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Pope Francis Plans Trip to Sardinia (2503)

Along with his scheduled visit to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day in July, the Holy Father said May 15 that he will likely travel to the Italian island in September.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis isn’t embarking on many official visits this year, but he is scheduled to make two significant ones: the first to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day in July and the second to Sardinia.

Addressing Italian pilgrims during his weekly general audience May 15, the Holy Father said he wanted to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria on the Italian island of Sardinia. The visit, to the island’s capital, Cagliari, will take place “almost surely in the month of September,” he said. He would like to visit because a “brotherhood” exists between the cities of Buenos Aires and the Sardinian capital.

He explained that, at the moment of the founding of the city of Buenos...READ MORE

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The Central Argument in Christian Apologetics by Kreeft, We're All Spiritual Mothers and More! (2510)

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Cultural Imperialism: President Obama Promotes 'Gay'...READ MORE

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Clergy Must Be Shepherds, Not Wolves, Says Pope (3327)

Pope Francis asked the Catholic faithful to pray for bishops and priests to be poor, humble and meek in the service of the people.

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Pope Francis in Paul VI hall during an audience on March 16.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said on Wednesday that bishops and priests must take care to avoid temptations in order to be effective shepherds, protecting their flocks from dangers.

He urged the Catholic faithful to pray for bishops and priests, “because if we go on the road to riches, if we go on the road to vanity, we become wolves and not shepherds.”

The Pope’s words came in his May 15 homily in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence at the Vatican.

“A bishop is not a bishop for himself,” Pope Francis said. “He is for the people, and a priest is not a priest for himself. He is for the people: to serve, to nurture them, to shepherd them, who are his flock — in order to...READ MORE

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Cardinal O’Brien Leaving Scotland for Penance, Prayer (3280)

The disgraced former archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh will spend several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer and penance.

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Cardinal Keith O'Brien

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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Keith O’Brien will be spending several months in penance and prayer outside of Scotland after meeting with Pope Francis, according to the Vatican.

The Vatican Press Office released a one-paragraph statement on May 15, which said that Cardinal O’Brien “for the same reasons he decided not to participate in the last conclave, and in agreement with the Holy Father, will be leaving Scotland for several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer and penance.”

“Any decision regarding future arrangements for His Eminence shall be agreed upon with the Holy See,” it added.

In the days before the election of Pope Francis, Cardinal O’Brien — who was the...READ MORE

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Church Movements Bringing 50,000 More Than Vatican Expected for Pentecost (2983)

The Vatican invited Church movements to gather in Rome as part of the Year of Faith, an initiative aimed at evangelizing and helping Catholics become more fervent in faith.

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Archbishop Rino Fisichella speaks to the press at a May 15 media event on the Church movements weekend.

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VATICAN CITY — The attendance response to a Pentecost weekend event for Church movements has exceeded the Vatican’s expectations by 50,000 people.

“Over 120,000 people have signaled their attendance; around 150 ecclesial realities coming from around the world are registered, attesting to the fact that the Church’s Catholicity knows no boundaries,” said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

“The Year of Faith is going better than what I thought, because the response has been great so far,” he remarked in a May 15 interview with Catholic News Agency.

“We expected 70,000 people, and we’re reaching double the numbers,” he added.


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Assisted Suicide Corrupts Medicine, Vermont Diocese Warns (1595)

The Diocese of Burlington says we should embrace those who are dying, not provide them with the means to euthanize themselves.

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Burlington, Vt. — The Vermont Legislature passed a bill allowing physicians to approve lethal drugs for terminally ill patients to kill themselves, a move the local Catholic diocese said will have major consequences.

“Physician-assisted suicide will forever transform the role of physician from one who preserves life to one who takes life,” the Catholic Diocese of Burlington said ahead of the vote on its website.

“Catholics must raise their voices against such an affront to human life,” the diocese added. “True compassion calls us to embrace those who are dying, not provide them with the means to end their lives.”

On May 13, the Vermont House approved the bill by a vote of 75-65....READ MORE

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Superior General Discusses the Women’s Religious Plenary Assembly (3026)

The media-generated controversy regarding the U.S.-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious was a minor issue for most participants.

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VATICAN CITY — The plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) wrapped up May 8 with a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican’s Paul VI hall.

Over the previous week, 800 participants shared insights, best practices and discussions on the theme “The Service of Leadership at the Service of  the Gospel.”

In his address to the women religious, the Holy Father underlined the importance of poverty, chastity and obedience, and  he spoke of “feeling” with the Church, expressed through fidelity to the magisterium. He also alluded to the maternity of consecrated life, stressing that women religious are mothers, not “spinsters,” who bear spiritual...READ MORE

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Bangladesh Tragedy Sparks Catholic Calls for Clothing Retail Accountability (4064)

Justice for oppressed foreign workers is an issue that U.S. importers have a moral obligation to address, Catholic economics experts suggest.

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An aerial view of the eight-story commercial building, Rana Plaza, that collapsed in Savar, a sub-district in the Greater Dhaka Area, the capital of Bangladesh.

DHAKA, Bangladesh — After the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh, which killed at least 1,127 workers, demands for better oversight from Western retailers as well as local manufacturers have been widespread.

“The question is whether U.S. importers have an obligation to do something about working conditions in other countries,” Edward O’Boyle, senior research associate with Mayo Research Institute, told Catholic News Agency May 14.

He pointed to John Paul II’s 1981 encyclical Laborem Exercens (On Human Work), where the late Pope said that labor’s effect on the worker is more important than both its effect on the product and on profits.

“We cannot purchase imported goods at...READ MORE

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