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(Vatican Radio) The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors [PCPM] is launching a new website to provide information on the Commission and its Mission.The website –currently in a ‘beta’ format – has resources divided into four categories: “Healing and Care”, “Guidelines”, “Education”, and the “Day of Prayer [for the Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse]”.It also provides news and information about the Commission in an easily accessible format.Pope Francis formally appointed the first eight Members of the “Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors” on 22 March 2014, upon the suggestion of the Council of Cardinals.In a ‘Chirograph’ issued the same day, the Holy Father wrote that the Commission’s task is to advise the Roman Pontiff on effective policies for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults and educational programs for all who are involved in this wo...
IMAGE: CNSBy VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Pontifical Commission for theProtection of Minors has launched a beta version of its website in English andhas included its template for local guidelines on preventing sexual abuse,resources for a day of prayer for the victims and survivors as well as amailing address to contact commission members.The website -- www.protectionofminors.va -- eventually will includeversions in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French, the commission said in astatement Dec. 6.Pope Francis' international Council of Cardinals identifiedthe protection of children and young adults as one of the church's priorityneeds and suggested in December 2013 that he create a commission to advise himand assist dioceses and religious orders around the world in drawing up guidelines,handling accusations and ministering to victims and survivors. Pope Francisnamed the first members three months later and appointed as president CardinalSean P. O'Malley of Boston.- - -Copyright © 2016 C...
Vatican City, Dec 1, 2016 / 05:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his message for the 2017 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis focused on the need to be “missionary disciples” who first fall in love with God, and are then propelled into action, zealously spreading the Good News they have heard.“The People of God need to be guided by pastors whose lives are spent in service to the Gospel,” the Pope said in his message, published Nov. 30.He asked parish communities, associations and various prayer groups within the Church not to get discouraged by an apparent lack of vocations, but to continue praying fervently “that the Lord will send workers to his harvest.”“May he give us priests enamored of the Gospel, close to all their brothers and sisters, living signs of God’s merciful love,” he said.Set to be celebrated May 7, 2017, the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations will take place on the fourth Sunday of Easter and will hold ...
IMAGE: CNS photo/David MaungBy WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Prayer services and special Masses will be held in manydioceses across the country as the U.S. Catholic Church has asked that the Dec.12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe be a day of prayer with a focus on migrantsand refugees.Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas."As Christmas approaches and especially on this feast of Our Lady, we arereminded of how our savior Jesus Christ was not born in the comfort of his ownhome, but rather in an unfamiliar manger," said a Dec. 1 statement from CardinalDaniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.The day of prayer is intended to be a time to place before a merciful God thehopes, fears and needs of all those families who have come to the United Statesseeking a better life."So many families are wondering how changes to immigration policy might impactthem," Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles,USCCB vice president, said in a D...
(Vatican Radio) The 2017 message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations was released Wednesday entitled, “Led by the Spirit for Mission”.Listen to Lydia O’Kane's report In the message for this 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the Pope reflects on the missionary dimension of our Christian calling. The Holy Father says that “commitment to mission is not something added on to the Christian life as a kind of decoration, but is instead an essential element of faith itself.  A relationship with the Lord,” he adds, “entails being sent out into the world as prophets of his word and witnesses of his love.”Even if at times when “we are conscious of our weaknesses and tempted to discouragement”, Pope Francis underlines,  “we need to turn to God with confidence”, and he reiterates that, by "virtue of baptism, every Christian is a “Christopher”, a bearer of Christ, to his brothers an...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Bob RollerBy Rhina GuidosBALTIMORE (CNS) -- Earlier this year, as communities faced tensions,protests and violence, following a spate of shooting and killings of black menby police, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, of Louisville, Kentucky, as president of the U.S. Conferenceof Catholic Bishops, asked dioceses across the country to observe a day of prayer forpeace.He also wanted the bishops to look for ways they could help thesuffering communities, as well as police affected by the incidents.To that end, he appointed a special task force to explore waysof promoting peace and healing around the country and named by ArchbishopWilton D. Gregory of Atlanta to head it.On Nov. 14, Archbishop Gregory urged bishops gathered inBaltimore at the USCCB's fall general assembly to issue, sooner rather thanlater, a document on racism, given "postelection uncertainty" and that some of thetensions have only gotten worse following the presidential election.Heurged prayer, ecumenical and i...
Lima, Peru, Oct 25, 2016 / 06:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the National Prayer Breakfast in Lima, Peru on Friday, the nation’s president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, consecrated the country, his family and himself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.Taking part in the National Day of Prayer at the Swissôtel in Lima, Kuczynski in his capacity as president offered the prayer of consecration, written by the Mission for the Love of God in the Whole World.“By the authority vested in me, I make an act of consecration of myself, my family and the Republic of Peru, to the love and protection of Almighty God through the intercession of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” the president said.Participating in the event were important business and political leaders in the country, including the President of Congress, Luz Salgado, who also offered a prayer asking God for his help and protection.Of the 21 prayer breakfasts that ha...
Washington D.C., Oct 12, 2016 / 05:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the closing weeks of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Catholics should pray and fast for “a culture of life,” one Catholic member of Congress has said.“Like in the time of Queen Esther, the faithful and faith-filled need to pray and fast for God’s mercy, healing, justice, humane laws and policies and conversion. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, told pilgrims on the International Day of Prayer and Fasting on Monday.“For a time such as this, the urgency now is for persevering prayer including the Rosary and Chaplet of Mercy, asking God in Jesus’ name for protection for the weakest and most vulnerable – unborn children, persons with disabilities, and the frail elderly,” he continued.The 24th International Week of Prayer and Fasting took place from Oct. 2-10. It culminated in an all-day prayer...
Washington D.C., Oct 6, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi this week, seven Catholic organizations on five continents announced they are divesting from fossil fuel companies in an effort to care for creation.The announcement also fell on the last day of the Season of Creation, a Christian celebration and period of reflection on the state of the environment which began with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Sept. 1.The move is the largest joint faith-based divestment from fossil fuels to date. Earlier this year, four Catholic orders in Australia announced they were divesting of coal, oil and gas following the call of Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.”The initiative is also part of a larger, global movement to divest from fossil fuels, one of the largest such movements in history. Almost 600 institutions worth over $3.4 trillion globally have announced divestment commitments, acco...
(Vatican Radio) In the face of widespread global conflicts, Pope’ Francis’ visit to the Swedish cities of Lund and Malmö for a joint commemoration of the Reformation will be “a sign of hope” to a divided and suffering world. That's the view of Rev, Martin Junge, General Secretary of the World Lutheran Federation, who took part in the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi earlier this week.On October 31st, the Pope and leaders of the Lutheran World Federation will preside together at a prayer service in Lund cathedral, asking forgiveness for past conflicts and giving thanks for the last 50 years of ecumenical dialogue.They will then lead a celebration with young people in Malmö arena, focusing on a commitment to common witness and highlighting cooperation on justice, peace and environmental protection between Caritas Internationalis and the World Service network of the Lutheran World Federation.Rev. Martin Junge believes these events offer Ca...
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