius (68), bishop of Stockholm, Sweden; Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun (73), vicar apostolic of Paksé, Laos; and Gregorio Rosa Chávez (75), auxiliary bishop…

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Pope Francis arrives in Portugal for Fatima trip

Pope Francis has arrived in Portugal where he is to visit the shrine at Fatima, one of the world’s most popular Catholic pilgrimage sites. Two Portuguese Air Force F-16 fighter jets escorted the pope’s plane as it came in to land at the Monte Real Portuguese Air Force base, which lies amid pine forests a short distance from the rural town of Fatima. A guard of honor has lined up on the runway next to the plane. The pontiff’s first official event Friday is a brief private meeting with Portuguese…

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Coptic Pope Tawadros embarks on UK pastoral visit

Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II begins his first pastoral visit to the UK on Friday. He is scheduled to visit Coptic parishes across the country, officiating at liturgical services and performing several consecrations, while also meeting with parishioners. Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, will receive Pope Tawadros on Friday and accompany him throughout his stay. The bishop said: “This is a historic visit, not only of the 118th Pope of Alexandria to the United Kingdom, but more personally for His Holiness Pope Tawadros,…

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Trump to meet Pope Francis on May 24

The Vatican had announced that President Donald Trump will meet Pope Francis during a visit later this month. “His Holiness Pope Francis will receive the Hon. Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, at 8:30 a.m. in the Apostolic Palace,” the Vatican announced Thursday. “President Trump will then meet with His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.”

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Catholic and Anglican archbishops to play historic joint role in Ireland’s first beatification

The first beatification ceremony to be held in Ireland will take place in Dublin on May 13. Fr John Sullivan, a Jesuit famed for his devotion to the poor and sick and for the efficacy of his prayers, will be beatified at the Jesuit Gardiner Street church where he is buried. In an unprecedented gesture, the formal request for beatification will be made by Anglican as well as Catholic archbishops. This is because Fr Sullivan was raised Anglican before converting to Catholicism. During the Mass, a large portrait of Fr…

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St Padre Pio relics to tour the United States

Relics of St. Padre Pio will soon be touring the United States, with stops at a number of dioceses during a two-part tour later this year. The relics will be on display for veneration between Masses at cathedrals across America from May 6-21 and again From September 16 – October 1 this year. The tour is taking place to commemorate the 130th anniversary of Padre Pio’s birth, and the 15th anniversary of his canonization. It is being sponsored by the Saint Pio Foundation, which works to promote awareness of the…

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Our Lady of Fatima is coming to the United Nations The May 12 United Nations event is titled, “The Centenary of Fatima and the Enduring Relevance of Its Message of Peace,” and will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

One day before the May 13 celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, a statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be visiting the United Nations. May 12 will mark the second time this particular statue has been to the United Nations, the first being in 1952. Among the presenters at the May 12 United Nations event is Johnnette Benkovic, founder and president of EWTN’s Women of Grace. “As she [Our Lady] came to the world through her apparitions to the shepherd children, the 100th anniversary of which…

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Pope Francis to ordain priests in Vatican on 7 May

Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Mass on the morning of 7 May 2017, the 4th Sunday of Easter, during which he will ordain several transitional deacons to the priesthood. The Vatican’s Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff made the announcement on Thursday. The Rite for the Ordination to the Priesthood will take place at 9:15 AM in St. Peter’s Basilica. Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome, will concelebrate with the Holy Father, along with the Vicegerente of Rome, Archbishop Filippo Iannone, and…

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