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Pope Francis: It Is Our Christian Duty to Help People Know Jesus

By Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis said Sunday it is our Christian duty to help people know Jesus, which we cannot do without giving of our lives in service and love. “Many people, often without saying so, implicitly would like to ‘see Jesus,’ to meet him, to know him. This is how we understand the great responsibility we Christians and our ...

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Enforce Anambra Burial Law, Bishop Ezeokafor Tells Govt, Community Leaders

…Insists on Befitting Living, not Befitting Burial By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, has called for the outright enforcement of the Anambra State Burial Law so as to control excessive funeral ceremonies in the state. Bishop Ezeokafor, who stated this in his homily at the thanksgiving Mass to mark the 75th Birthday Celebration ...

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What is “Holy Week” and what should Christians do to properly recognize and participate in it

By Fr Micheal Van Sloun Holy Week stands at the head of our calendar, the holiest week of the entire liturgical year. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and continues until Easter Sunday. It celebrates the Paschal Mystery, the passion and death of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and his victorious resurrection, his triumph over sin and death and his glorification ...

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Pope Francis Support Working Mothers amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Pope Francis has called for more support for working mothers during and after the coronavirus pandemic, saying that women are needed in the renewal of society and the economy. “Women urgently need help with childcare, and should not be discriminated against in terms of pay and advancement, or with the loss of their work as women,” the pope said in ...

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The Easter Vigil The Mother of All Vigils

The Easter Vigil, which takes place Holy Saturday night, “is the greatest and most noble of all solemnities and it is to be unique in every single Church,” the rubrics of the Missale Romanum proclaim. The word vigil, which means “staying up all night,” takes on a special meaning for the night before Easter because it recalls the holy women ...

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Pope Francis Designates Lateran Palace a Museum and Cultural Site

Pope Francis on Tuesday said the Lateran Palace, the former centuries-long papal residence located in southeast Rome, should now be used as a museum. In a letter to Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the vicar of Rome, published March 16, Pope Francis wrote that a desire to promote and protect the Church’s beauty and cultural heritage had inspired him to dedicate ...

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Year of St. Joseph Indulgences

Granted by the Holy See from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021 Below is a summary of how you can receive the special indulgences granted by the Holy See for the Year of St. Joseph. Find the prayers mentioned below here. The plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the ...

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Catholic Women Issue Statement Opposing Use of ‘Abortion-Tainted Vaccines

Eighty-six Catholic women from 25 countries issued a letter Monday opposing what they called “abortion-tainted” COVID-19 vaccines, and arguing Church statements approving their use rely on “an incomplete assessment of the science of vaccination and immunology.” The signatories of the letter include doctors, nurses, bioethics experts, religious sisters, and pro-life activists from four continents. “We cannot sit back as the ...

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Legal Group Highlights Forced Marriages, Conversions on International Women’s Day

A Christian group marked International Women’s Day 2021 by highlighting forced marriages and conversions – an ongoing problem for millions of girls in the developing world. Maira Shabaz, a 14-year-old Christian girl from Pakistan, was kidnapped in April 2020 by Mohamad Nakash, allegedly at gunpoint. She escaped, but not before he forced her to convert to Islam and marry him. ...

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