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Dublin prepares for 2018 World Meeting of Families

Dublin prepares for 2018 World Meeting of Families

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Just a little more than a year away, the Archdiocese of Dublin released a video Wednesday inviting families from around the world to come together in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in August 2018.

“I'm very pleased to have been asked to host this meeting, and to invite you to join with us in preparing for this event, and hopefully also to come to Dublin, to celebrate with families from all around the world,”…

Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly London attack

Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly London attack

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

After four people died in an apparent terrorist attack in London yesterday, Pope Francis has voiced his sorry and solidarity for the victims and their families, entrusting them and the nation to God’s mercy.

“Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and of the injuries caused by the attack central London, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his prayerful solidarity with all those affected by this tragedy,” a March 23 letter signed by Vatican Secretary…

The Church and society need you, Pope Francis tells youth

The Church and society need you, Pope Francis tells youth

By CNA/EWTN News

On Tuesday Pope Francis released a video message to youth in advance of the next World Youth Day, to be held in Panama in 2019.  He said that like the Virgin Mary, they are needed, and they should not be afraid to leave their mark on the world.

“Like the young woman of Nazareth, you can improve the world and leave an imprint that makes a mark on history, your history and that of many others,” Pope…

Confession must be a pastoral priority, Pope Francis says

Confession must be a pastoral priority, Pope Francis says

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

Pope Francis told priests Friday to make confession a priority in their parishes, and, if they want to be good confessors, to have a strong prayer life focused on growing in humility and closeness to the Holy Spirit in order to evangelize.

“The confessor, in fact, is called daily to go to the peripheries of evil and sin,” the Pope said March 17, adding that “this is an ugly periphery,” but the priest is called to…

Pope Francis to visit Egypt April 28-29

Pope Francis to visit Egypt April 28-29

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

In what will be his first international trip of the year, Pope Francis will be traveling to Cairo, Egypt, April 28-29, showing that interfaith dialogue is a priority.

He will visit the country in response to an invitation from His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, as well as Egypt's president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the bishops of the local Catholic Church, a March…

Here’s what Pope Francis is doing for Holy Week

Here’s what Pope Francis is doing for Holy Week

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

With Easter only a month away, plans have already been set in the Vatican for the celebrations surrounding the big day, and the lead-up to Holy Week will be filled with several papal daytrips, Masses, and liturgies.

The Pope began Lent with his March 5-10 spiritual exercises alongside members of the Curia in Ariccia, a small town just outside of Rome.

Next on the schedule is a March 17 penitential service in St. Peter’s Basilica, during…

Deacon Raispis of St. Jude in Scottsboro dies at 88

Jerome Paul (Jerry) Raispis passed away at home on March 17, 2017 at age 88 surrounded by his family.
Jerry was born and grew up in Chicago, IL. Being athletically gifted, after high school he received a basketball scholarship to the University of Detroit where he starred on the team. He served in the U.S. Army as a signal operator in the Korean War and also played on the Army's European basketball team.
After returning from the service,…

Father Andrew Kennedy passes away after short hospitalization

(Jan 12, 1936 - Mar 16, 2017) Reverend Andrew Joseph Kennedy, a priest of the Diocese of Birmingham, passed away at the age of 81. He was born in Tipperary Ireland to Andrew and Christina Kennedy. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mary, and his brothers John and Hugh. He is survived by his sister Joan Fogarty, his brother Liam (Nora), and many nieces and nephews. Upon graduating from St Patrick's Seminary in Maynooth, Fr Kennedy…

US exorcists: Demonic activity is on the rise

US exorcists: Demonic activity is on the rise

By Patti Armstrong / National Catholic Register

Indianapolis, Ind., Mar 15, 2017 / 06:26 am (CNA) - There is an alarming increase in demonic activity being reported by those who work in exorcism ministry, said the exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Although steps are being taken to increase the number of exorcists, demand is still outpacing supply.

Father Vincent Lampert has been an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis since 2005 and is the pastor at St. Malachy’s in…

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