Category Archives: Vatican

Pope encourages Catholics to contemplate ‘seven sorrows’ of Mary

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On the Friday before Holy Week, Pope Francis asked people to keep a long tradition of Catholic piety by focusing on “the suffering and sorrows of Our Lady.” “Honor Our … Continue reading

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Pope moves Good Friday collection for Holy Land to September

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With Holy Week celebrations closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis postponed the traditional Good Friday collection for the Holy Land to September. The Vatican … Continue reading

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Amid COVID pandemic, pope prays for homeless, cites newspaper photo

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — During his livestreamed daily morning Mass, Pope Francis prayed that the coronavirus pandemic may awaken people’s consciences to the plight of homeless men and women suffering in the world. … Continue reading

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St. John Paul showed how to face suffering by embracing God, Mary

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Remembering St. John Paul II and the 15th anniversary of his death, Pope Francis encouraged people to pray for his intercession and trust in Divine Mercy, especially during these “difficult … Continue reading

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Archbishop advises cellphones cannot be used to administer sacraments

Updated: 4:33 p.m. By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Administering the sacrament of reconciliation via cellphone is impermissible under church teaching, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship. In a March 27 memo to his … Continue reading

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Vatican approves special ‘Mass in the Time of Pandemic’

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has approved a special “Mass in the Time of Pandemic” to plead for God’s mercy and gift of strength in the midst … Continue reading

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Cardinal Tagle, in new position, looks for lessons learned in lockdown

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Starting a new job always involves a learning curve, but Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle got much more than he bargained for when he moved to Rome in February to … Continue reading

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