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Pope Francis to Make One-Day Journey to Albania (4795)

The Holy Father is scheduled to visit the Balkan birthplace of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Sept. 21.

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Pope Francis arrives in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Albania will highlight the land of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s birth, honor the martyrs of Albania’s atheistic past and suggest the country’s potential as a model for religious coexistence

Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi discussed the motives for Pope Francis’ Sept. 21 trip in a press briefing Tuesday.

The Albanian-born Blessed Mother Teresa will be an important figure for Pope Francis’ trip, he said.

“In Albania, Mother Teresa is a national heroine, as well as a figure of extraordinary Christian holiness,” Father Lombardi explained.

He observed that Albania was the first officially atheistic state. The Pope’s...READ MORE

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Chinese-Speaking World Gets First Parish Dedicated to St. John Paul II (2225)

Archbishop Peter Chen-Chung Liu of the Diocese of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, presided at the Mass of inauguration and consecration on Sept. 6, with 20 priests concelebrating and more than 1,200 faithful in attendance.

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St. John Paul II

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KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan — The Diocese of Kaohsiung in Taiwan has become the first in the Chinese-speaking world to have a parish dedicated to St. John Paul II, where a first-class relic of the Polish saint’s blood is kept.

Archbishop Peter Chen-Chung Liu of Kaohsiung presided at the Mass of inauguration and consecration on Sept. 6, with 20 priests concelebrating and more than 1,200 faithful in attendance.

According to Fides news agency, the pastor of the parish, Father Calogero Orifiamma, an Italian missionary and architect of the new church, traveled to Italy to obtain the relic of St. John Paul II.

“The biggest and most beautiful news was the celebration of four baptisms during the Mass,”...READ MORE

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Catholic Church in Cuba Sets New Pastoral Plan for Evangelization (2056)

‘On the Road to Emmaus’ offers a three-part reflection on the social and political reality and on the Church in the country.

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Pilgrims gather in Cuba for Mass during the Pope’s visit.

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HAVANA — The Catholic Church in Cuba recently unveiled its pastoral plan for 2014-2020, which will encourage the faithful to engage in evangelization and respond to the call of Pope Francis.

Entitled “On the Road to Emmaus,” the plan offers a three-part reflection on the social and political reality and on the Church in the country. The first part invites the faithful “to look beyond sociological aspects and at the life of our society and of our Church, in order to discover in both realities the calls God is making today to our work of evangelization in Cuba.”

In the second part, the Gospel passage about the disciples on the road to Emmaus is highlighted as a source of inspiration and...READ MORE

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Does ISIS Want to Kill Pope Francis? A Little Redemptive Suffering Never Hurt Anyone and Much More! (3227)

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IDC Leader: Ted Cruz Put ‘Lives at Risk’ at In Defense of Christians Summit (9591)

The Texas senator potentially gave extremists more reason to exterminate Middle East Christians by calling Israel their greatest ally, said In Defense of Christians’ executive director.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a Sept. 16 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about the threat posed by ISIS

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WASHINGTON — Leaders of the In Defense of Christians summit, an event that raised awareness about the ongoing genocide of Christians from the Middle East, fear U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas may have put “lives at risk” with his controversial keynote address at last Wednesday’s gala.

“He came to a summit in defense of Christians and actually endangered Christian lives,” said Andrew Doran, executive director of IDC.

Initially, Cruz’s address was warmly received by the more than 900 attendees of the IDC gala dinner at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington on Sept. 10. The crowd applauded with equal force when the Texas Republican said, “Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews” as when he...READ MORE

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What Kind of Story Would You Like to Live? (1627)

Rome-based moral theologian Father Robert Gahl asks Colorado State University students to reflect on the story that is their lives in an Aug. 28 lecture on “Freedom vs. Addiction.”

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Father Robert Gahl delivers a talk on ‘Freedom vs. Addiction’ Aug. 28 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – A professor at Rome’s Pontifical University of the Holy Cross posed Colorado State University students a moral challenge during an Aug. 28 presentation: to live their lives as the story they want to tell.

On the feast of St. Augustine, Father Robert Gahl, a priest of the prelature of Opus Dei, gave a talk on “Freedom vs. Addiction” to more than 100 students on the CSU campus. He invoked Augustine by bringing up, among other points, the ideas of Book XI of the saint’s Confessions, which says each person’s life is a story.

“[Our] whole lives have the structure of a story,” said Father Gahl. “There are some lives ... that don’t have any plot, and they don’t really go...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: God Visits His People and Gives Them Hope (1308)

The Pope prayed: 'We ask for the grace that our Christian witness be a witness that brings the closeness of God to his people, that closeness that sows hope.'

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VATICAN CITY -- On Tuesday, Pope Francis focused on the importance of giving hope to the world by imitating Jesus Christ’s closeness to God’s people.

“When God visits his people, he restores hope to them. Always,” Pope Francis said in his Sept. 16 homily at his Casa Santa Marta residence.

“You can preach the word of God brilliantly: There have been many excellent preachers throughout history. But if these preachers have failed to sow hope, that sermon is useless. It is mere vanity.”

The Pope’s homily commented on the Gospel reading of the day, in which Jesus came upon a funeral procession for the only son of a widow in the city of Nain.

“God visits his people in the midst of his people...READ MORE

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‘Love Is Our Mission — the Family Fully Alive’ (2653)

World Meeting of Families’ document offers a global perspective on family issues.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput and the World Meeting of Families catechesis book in Rome on Sept. 15.

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ROME — The preparatory catechesis document for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is a “wonderful” work that addresses Catholic family issues from a global context, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said.

“It covers all the basic issues — the problems as well as the joys of family life — and situates it in the context of the culture of the world, not just the United States, because it’s a world meeting of families,” Archbishop Chaput told CNA in Rome Sept. 15.

The recently published catechesis, titled “Love Is Our Mission — the Family Fully Alive,” explains Catholic belief on human purpose, marriage and the family. It will be published in six languages.

The archbishop said he...READ MORE

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