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Cuban Government Makes Good Friday Official Holiday (1561)

Responding to a request made by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, the Communist regime is making the commemoration of the Passion of Christ a permanent national observance.

04/18/2014 Comment

Pilgrims gather in Cuba for Mass during Pope Benedict XVI's visit in March 2012.

HAVANA — After granting temporary permission for Cubans to celebrate Good Friday in 2012 and 2013, the Cuban government has decided to grant a request made by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the country in 2012 to make it a permanent official holiday.

Although the norm will not be in force until June, the Ministry of Work and Social Security issued a special resolution allowing Cubans to observe Good Friday this April 18.

However, it said those who work in services such as sugar-cane harvesting, shipping and receiving, transportation, health care, tourism and other services would not be granted the holiday.

After Fidel Castro assumed power in Cuba in 1959, religious holidays and...READ MORE

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How Fasting and Prayer Blessed Me This Lent, Making Every Friday 'Good' and Much More! (2657)

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04/18/2014 Comment

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How Fasting & Prayer Blessed Me this Lent – Lisa Shefferly-Gillay, Catholic Stand

The Saint Who Carried Water to the Last Supper – The Catholic Herald

Making Every Friday “Good” – Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

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Pope Urges Faithful to Serve With Jesus’ Radical Love (2472)

The Holy Father celebrated Holy Thursday Mass at a center for disabled persons, washing the feet of 12 of the residents.

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Pope Francis greets the elderly and disabled following his Holy Thursday Mass at Rome’s Don Gnocchi facility.

– Lauren Cater/CNA

VATICAN CITY — During his homily for Holy Thursday’s Mass at a center for disabled persons, Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, calling it an act of loving service that we ought to imitate.

“He did it this way out of love. You too should love each other. Be servants in love,” the Pope said in his April 17 homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

Celebrated by the Church each year in commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist and Jesus’ call for his disciples to imitate him in serving others, this particular Mass was held in the Don Gnocchi facility. Located in Rome’s Casal del Marmo area, it serves as a rehabilitation center for the elderly and...READ MORE

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This Easter, Ukrainians ‘Have Nothing but Faith’ (2434)

One family celebrates the Triduum amid hopes and fears for their country’s future.

04/17/2014 Comment
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Mykola and Tania Symchych with their 3-year-old daughter, Olenka.

– Courtesy the Symchych family

KIEV, Ukraine — According to Mykola Symchych, the design on a Ukrainian Easter egg is a mystery, created while applying alternating layers of wax and dye. Only when the wax is melted off is the egg’s richly colored pattern revealed.

“It’s a very interesting process, because nobody sees what it will be in the end,” said Symchych, a philosophy instructor at the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences in Kiev, Ukraine, in an April 15 interview.

Like the design of a new Ukrainian Easter egg, his country’s future is unknown. Now mired in violence, ethnic tension, foreign threats and economic instability, Ukrainian Catholics such as the Symchych family hope and pray that a more peaceful,...READ MORE

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Pope at Chrism Mass: Priests Must Anoint Others With Oil of Gladness (2005)

Priestly joy ‘is a priceless treasure not only for the priest himself, but for the entire faithful people of God,’ the Holy Father stressed.

04/17/2014 Comment
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Pope Francis blesses sacred oils during the April 17 chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — In his homily given during the chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the joy of the priestly vocation, saying a cleric “is useless” unless his happiness is found in the grace of God.

“Anointed with the oil of gladness, so as to anoint others with the oil of gladness,” he said April 17, noting that priestly joy “is a priceless treasure, not only for the priest himself, but for the entire faithful people of God.”

Pope Francis made his remarks on the priesthood during the morning’s chrism Mass, which takes place in the Catholic Church each year on Holy Thursday and involves the blessing of oils used for the sacraments of confirmation, holy orders and the...READ MORE

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Radical Abortion Bill Dies in Colo. Senate (4959)

After Catholics and other pro-lifers mobilized against the legislation, the state Senate effectively killed the controversial legislation that would have banned pro-life laws.

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver leads an April 15 prayer rally at the Colorado Capitol.

– Jennifer Kraska

DENVER — Amid growing protests, led in large part by the Catholic Church, the Colorado Senate on April 16 killed a controversial bill that could have banned all pro-life laws in the state.

“Lift up your hearts in gratitude to God,” said Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila in a post on Twitter. “Blessings on everyone who prayed and contacted legislators! Stay involved!”

The legislation had passed committee on a party-line vote. While the floor debate and vote were initially scheduled for April 15, they were delayed until the following day, after Democratic State Sen. John Kefalas of Fort Collins went home sick. The Democrats control the Senate in the state by a single vote.

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John XXIII, John Paul II Linked by Their Love of Constructive Dialogue With the World (2310)

Cardinal Paul Poupard, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Culture, remembers the two popes.

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VATICAN CITY — John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be canonized April 27, are “bound together” by their love for addressing the world in conversation, a cardinal who worked with them both has said.

“Before John XXIII, the pope was perceived as one who made pronouncements from on high; John XXIII was the first pope speaking off the cuff, and he paved the way for a new style,” said Cardinal Paul Poupard, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Culture, in an April 15 interview. “And of course, we all remember the spontaneous meetings John Paul II had, especially with young people.”

Cardinal Poupard worked at the Secretariat of State beginning in 1959, the second year of Angelo...READ MORE

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New English Discernment House Hopes to Help Vocations Flourish (1431)

The yearlong program seeks to rebuild ‘a renewed love for the priesthood,’ Shrewsbury Bishop Mark Davies said.

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Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury preaches at St. Columba’s Church.

– CNA/Diocese of Shrewsbury

MANCHESTER, England — Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, has announced plans for a house of discernment for potential priests, emphasizing the need for “a renewed love for the priesthood.”

“If we truly open our hearts in prayer within our families and parishes, I have no doubt this gift of new vocations will be given us,” the bishop said in his homily during the April 16 chrism Mass at St. Anthony’s Church in the Wythenshawe district of Manchester.

The new discernment house will be based at the Shrewsbury Cathedral and is set to open in September 2015, the Diocese of Shrewsbury reported.

The diocese presently has eight seminarians and 111 priests, including 28 retired priests,...READ MORE

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