US bishop orders halt to Communion services without a priest

The Bishop of Santa Rosa has ordered an immediate halt to Communion services in his diocese where a priest is not present, saying such services are “not consistent with the Instructions from the Holy See”. Bishop Robert Vasa told Catholics in his Californian diocese that the services must cease as of August 1, citing an Instruction from the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments issued in 2004. The Instruction says that diocesan bishops “should not easily grant permission” for Communion Services without a priest to be held on weekdays…

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Varadkar: I’ll push Pope on accepting same-sex families

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says he will tell Pope Francis that families headed by same-sex couples are equal to traditional families when the Pontiff visits Ireland later this month. The two are due to meet at Dublin Castle as the Pope visits for the World Meeting of Families, the Catholic Church’s celebration of the family. Asked what he would say to Pope Francis, Varadkar told journalists last Tuesday he would express “our view as a society and as a government that families come in all sorts of different forms…

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In Western Europe, Christians who don’t go to church outnumber those who do

Most Western Europeans identify as Christian, but say they do not, or seldom, attend church services – outnumbering those Christians who do attend church, a survey from the Pew Research Center has reported. Released May 29, results found in 12 of the 15 surveyed Western European countries, non-practicing Christians (defined as those who self-identify as Christian but report attending church services less than once per month) made up the largest religious group, beating out both religious “nones” and churchgoing Christians. The telephone survey was conducted in mid-2017 with more than…

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Miracle God: The Congolese Catholic priest that contracted Ebola is healed

Fr.Lucian Ambunga, the Catholic priest who got infected with Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been healed. Earlier this week, Health officials in Congo revealed that the priest from the diocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro was quarantined after he tested positive to the Ebola virus. It was reported that Fr. Lucian contracted Ebola while ‘taking care of someone who passed away.’ Some weeks ago his Bishop in DRC was pictured praying for him where he was quarantined. Today! God healed him. He is back to his Parish. To God…

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Communion for Protestants married to Catholics requires further study, Pope says.

Pope Francis has invited German bishops to await legislation that is applicable to the whole universal Church on the delicate question of allowing Protestants who are married to Catholics to receive Communion in Catholic Churches. His request came in a letter sent on his behalf by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Luis Ladaria, to the President of the German Episcopal Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx. The text highlights the need to carefully evaluate the repercussions and impact that any decision may have on the…

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We cannot share Communion with non-Catholics like beer or cake says Cardinal Arinze

Holy Communion is exclusively for Catholics in a state of grace and not something to be shared between friends like beer or cake, said a former senior adviser to two popes. Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze said any moves to give greater access to Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics and to non-Catholic spouses of Catholics represented “serious” challenges to the teaching of the Church on the Eucharist. In an interview with Catholic News Service, he implicitly objected to interpretations of Pope Francis’s 2016 apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” that would permit…

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PAINFUL!!! A CATHOLIC PRIEST CONTACTS EBOLA DISEASE

The Ebola disease which had sent many Africans to their untimely grave has also been diagnosed again in some patients in Congo. According to a World Health Organization count, 58 cases have been identified since early April. Many people have already been quarantined, including Rev Fr. Lucien Ambunga from the town of Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He contacted the virus while visiting and anointing the sick. Ebola spreads through contact with bodily fluids and is both highly infectious and extremely lethal. Yet, among the duties of a…

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Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of May 2018: The mission of Laity

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of May 2018: The mission of Laity The Mission of Laity: That the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today. Please remember the Holy Father Pope Francis’ intention in prayer throughout the month of May. The Holy Father has entrusted this intention in a particular way to the Apostleship of Prayer, an organization that works to encourage Christians to respond to the Pope’s appeal and to deepen their daily prayer.

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Nigerian Catholic Priest Who Resigned gets married (PHOTOS)

Rev. Patrick Henry Edet, who resigned months ago from Priesthood is set to walk down the aisle March 17, 2018. Meanwhile, he has tied the knot traditionally with his beautiful wife. l Mr. Edet has been running his own church, the Grace Family, since he left the Catholic fold in July 2017 He broke the news about his planned wedding in the church on Tuesday. Last year, Edet had stated that the resignation marked the beginning of ‘freedom’ for his spirit and soul. Edet said after 11 long years, he…

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Mary, Mother of the Church, Gets a Date on the Roman Calendar

The Monday after Pentecost will from now on be celebrated as the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church, Pope Francis has declared. The announcement came in a decree issued March 3, 2018, by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. It was signed by Cardinal Robert Sarah, its Prefect. “The joyous veneration given to the Mother of God by the contemporary Church, in light of reflection on the mystery of Christ and on his nature, cannot ignore the figure of a woman…

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