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US Senate candidate Kirk mocks rival's family military past

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has raised his Democratic rival's immigrant background and mocked her claim that her family's military service dates back to the Revolution, saying he had forgotten the congresswoman's "parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington."...

Pope on why he's going to Sweden: 'Closeness does all of us good'

By Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he wanted his trip to Sweden to focus purely on promoting Christian unity, although in the end, he added a day to the visit so he could respond to the "fervent request" by the country's small Catholic community that he celebrate a Mass for them.Accepting his responsibility as "pastor of a flock" of Catholics, he decided to add the Mass Nov. 1, although he insisted it be celebrated in a location different from the ecumenical events, he told Jesuit Father Ulf Jonsson, director of the Swedish Jesuit magazine Signum.The interview was released in Italian and English Oct. 28 by the Italian Jesuit journal, La Civilta Cattolica. Pope Francis was scheduled to visit Sweden Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The first day, marked as Reformation Day by Lutherans and other Protestants, was to include an ecumenical prayer service and a larger event focused on Catholic-Lutheran cooperation in charity, justice and humanitarian work. All Saints' Day, Nov. 1, the ...

Enrollment growth prompts Boston archdiocesan seminary to buy back space

IMAGE: CNS photo/Chaz MuthBy Donis TracyBRIGHTON, Mass. (CNS) -- Rapid growthin the number of men entering St. John's Seminary in Brighton to study for thepriesthood has prompted the Boston Archdiocese to buy back space from BostonCollege to accommodate the increase.Msgr. James Moroney, seminary rector,signed a purchase and sale agreement with the Jesuit-run college Oct. 20 to buyback more than 13,000 square feet of space within the current seminarybuilding."I am so very happy to be ableto announce the purchase of the annex," Msgr. Moroney said. "Right after Ibecame rector of the seminary, one of the great dreams that both Cardinal (SeanP.) O'Malley and I began to articulate was the restoration of the seminary to acertain wholeness."By purchasing the annex, locatedabove the present kitchen and refectory space, the current St. John's Seminarybuildings will now be owned "free and clear, without any leases or encumbrancesof any kind" by the seminary, Msgr. Moroney said.Built in 1884 by...

Pope Francis talks Sweden, Catholic-Lutheran dialogue in new interview

Vatican City, Oct 28, 2016 / 08:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of his upcoming trip to Sweden for the joint commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pope Francis granted a lengthy, wide-ranging interview to a Jesuit magazine in which he talks about his expectations, and Catholic-Lutheran unity.When asked about his hopes for his upcoming trip to Sweden, Pope Francis said “I can think of only one word to say: to come close.”“My hope and expectation is that of coming closer to my brothers and sisters,” he said, explaining that being close “does all of us good. Distance, on the other hand, makes us bitter.”When we are distant from one another, “we close within ourselves and we become individual entities, incapable of encountering each other. We are held back by fears.”He stressed that we need to learn “to transcend ourselves to encounter others,” noting that if this doesn’t happen, even Christians “...

Bangladesh Catholic elected to important opposition party post ?

For the first time ever in Bangladesh a Catholic was elected to fill one of the highest offices of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the largest opposition party. Albert Costa is a member of the Bhadun Gazipur parish, near the capital. He was elected Oct. 27as president of Jubo Dal, the youth wing of the party that plays a decisive role in political activism. His appointment represents quite an exceptional circumstance in Bangladesh, where Catholics represent just 0.4% of the population out of a total of about 160 million inhabitants.Immediately after his election, Costa told AsiaNews: "I got this job at a time of extreme difficulty for the BNP. Thousands of our activists are subjected to legal proceedings by the Bangladeshi ruling party Awami League. I will take this responsibility seriously. I will reorganize the party from the groud up".The Catholic has replaced Moazzem Hossain Alal, who was elected Deputy Secretary-General for political education. Albert has be...

Pope appoints new Vicar Apostolic in the Philippines ?

(Vatican)  Pope Francis on Friday appointed a new Vicar Apostolic to the Vicariate Apostolic of Puerto Princesa in the Philippines. Fr. Socrates Mesiona of the Mission Society of the Philippines (MSP), the current national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of the Philippines and former MSP Superior General is the new Apostolic Vicar of  Puerto Princesa.  The 53-year old priest takes over from Bishop Pedro Arigo, who has been Vicar Apostolic of Puerto Princesa since 1996.Born in 1963 in Tagbilaran, Fr. Mesiona studied philosophy at the city’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary (1980-’84) and philosophy at the Divine Word School of Theology (1984-’89).  He was ordained to priesthood in 1989.  From 1994 to ’96 he studied for a licentiate in Missiology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.  Fr. Mesiona was entrusted with several responsibilities such as principal of the school and later as rector of the Fil-miss...

Pope Francis gives interview ahead of trip to Sweden

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called making war in the name of religion “satanic” and a "blasphemy.”   His words came in an interview with the Jesuit Catholic journal La Civiltà Cattolica ahead of his ecumenical Apostolic Trip to Sweden. The interview was conducted by Father Ulf Jonsson S.J., the director of the Swedish cultural journal of the Jesuits, Signum.Pope Francis mentioned the recent interreligious meeting for peace in Assisi, which he called “very important.”“All of us talked of peace and we asked for peace,” – the Pope said – “ We together said strong words for  peace, what the religions truly want.”When asked about the suffering of the Christians in the Middle East, Pope Francis called the region “a land of martyrs.”“I believe that the Lord does not leave his people on their own,” – the Holy Father said – “He will not abandon th...

Vatican: Preview of World Meeting of Popular Movements

(Vatican Radio) Details of the upcoming Third World Meeting of Popular Movements taking place in Rome from 2-5 November were presented in the Vatican on Friday.Please find below a communique in English from the Holy See’s Press Office:This morning in the Holy See Press Office a press conference was held to present the Third World Meeting of Popular Movements, to be held in Rome from 2 to 5 November 2016. The speakers were Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations and delegate secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and Juan Grabois, consulter to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and co-founder of the Movement of Excluded Workers of the Conference of the Popular Economy.Following the two meetings in Rome 2014 and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia in 2015, next week around two hundred members will meet, representing 92 popular movements from 65 countries. The themes to be considered in the third meeting will...

Pope Francis: address to Consecrated Life conference

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday addressed the organizers and participants in the first-ever International Conference for the Vicars and Episcopal Delegates for Consecrated Life.Organized by the  Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life for the purpose of the conference is to respond to the call, which the Holy Father made to Pastors of particular Churches around the world when he proclaimed the Year for Consecrated Life, “[T]o show special concern for promoting within [their] communities the different charisms, whether long-standing or recent.”In the Letter, the Holy Father went on to ask them to do this by support and encouragement, assistance in discernment, and, “tender and loving closeness to those situations of suffering and weakness in which some consecrated men or women may find themselves.”“Above all,” Pope Francis wrote, “do this by instructing the People of God in the value of co...

Indian Salesian college launches first web radio in Nepali

A Catholic Church-run college in Darjeeling, India, has become the first to launch a full-fledged web radio with 20 different programmes in Nepali language.  It is also the first Community/Campus Radio in West Bengal and entire northeast India to be run by a college.   Salesian College Sonada, established by the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1938, launched its web radio on Friday, 28th October, 2016.   Member of Legislative Assembly from Darjeeling Prof Amar Singh Rai was the chief guest.“It is our Diwali gift to Nepali people worldwide,” said college Principal, Salesian priest Dr. George Thadathil, speaking of the possibility on-demand radio provides for people everywhere to access programme of their choice at their own convenience.  “Our Community Radio will serve geographic and ethnic communities of the region with broadcast content that is popular, relevant and often overlooked by commercial or mass-media broadcasters,” Dr Thad...

Thought of the Day

You are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.

Ephesians 2:19-20


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