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  • Maltese bishop rues ‘privatization’ of Confession : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catholic World News Maltese bishop rues privatization of Confession February 09 2016 Writing in L Osservatore Romano a Maltese bishop called upon confessors to be merciful and to see themselves more as doctors than as judges Noting that the Second Vatican Council called for a revision of the rite and formulas of the Sacrament of Penance so that they more clearly express both the nature and effect of the sacrament Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo asserted that in doing so the council fathers recognized that the praxis of the sacrament no longer responded to the needs of the people of God Bishop Grech lamented that the first rite of penance individual confession overshadows the second rite a penitential celebration followed by individual confession and the third rite general absolution The prelate recommended a more widespread use of the second rite With the privatization of auricular confession he said we have lost the social and ecclesial dimension of sin and the communitarian dimension of the Sacrament of Penance References Meglio abbondare L Osservatore Romano p 7 Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters

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  • Northern Ireland: Catholic bishops oppose move to allow abortion in cases of severe fetal defect : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    About CWN Catholic World News Northern Ireland Catholic bishops oppose move to allow abortion in cases of severe fetal defect February 09 2016 The Catholic bishops have issued a statement urging lawmakers to reject a proposal that would permit the direct and intentional killing of unborn children with life limiting conditions The legislative proposal which would legalize abortion in cases in which the unborn child suffers from a severe physical defect cannot be reconciled in any way with a commitment to the universal moral principle of the right to life the bishops argue Rather than abortion children who suffer from severe physical problems the bishops called on the medical professions to offer compassionate care Both medical professionals and legislators have a duty to acknowledge that an unborn child with a life limiting condition including anencephaly continues in every clinical and moral sense to be alive and worthy of continuing life supporting intervention and care until natural death References Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland on the proposed abortion amendment to the Northern Ireland Justice Bill Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound

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  • Gallup diocese has spent $3.5 million in legal fees for bankruptcy : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Connect Home On Facebook On Twitter eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Catholic World News Gallup diocese has spent 3 5 million in legal fees for bankruptcy February 09 2016 The Diocese of Gallup New Mexico has spent 3 5 milion in legal fees and associated costs during its bankruptcy proceedings The diocese which filed for federal bankruptcy protection in November 2013 is still working to reach a settlement with creditors led by sex abuse victims The law firm representing the diocese had filed bills for nearly 2 million by the close of 2015 while a firm representing victims had sough payment for more than 1 million References Gallup diocese owes 3 5M in costs Albuquerque Journal Galllup diocese asks bankruptcy court for new mediator victims want lawsuits to proceed CWN 7 14 15 Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound Off If you are a donor log in to see the comment form otherwise

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  • Film highlights Soviet brutality against Polish nuns : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Connect Home On Facebook On Twitter eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Action Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catholic World News Film highlights Soviet brutality against Polish nuns February 09 2016 Les Innocentes a French film being released in the United States as Agnus Dei premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in late January Based on a true story director Anne Fontaine portrays seven nuns at a Polish convent who gave birth after being raped by Soviet soldiers in 1945 Writing in the Vatican newspaper Emilio Ranzato described Les Innocentes as perhaps the most beautiful film set within the walls a convent apart from the 1986 film Thérèse References Animi in tumult L Osservatore Romano p 4 Sundance Film Review Agnus Dei Variety Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound Off If you are a donor log in

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  • Prominent US curial official named nuncio : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Catholic World News Prominent US curial official named nuncio February 09 2016 Pope Francis has appointed Msgr Peter Wells a Tulsa priest who has served as Assessor for General Affairs of the Vatican s Secretariat of State since 2009 as the apostolic nuncio to South Africa and Botswana The Holy See Press Office also announced on February 9 that Msgr Wells is being raised to the dignity of an archbishop As Assessor for General Affairs Msgr Wells served as the chief assistant to the Substitute for General Affairs the archbishop responsible for the internal work of the Roman Curia The two leading officials who work under the Secretary of State since 2013 Cardinal Pietro Parolin are the Substitute for General Affairs since 2011 Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu and the Secretary for Relations with States since 2014 Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher References Rinunce e nomine 09 02 2016 Holy See Press Office Pope Francis appoints new Secretary of State CWN 8 31 13 Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only

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  • Optional Memorials of St. Jerome Emiliani, priest; St. Josephine Bakhita, virgin - February 08, 2016 - Liturgical Calendar | Catholic Culture
    Foley O F M Patron Abandoned people orphans Symbols Ball and chain man shackled with a ball and chain who is attending the sick man wearing a ball and chain and receiving an apparition of Mary and the Child Jesus Things to Do Read more about St Jerome Life of St Jerome Meditate on these words Before dying Jerome gives to his own a testament that is not only the synthesis of his spiritual experience but also an itinerary of Christian life Follow the way of the Crucified despise the world love one another serve the poor The life of love for the poor is born from a community of people who live the commandment of the reciprocal love after having decided to have as a goal only God The cross becomes the expression of this dedication and love on the example of Jesus Christ We suggest you visit the Somascan Fathers and Brothers website where you can read St Jerome s letters written in 1535 as well as other documents and you can also learn more about this religious community St Josephine Bakhita For many years Josephine Bakhita was a slave but her spirit was always free and eventually that spirit prevailed Born in Olgossa in the Darfur region of southern Sudan Josephine was kidnapped at the age of seven sold into slavery and given the name Bakhita which means fortunate She was resold several times finally in 1883 to Callisto Legnani Italian consul in Khartoum Sudan Two years later he took Josephine to Italy and gave her to his friend Augusto Michieli Soon Bakhita became babysitter to Mimmina Michieli whom she accompanied to Venice s Institute of the Catechumens run by the Canossian Sisters While Mimmina was being instructed Josephine felt drawn to the Catholic Church She was baptized and confirmed in 1890 taking the name Josephine When the Michielis returned from Africa and wanted to take Mimmina and Josephine back with them the future saint refused to go During the ensuing court case the Canossian sisters and the patriarch of Venice intervened on Josephine s behalf The judge concluded that since slavery was illegal in Italy she had actually been free since 1885 Josephine entered the Institute of Saint Magdalene of Canossa in 1893 and made her profession three years later In 1902 she was transferred to the city of Schio northeast of Verona where she assisted her religious community through cooking sewing embroidery and welcoming visitors at the door She soon became well loved by the children attending the sisters school and the local citizens She once said Be good love the Lord pray for those who do not know Him What a great grace it is to know God The first steps toward her beatification began in 1959 She was beatified in 1992 and canonized eight years later Excerpted from Saint of the Day Leonard Foley O F M Be good love the Lord pray for those who do not know him What a great

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  • Outspoken member removed from Pope's sex-abuse commission : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood had said last week that it would be outrageous if Pope Francis did not attend the meetings of the commission that were being held in Rome That was the latest and most dramatic in a series of pubilc statements by Saunders criticizing the Pope and the Vatican He had denounced the appointment of a Chilean bishop who has been accused of ignoring abuse and charged that Cardinal George Pell was almost sociopathic in his response to abuse complaints a charge that prompted the Australian prelate to consider legal action As the papal commission concluded its week of meetings the group issued a subdued statement that did not mention Saunders departure But the statement emphasized that the papal commission was assigned to offer proposals for policies that would protect children from abuse rather than to judge the past performance of bishops in handling the issue The statement said that the commission chaired by Boston s Cardinal Sean O Malley has been actively in contact with numerous bishops conferences in helping to design programs for protecting young people The commission noted its request for all bishops to recognize the importance of dealing promptly and forthrightly with abuse complains and mentioned plans for a penitential liturgy and a worldwide day of prayer for abuse victims The commission s bland public statement following the disputed removal of its most contentious member served only to underline public questions about the group s effectiveness and its authority John Allen noted on the Crux web site that the papal commission was not invited to make a presentation at a Vatican orientation program for newly appointed bishops when they discussed the handling of sex abuse complaints A question raised by Allen is especially pointed in light of the

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  • In video message to Mexico, Pope anticipates visit with 'great joy' : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    On Facebook On Twitter eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Catholic World News In video message to Mexico Pope anticipates visit with great joy February 08 2016 In a message to the people of Mexico released less than the week before his arrival there Pope Francis says I feel great joy at the prospect of the visit I want to come as a missionary of mercy and peace the Pope says in his video message He encouraged the Mexican people to prepare for his visit with prayer saying that he was doing the same Looking forward to this visit which will take place February 12 to 18 the Pope emphasized his interest in praying at the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Would you like me to share with you one of my greatest wishes he said It is to be able to visit the home of the Virgin Mary References Pope to Mexicans I come as a missionary of mercy and peace VIS Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed

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