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Holy See to Submit Report on Anti-Torture Agreement to U.N. in May (2078)

Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi indicated that the report is part of its obligation to the U.N. Convention Against Torture treaty.

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VATICAN CITY — The Holy See's press officer said Tuesday that its report on an anti-torture agreement that will be made to the United Nations next month is part of its obligation as a signatory to the treaty

“It is a standard procedure adhered to by all states party to the convention” against torture, Father Federico Lombardi said April 15. “Considering the types of obligations included in the convention, the Holy See signed the convention in 2002 exclusively in the name of and on the part of Vatican city state.

“For this reason, the Holy See continues to fulfill its obligations on the part of Vatican city state and to present periodical reports, in accordance with the procedures set...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Kiss the Crucifix; Kiss the Wounds of Christ (4060)

The Holy Father discussed the triumph of the cross at his April 16 general audience.

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VATICAN CITY — In his general audience address this week, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of suffering and evil, explaining that it is a mystery which finds its answer in the passion and death of Jesus, who endured it for each of us.

“This week, it will do good for us all to look to the crucifix, kissing the wounds of Jesus, kissing the crucifix. He has taken upon himself the whole of human suffering,” the Holy Father expressed April 16.

Speaking to the thousands gathered for his weekly address, the Pope began by drawing attention to the day’s Gospel reading, which recounts the betrayal of Judas, noting that this event marks the beginning of Christ’s passion.

With his death on the...READ MORE

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Pope’s Holy Week Schedule Both Traditional and Innovative (10272)

The Holy Father will be leading the faithful in a number of traditional Holy Week ceremonies, but he also plans to continue his practice of departing from the liturgical rubric during Holy Thursday’s washing of the feet.

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Pope Francis during the Easter vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on March 30, 2013.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will celebrate all the traditional ceremonies of Holy Week this year, but he will again depart from tradition on Holy Thursday by washing the feet of elderly and disabled residents in a Roman care home.

Before the Easter Triduum, the Holy Father, who began Holy Week by celebrating Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, will first wish a happy birthday to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who turns 87 on Holy Wednesday.

It’s not clear how Francis will send his birthday wishes, but he may visit the pope emeritus at his Mater Ecclesiae residence in the Vatican Gardens before or soon after he holds his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

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Father Brown and the Mystery of Lent, We May Never Know the Value of What We Do and Much More! (3162)

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Obama: All Christians Have Been Moved by Pope Francis (2281)

Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House, the president reflected on his inspirational March 27 meeting with the Holy Father.

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WASHINGTON — Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House on April 14, U.S. President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting with Pope Francis, whom he described as an inspiration.

“I’ll tell you, I felt this spirit when I had the great honor of meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis,” the president said, recalling his March 27 meeting with the Holy Father at the Vatican.

“I think it’s fair to say that those of us of the Christian faith, regardless of our denomination, have been touched and moved by Pope Francis,” he said, explaining that this is partly because of the Holy Father’s words, which offer “a message of justice and inclusion, especially for the poor and the...READ MORE

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Jesuit Priest Saw Christ Crucified Again in Syria (11756)

The martyr’s death of Father Frans van der Lugt has once again drawn attention to the enormous suffering of Syrians caught in a vicious civil war with no end in sight.

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Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt

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HOMS, Syria — He decided to remain with Christ crucified in the suffering people of Syria.

And for that choice, a gunman gave the faithful son of St. Ignatius his martyr’s crown.

On April 7, a masked gunman abducted Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt in the early morning from his Jesuit monastery in Homs, where some 24 remaining Christians had taken refuge, took him out in the street and shot him twice in the head, according to information the Dutch Jesuit Order provided Agence France-Presse. The priest is another Christian martyr in a savage conflict that has claimed close to 150,000 lives, displaced 7 million people and has no end in sight.

The 75-year-old Dutch priest had been a...READ MORE

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The Power of the Same-Sex Lobby (5688)

Book Pick: Father C. John McCloskey Recommends Robert Reilly’s new book, Making Gay OK

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Making Gay OK

How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything

By Robert Reilly

Ignatius Press, 2014

220 pages, $22.95 (paperback)

To order: Ignatius.com


Editor’s note: Listen to Robert Reilly talk about his new book on the April 11 Register Radio show.


Robert Reilly is a polymath — I will let you look up his astonishing talents and experiences in many diverse fields of life.

His new book from Ignatius Press, Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything, in my opinion, is simply the best one written up to now on this extremely contentious and crucial topic of our time. In it, Reilly explains systematically the ongoing vicious...READ MORE

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Legion of Christ Names New North-American Head (1794)

Father John Connor will be the new director of the order’s North-American territory, replacing Father Luis Garza.

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Legionary Father John Connor, director of the order’s North-American territory

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NEW YORK CITY — Maryland-born Legionary Father John Connor has been named the head of the Legion of Christ’s territory of North America.

“I’m humbled by this assignment and ask for the prayers of everyone in the North-American territory,” Father Connor said April 14.

Father Eduardo Robles Gil, the Legion of Christ’s general director, announced the appointment April 12. Father Connor will replace the territory’s outgoing director, Father Luis Garza, as of May 1.

Father Connor said he especially wanted to thank Father Garza “for his leadership and example of faith and perseverance over the past several years.”

Father Connor was born on Feb. 15, 1968, in Severna Park, Md., the Legion of...READ MORE

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