Internet was ‘never meant for children’, says bishop

A bishop has warned that the internet poses “multiple dangers” to children, given its origins as a “system developed for adults”. John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, referred to the World Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital Age, a convention held by the Vatican in October. “It shows the Holy See is really concerned about the present situation, the way in which there are multiple dangers faced by children in the age of the internet,” he said. “It has a structure that was developed for adults, for free communication,…

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Kidnapped Nigerian Catholic Priest released

Fr Alloy Anudu, the Nigerian Catholic priest that was abducted on Saturday November 13, has been released. Fr Anudu was released with no ransom paid. He was dropped while blindfolded at St. Anthony’s Parish, Umunkwo, Isiala Mbano LGA Imo State on Saturday night being November 18. His colleagues were informed about the development and he was picked from St. Anthony’s Parish and dropped at his parish at St. Mary’s Parish Dikenafai, Orlu diocese. TO GOD BE THE GLORY

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Nigeria: another Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Imo State

Rev. Fr. Aloysius Anudu, the Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Parish, Dikenafai, Orlu diocese, Imo state Nigeria has been kidnapped. It was reported that Fr Aloysius was kidnapped on Monday evening  at Amaraku while returning from Owerri to his base in St Mary’s Parish Dikenafai. May we join our voices to call down divine assistance for his immediate release. More news as events unfold…

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Pope Francis gets $237,000 personalized white supercar as a gift but auctions it off for charity

Lamborghini gave Pope Francis a personalized white supercar on Wednesday, but he put it up for auction to raise money for charity rather than give up his trademark popemobile. The Huracan sports car, which boasts a 610 metric horsepower, was blessed by the pontiff, who bent to scrawl his signature on its gleaming bonnet before it was sent off to Sotheby’s auction house. The supercar usually goes for around $237,000, but this model — featuring gold stripes and gold-rimmed wing mirrors in homage to the pope’s gold-tipped stole — is…

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Nigeria: Gunmen abduct 7 reverend sisters in Benin

Unknown Gunmen abduct seven reverend sisters in Benin City, Nigeria. In the early hours of Tuesday around 2:30am, unknown gunmen invaded the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus (EHJ) convent in Benin, Edo state and kidnapped seven reverend sisters. Please pray for their safety and quick release. Details shortly…

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Pope bans cigarette sales at Vatican

Concerned by the damage caused by smoking, Pope Francis has banned the sale of cigarettes in Vatican City State. Starting in 2018, the Vatican “will cease to sell cigarettes to employees,” Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, said in a statement. “The reason is very simple: The Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people,” he said. “According to the World Health Organization, every year smoking is the cause of more than seven million deaths throughout the world.” The Vatican used to be known as a…

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Pope sends handwritten letter to blind soldier

Pope Francis has sent a handwritten letter to a Colombian soldier who lost his sight during the country’s civil war. The Pope met Edwin Restrepo, a retired marine, during his visit to Colombia in September. On November 9, Restrepo received the letter, in which the Pope thanked him for his sacrifice during Colombia’s armed conflict. The Pope also told the veteran he was still holding on to his “touching” gift. When Pope Francis visited a Colombian airbase in September, he greeted soldiers and police officers maimed during the war. When…

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Pope Francis: Mass is for the Eucharist, not pictures. Put the phone away.

On Wednesday, a fiery Pope Francis chastised those who spend Mass talking to others, looking at their phone or even taking pictures during papal liturgies, saying these are distractions that take focus away from the “heart of the Church,” which is the Eucharist. “The Mass is not a show: it is to go to meet the passion and resurrection of the Lord,” the Pope said Nov. 8. “The Lord is here with us, present. Many times we go there, we look at things and chat among ourselves while the priest…

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In the Eucharist we receive the grace to love, Pope says.

On Sunday Pope Francis reflected on Jesus’ command to love God above all things, and your neighbor as yourself, saying that it is in the Eucharist that we receive the grace to carry this out. “God, who is Love, has created us to make us part of his life, to be loved and to love Him, and to love all other people with Him. This is God’s ‘dream’ for man. And in order to accomplish it we need his grace, we need to receive in us the ability to love…

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Archbishop consecrates diocese to Immaculate Heart in Fatima

Archbishop Leo Cushley has consecrated the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Fatima, Portugal, on the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance there to three local shepherd children. The consecration came at the end of a Mass in the Chapel of Apparitions, the location of the Marian apparitions in 1917. “In this centenary year it seemed appropriate to consecrate the whole diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and where better place to do it but in the shade of where the tree…

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