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(Vatican Radio) The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, was in Houston on Tuesday for the ordination of Steven J. Lopes,  the first bishop to head one of the Personal Ordinariates for former Anglicans established in accordance with 2009’s Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.During the festivities, the Cardinal attended a barbecue, during which he wore the native dress of Texas: A cowboy hat while riding a horse.Bishop Steven J. Lopes, a former official of the Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. His predecessor as Ordinary, Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, was a former Anglican priest, who was not consecrated as a Catholic bishop.There are currently three Ordinariates: the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (for England, Wales, and Scotland); Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter (for the United St...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is urging the faithful to open their hearts to forgiveness“This is the way to solve differences within families – he said - between spouses or between parents and children”.This is what happens when he who has been offended loves the person who offended him and wants to save the relationship: “that binds him to the other” he said.The Pope was addressing over 10,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience.Reflecting on the Sacred Scriptures that present God as infinite mercy, but also as perfect justice, the Pope asked the question of how reconcile infinite mercy with perfect justice? How does the reality of mercy fit in with the needs of justice?It could appear – he said – that the two realities are in contradiction, but this is not so because God’s justice is his mercy.When we think of justice – Pope Francis said – we think of its legal administration whi...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday greeted members of the American Circus, which performed during his weekly general audience.Speaking off the cuff, Pope Francis thanked the performers, and reiterated his remarks from last week, when another circus performed in St. Peter’s Square.“I am going to repeat what I said a week ago, when there was another performance such as this one,” Pope Francis said. “You make beauty, and beautiful things bring us closer to God. Thank you for this.”However, Pope Francis said he wanted to emphasize another point: Such a performance “cannot be improvised.”“Behind this beautiful show, there are hours and hours of exhausting training,” Pope Francis said.“Training is hard work,” continued the Holy Father. “The Apostle Paul tells to get to cross finish line and win, you must rain, and this is an example to us all – because the seduction of an easy life, to seek a good outco...
(Vatican Radio)  Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, celebrated a Mass on Tuesday to mark the close of the Year of Consecrated Life at the Cathedral of Ljubljana in Slovenia.In his homily for the World Day of Consecrated Life, Cardinal Parolin called the religious men and women of the Slovenian Church to present themselves to the Lord.“It is this gesture, interior and exterior, which characterizes the today’s celebration: present oneself and to be presented. This was Mary and Joseph’s gesture which, as we heard in the Gospel, ‘When the days were completed for their purification, according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord.’ This is the gesture which each one of us, especially consecrated men and women, is called to renew, with pure and sincere hearts and with all our dedication.”Cardinal Parolin went on to remember the long history of ...
WASHINGTON-The Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, February 1, on behalf of USCCB, the Texas Catholic Conference and several Christian partners in support of a Texas law mandating health and safety standards protecting women who undergo abortions. Other groups joining the brief include the National Association of Evangelicals, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. The case is Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, currently before the U.S. Supreme Court."There is ample evidence in this case that hospital admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center requirements protect women's lives and health," said the brief. "When such requirements are not enforced, abuses detrimental to women's lives and health arise."The brief noted that some abortion clinics have decla...
 WASHINGTON-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone "concerned about the tragedy of abortion" to recommit to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one" on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops."Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason - though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us," wrote Cardinal Dolan. "Most want to protect unborn children at later stages of pregnancy, to regulate or limit the practice of abortion, and to stop the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of unborn children. Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as 'pro-life,' a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.""Even as Americans rema...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Marco Rubio's strong third-place finish in Iowa could sound like a starting gun to the Republican Party's top donors....
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Republican Sen. Rand Paul dropped his 2016 campaign for president Wednesday, eclipsed by other candidates who kept his base of support from growing into a viable force in the crowded 2016 field....
CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- President Barack Obama paid his first visit to a U.S. mosque on Wednesday, working to confront bias that Muslim-Americans say is increasing at an alarming rate amid public concerns about terrorism and extremism....
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Nicole Madison Lovell, by all accounts, was at that awkward stage of growing up that all kids go through: clinging to childhood ways while beginning to venture into the adult world....
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