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‘Gender Identity’ Theory Seen as Threat to African Families (2499)

At a conference in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, African bishops and Vatican representatives discussed key issues affecting family life.

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Father Andrea Ciucci, an official with the Pontifical Council for the Family

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VATICAN CITY — Representatives from the Pontifical Council for the Family gathered in the Republic of the Congo with more than 40 bishops last week to discuss the state of families in Africa, highlighting both strengths and challenges they face.

“The bishops are very glad and positive about the family because it is really the structure of African society,” Father Andrea Ciucci told CNA July 11; however, “there are some problems not typically African but that Africa is learning from Europe and America.”

A priest of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Father Ciucci traveled last week to Brazzaville, the capitol of the Republic of the Congo, along with the council’s president, Archbishop...READ MORE

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Papal Visit to New York Next Year? (2832)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered the invitation during a meeting yesterday with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio meets Monday with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state.

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VATICAN CITY — Vatican officials have discussed the possibility of a papal visit to New York with the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio.

The Italian-American politician, currently on a weeklong vacation to Italy, met Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin at the Vatican on Monday in what officials say was a “brief and private” meeting.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the encounter provided an “obvious” opportunity for the mayor to formally invite Pope Francis to visit the city next year. The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Ken Hackett, told NY1 news channel it was “very important for the mayor to come here to make this request.”

Although a papal visit to the United States...READ MORE

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Sts. John Paul II, Gianna Molla World Meeting of Families Patrons (3404)

Archbishop Charles Chaput of the host city, Philadelphia, announced the news Sunday.

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PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia announced Sunday that Sts. John Paul II and Gianna Beretta Molla will be patron saints of the 2015 World Meeting of Families, being held in his city.

“St. John Paul II and St. Gianna have been chosen as the two worthy patron saints to guide all in preparation and participation of this international event, as they fully embody the history, mission and theme of the World Meeting of Families 2015,” Archbishop Chaput stated July 20 during Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul.

“Sts. John Paul II and Gianna had a deep and abiding commitment to strengthening the family and sustaining it with love. This historic event will...READ MORE

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New Book: Science Was Born of Christianity, Time to Abandon Comfort and Defend Essentials and More! (3329)

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No Catholic Divorce: Grounds and Obstacles to Annulments (37443)

The Church’s investigative process into the validity of marriages is strong, but many don’t know how the process works.

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[Updated July 24; see editors' note and corrections at article's end.]

CHICAGO — Deacon Patrick O’Toole remembered how far away he felt from the Church 17 years ago. He wasn’t a deacon then — his wife had left, divorced him and took his children. He felt broken and angry, until a meeting with a Catholic Church official corrected his many misconceptions about the Church, sacramental marriage and annulments and put him on the path to healing.

“He had the opportunity to help me understand what it was all about,” O’Toole said. “It prompted a whole conversion experience for me.”

O’Toole re-engaged with his faith and discovered the Church’s rich vision of sacramental marriage. He went through...READ MORE

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Argentine National Soccer Team Sends Autographed Jersey to Pope (1780)

‘Here’s the present the team sent to our Pope Francis!’ team member Maxi Rodriguez said in a post on his Twitter account.

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Argentine national soccer team members Maxi Rodriguez (l) and Lionel Messi hold the jersey the team sent to Pope Francis.

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VATICAN CITY — In a gesture of gratitude and affection, the Argentinian national soccer team, which lost July 13 to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, sent Pope Francis an official team jersey autographed by each of its players.

“Here’s the present the team sent to our Pope Francis!” team member Maxi Rodriguez said in a post on his Twitter account, which featured a photo of himself and team captain Lionel Messi holding the jersey.

The Holy See expressed thanks for the gift on Thursday, noting that although Argentina did not win the final, the team “acknowledged it had faith that the pontiff would keep them in his thoughts throughout the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.”

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Priest Opts to Stay With Parishioners in Gaza (3671)

Argentinian priest Father Jorge Hernandez, pastor of Holy Family Parish in the Gaza Strip, stayed with his parishioners, despite three missile strikes near his parish earlier this week.

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A smoke plumes rises over Gaza following an Israel Air Force bombing on July 20.

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GAZA CITY — Argentinian priest Father Jorge Hernandez, pastor of Holy Family Parish in the Gaza Strip, stayed with his parishioners, despite three missile strikes near his parish earlier this week.

“Crime is on the rise. Little children are getting sick from fear, stress, shockwaves and the continuous noise,” he said in an online statement. “Parents are doing everything possible to distract them so that this crude violence does not overwhelm them.”

Since July 7, Hamas militants in Gaza have fired more than 1,300 rockets on Israel, and the Israelis have responded with nearly 2,000 airstrikes. The recent escalation in violence between Israel and Hamas followed the June kidnapping and murder...READ MORE

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Pope Mourns Expulsion of Last Christians From Mosul (3317)

As the Islamic State forced Christians to flee, the Holy Father reminded Christians that evil in the world comes from the devil, not from God.

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VATICAN CITY — In his weekly Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by Islamic State forces last week to either convert, pay the jizya tax or leave.

“They are persecuted; our brothers are persecuted: They are driven out; they have to leave their houses without having the possibility of taking anything with them,” Pope Francis said in his July 20 Angelus address.

“I want to express my closeness and my constant prayer to these families and these people,” he added. “Dear brothers and sisters who are so persecuted, I know how much you suffer; I know that you are stripped of everything. I am with you in the...READ MORE

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