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Spirit FM presents the 4Fathers Podcast! It's an opportunity to join in the conversation and friendship of four priests of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Through their families, formation and ministry, they grapple with the realities that confront us all.

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Vatican Museums open doors wider with mobile-friendly website

IMAGE: CNS/Paul HaringBy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In an effort to share its masterpieceswith even more people around the world, the Vatican Museums has established aYouTube channel and revamped its website to offer high-resolution images andmobile-friendly information.The "Musei Vaticani" YouTube channel listsshort visual "tours" of some of its collections along with a handfulof promotional videos highlighting specially tailored tours and services offeredon-site, including signingguides for the deaf or hard-of-hearing.Its website, museivaticani.va, has been completelyrevamped to be compatible with all platforms and devices in order to extend itsreach to even "remote corners of the earth," said Barbara Jatta, the museums' new director, saidat a Vatican news conference Jan. 23.The site, offered in five languages, features a sleekerdesign, simpler texts and faster navigation, Jatta said. Links to pages canalso be shared via Twitter, Facebook or email.The website provides infor...

San Antonio's new auxiliary has a specialty in spiritual direction

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2017 / 08:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday the Vatican announced that Msgr. Michael J. Boulette, founder of an organization dedicated entirely to giving spiritual direction and training spiritual directors, will now be an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of San Antonio.Headed by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, the Archdiocese of San Antonio hasn’t had an auxiliary bishop since 2013 when their previous auxiliary, Oscar Cantu, was named as the Bishop of Las Cruces.Bishop-elect Boulette, 66, and a member of the clergy of San Antonio, is the founder and director of the “Saint Peter upon the Water” center for spiritual direction and formation.He launched the center in 2004 as place offering formation programs for priests who give spiritual direction, as well as opportunities for individuals to receive spiritual direction themselves. The center also publishes texts on spiritual topics and hosts speakers for parish retreats and missions.Born J...

Mafia crime is 'radically opposed' to the Gospel, Pope says

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2017 / 07:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Frequently an outspoken critic against organized crime, Pope Francis again came out with harsh words for those involved in the mafia and other criminal activities, which he said are “stained with blood” and go directly against the faith.“The phenomena of the mafia, which is an expression of a culture of death, is (something) to oppose and to fight,” the Pope said Jan. 23.Mafia activity “is radically opposed to the faith and to the Gospel, which are important for life,” he said, adding that true followers of Christ “have thoughts of peace, fraternity, justice, welcome and forgiveness.”Pope Francis spoke to members of the National Anti-Mafia and Anti-terrorism Bureau during an audience with the organization in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.He initially made headlines regarding the mafia in June 2014 during his visit to the southern Diocese of Cassano all'Jonio, during whi...

Zambia's Catholic Bishops call for the protection of children.

Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) president Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu has called for the protection of children and minors.Speaking on behalf of other Catholic Bishops of Zambia during the opening of a one-day workshop on Child Protection held at Lusaka’s Kapingila House Monday, Lusaka Archdiocese's Archbishop Mpundu described the statistics on reported cases of abused children as a tragedy.Archbishop Mpundu further called for the reversal of the situation and announced that that the Church stands in a singular position to spearhead the campaign.“[I am informed that] every single month at the University Teaching Hospital 120 children below the age of 8 admitted to the hospital as a result of abuse. And these are numbers of children whom we know about. These are cases reported to the police and followed up. But a greater number is not even known. This is a tragedy which must be reversed, and the Church stands ready in a singular position to spearhead t...

Pope: Mafia expression of the culture of death that is opposed to Gospel

(Vatican Radio) "The Mafia is an expression of the culture of death that is opposed to the Gospel." Those were Pope Francis' words to members of the Italian National Antimafia and Antiterrorism Directorate who he received on Monday in the Vatican.Listen: Meeting with the Italian National Antimafia and Antiterrorism directorate in the Vatican on Monday, Pope Francis expressed his appreciation for the difficult and risky work they do in the fight against organized crime and terrorism.He told those gathered that society needed to be healed from corruption, extortion, the illegal trafficking of drugs and arms, and the trafficking in human beings, including children.The Pope also commended both groups for their law enforcement activities in collaboration with other states saying that, this work carried out in synergy was important for a secure society.During his address, the Holy Father urged them in particular  “to devote every effort especially in comba...

Indian archbishop demands safety for train travelers ?

After a train accident killed at least 39 people in a southern Indian state Saturday night, an Indian archbishop has demanded that both the Indian federal and state governments focus on the safety of travelers.   "It is high time that the governments put the safety and security of its citizens above short-term political and other gains," Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi said in a statement following the Jan. 22 derailment of the Hirakhand Express in Vizianagram district of Andhra Pradesh state.  The train plying from Jagdalpur to Bhubaneswar derailed at about 11:20 pm near Kuneri station, about 30 km from the town of Rayagada.Expressing anguish at the frequent rail accidents, Archbishop Couto of the Indian capital, said that the government and railway officials seem to ignore and brush aside safety recommendations for train passengers.  The Indian government is pushing hard to introduce high-speed bullet trains spending millions of rupees but "is r...

Pope Francis: the wonders of the priesthood of Christ

(Vatican Radio) The great wonders of the priesthood of Christ, who offered Himself, once for all, for the forgiveness of sins; and who now intercedes for us before the Father; and who will return to bring us with Him: those are the three stages of the priesthood of Christ highlighted by Pope Francis during his homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope also warned of the “unforgivable blasphemy”: blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.The priesthood of Christ was at the centre of the Pope’s homily on Monday. His reflection was taken from the day’s first Reading, from the Letter of Hebrews, which speaks about Christ as the Mediator of the Covenant God has made with human beings. Jesus is the High Priest, and the priesthood of Christ is the great wonder, the greatest wonder, which makes us sing a new song to the Lord, as the Responsorial Psalm says.The three stages of the priesthood of Christ: He offers Himself; He intercedes for us; He will retu...

Nigerian Diocese of Kafanchan worried about killings

Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Nigeria, Fr. Ibrahim Yakubu, has restated the Church’s position that the crisis in Southern Kaduna is being carried out by Fulani herdsmen who are on a Jihadi mission.Fr. Yakubu said events of the past years were enough confirmation that the herdsmen had an agenda.“First of all, all the villages that have suffered these attacks are villages that are either 100 or 90 per cent Christian”, he told New Telegraph.“Even where you have Muslim settlements, you will discover that their houses are never touched. In most cases, they will appear to have had foreknowledge of the attacks. I am saying this because before any attack occurs, they are seen moving out.“Second, the attackers while carrying out the attacks, would be shouting ‘Mu kashe arna’ (Kill the pagans). This leaves no one in doubt that the attackers are on a mission.“Why didn’t the so-called Jihadists wage war against Chri...

Pope appoints new San Antonio auxiliary bishop

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has nominated Msgr. Michael J. Boulette as the new auxiliary bishop of San Antonio, Texas (USA), assigning him the titular see of Geron.He is the founder and director of ‘St. Peter upon the Water’, a center for spiritual direction and formation located in Ingram.Msgr. Boulette was born in Hudson Falls, New York to French Canadian and Italian parents on 4 June 1950. In 1959 his family moved to Fredericksburg, Texas.He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Saint Mary University in 1971 and his Master’s in Psychology from Trinity University in 1972.Joining the seminary for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Msgr. Boulette studied at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana (1972-1975).He was ordained a priest on 19 March 1976.Msgr. Boulette also received his Doctorate of Ministry from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1993.In 2005 he was named ‘Chaplain of His Holiness’.

Trump summons business leaders, lawmakers to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Opening his first official week in office, President Donald Trump warned business leaders Monday that he would impose a "substantial border tax" on companies that move their manufacturing out of the United States, while promising tax advantages to companies that produce products domestically....

Thought of the Day

For Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands, a copy of the true one, but heaven itself, that he might now appear before God on our behalf.

Hebrews 9:24

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