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Indians in Holy Land Gather to Celebrate Nativity of Mary (2006)

‘The celebration of the birth of Blessed Virgin Mary has a special relevance in the modern world, as it binds the migrant community together,’ said Franciscan Father Tojy Jose.

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Pilgrims gathered for a Marian procession with the Indian Chaplaincy in the Holy Land.

– CNA/Father Tojy Jose, O.F.M.

JERUSALEM — Spiritual preparations for the Nativity of Mary, blending culture and faith, are under way in the Holy Land, where the Indian Chaplaincy serves emigrants from Goa and elsewhere in India.

“A grandiose celebration of the Nativity of Virgin Mary, called the ‘Monti Fest’ by the Konkani-speaking group, is being organized by the Indian Chaplaincy in the Holy Land with traditional gaiety and religious fervor,” said Franciscan Father Tojy Jose, head of the Indian Chaplaincy in the Holy Land, to CNA Sept. 2.

Konkani is the official language of the Indian state of Goa, which was long a Portuguese colony and has an unusually high concentration of Christians for the nation (27%).


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CDW Prefect Moved, Who Is the Replacement? Important Rules for Catholic Fathers and Much More! (2772)

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Pope Francis’ ‘Match for Peace’ Brims With Positive Message (2349)

International soccer players of many faiths gathered in Rome to join the Holy Father in solidarity against hate.

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Soccer players participate in the 2014 Match for Peace in Rome’s Olympic Stadium, Sept. 1.

– CNA/Daniel Ibañez

ROME — Players, singers and sponsors who participated in Pope Francis’ interreligious match for peace have praised him for the idea, stating that it promotes good values important for youth today.

“Soccer is a motivation of example; it’s a marvelous sport [of] which hundreds of millions of young people are aware,” Marco Tronchetti Provera told journalists Sept. 1 during halftime.

“To transmit these values, I believe, is a wonderful initiative that the Pope wanted to happen here in Rome, and we are happy to have been able to help in this initiative.”

Speaking to CNA, Provera stated that the fact that “great players have joined together through soccer to give a message of peace” signifies...READ MORE

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Latin Mass Altar-Boy Camp Draws Strong Interest (7843)

Youth from four states attended the three-day camp in South Carolina, praying and playing sports together while learning how to serve the ancient Mass rite.

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Father Christopher Smith, administrator of Prince of Peace Parish in Greenville, S.C., instructs participants in the parish's Latin Mass altar-boy camp.

– Stephanie Stewart

TAYLORS, S.C. — More than 60 young men and boys participated in a three-day camp in late July dedicated to learning to serve the traditional Latin Mass.

Boys aged 6 to 18, from four states including Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina, came together at Prince of Peace Parish near Greenville, S.C., to spent time in prayer, study and sports, while learning to serve the ancient rite of Mass under the tutelage of two diocesan priests and a seminarian from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP).

Father Christopher Smith, administrator of Prince of Peace, and Father Renaurd West, both priests of the Diocese of Charleston, together with Michael Cunningham, a third-year seminarian for the FSSP...READ MORE

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Italian Bishops Support Priest Threatened by Mafia (1475)

An imprisoned mafia leader was overheard last week saying that Father Luigi Ciotti must be killed because of his opposition to organized crime.

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ROME — Responding to threats on the life of an anti-Mafia priest, the Italian bishops issued a letter offering support and calling for an end to corruption and injustice.

“The Italian Church, which in recent years has not failed to make heard its voice educating to legality, confirms its closeness to and its esteem for Father Luigi in a time when he has been made the subject of gratuitous intimidations,” the Sept. 1 letter read.

Signed by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian Bishops Conference, the letter responded to a threat made last week on the life of Father Luigi Ciotti. Italian mafia boss Totò Riina was overheard in prison saying that the anti-Mafia priest had to be...READ MORE

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Nuncio: We Owe Ukraine Peace (1421)

Archbishop Thomas Gullickson: 'We owe people more than an after-the-fact aid intervention to bind up wounds and restore essential services destroyed by an aggressor; we owe them more than a belated salvage operation, if you will.'

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KYIV, Ukraine -- As Ukraine's crisis continues to escalate, the nation's apostolic nuncio stressed that its people deserve more than after-the-fact aid and should be allowed to live in peace, without the threat of outside aggressors.

Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, a native of Sioux Falls, S.D., has served as apostolic nuncio to Ukraine since 2011.

In a recent interview with Vatican Radio, he voiced concern for the life of the Church in Ukraine, saying in effect that Russian aggression places the Church’s institutional survival at risk.

Addressing potential criticism that his alarm may sound exaggerated when compared to the images coming from Syria and Iraq, Archbishop Gullickson told CNA...READ MORE

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Pope: The Church Is Our Mother (1708)

The Church gives us life in Christ, the Holy Father said Sept. 3.

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VATICAN CITY -- In his general audience on Sept. 3, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church, turning to the aspect of her maternity, of which the Virgin Mary is a model, encouraging us to reach out to our brothers and sisters.

“The Church is also mother, because she cares for her children and guides us on the path of salvation,” the Pope stated.
“She nourishes and sustains us with the sacraments; she illuminates us with the light of the Gospel, orients us to the good, encourages us in moments of darkness and defends us from the snares of evil, exhorting us to vigilance, so as not to succumb to its seductions.”

Addressing the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s...READ MORE

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Archbishop: Terror Recruitment Linked to Europe Failing Its Youth (2918)

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told a Rimini, Italy, gathering last month, ‘As people grow up, they want to change things … and if some of these values are not provided, are not concretely realized, then the temptation to look for some other solution becomes very strong.’

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Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the U.N., speaks at the Rimini meeting Aug. 25.

– CNA/Joaquin Piero Perez

RIMINI, Italy — As reports continue to emerge on Muslims born and raised in Europe being recruited by the Islamic State, the continent has been urged to reflect on how it has failed to transmit an authentic meaning of life to its youth.

“Europe should ask itself why it has failed to be able to teach these young people to organize their lives in order to build something positive in Europe, instead of wasting their lives through violence and fighting,” said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See's permanent observer at the United Nations office in Geneva.

Archbishop Tomasi spoke with CNA Aug. 25 after his speech at the annual meeting of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation,...READ MORE

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