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28 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (5)

Why only 10 commandments?

Full Question Why were God's commandments limited to ten? It seems that the additions of “Thou shall not rape,” “Thou shall not condone slavery,” and “Thou…

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25 Oct 2016 News Comments (1)

10-year-old girl prays for miracle and God delivers

Ten-year-old Aysha lived in Kafer, Iraq, just outside the ISIS-held city of Mosul. The Islamic State fought fiercely just outside her village, leaving a trai…

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12 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

For Lincoln diocese, audit adds to its effective child protection plan

The Diocese of Lincoln will now take part in the U.S. bishops' audit of the implementation of the youth protection charter – a move it says adds to a well-funct…

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06 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (28)

Should I leave the Church because of my homosexuality?

Full Question I am a homosexual. I am also a Catholic who loves my religion but feels that it is against me. Should I abandon my Catholic beliefs, since I …

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09 Sep 2014 Vatican No comments

Irish Church's new leader honored, humbled as he takes helm

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 08:54 am .- As Cardinal Sean Brady resigns at the customary age of 75, newly appointed Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland E…

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04 Jun 2015 Articles No comments

The Excessive Sorrow and Insecurity in the Children of the Divorced (COD)

Children of divorce are not meant to be prisoners of their past. Recently on a national Catholic radio talk show on the impact of divorce on youth, several mot…

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09 Jun 2015 Vatican Comments (1)

Priest appointed by Pope Francis to investigate traditionalist order dies after stroke

Fr Fidenzio Volpi, the apostolic commissioner of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, has died after suffering a stroke. Fr Volpi was appointed to overse…

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22 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (1)

What is Just War?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in paragraphs 2302-2317, authoritatively teaches what constitutes the just defense of a nation against an aggressor.…

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12 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (1)

Am I wrong for making the sign of the cross over my children's homes?

Full Question I read recently that lay people are not supposed to make the sign of the cross on others. I make the sign of the cross with holy water and a …

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Pope Francis to Address European Parliament in Strasbourg

In a statement, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that a communiqué issued this morning by the European Parliament was correct, and that Pope Francis had accepted an invitation to visit the chamber in Strasbourg, France, and “address its members during a solemn session.”
“The visit will take place on 25 November,” he said, adding in comments to reporters that it “does not affect” the Pope’s acceptance of an invitation from French President Francois Hollande and others to make an official visit to France.

Father Lombardi also stressed there will be “no religious ceremonies or other official meetings” as the purpose of the occasion is to visit the EU Parliament.

The European Parliament released the communique Thursday morning saying that the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, had “this morning informed the Conference of Presidents, made up of the leaders of the political groups, that His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted his official invitation to the European Parliament.

“This invitation was extended by President Schulz during his official visit to the Vatican on 11 October 2013,” the communique read.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, President of the Commission of Bishops Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), enthusiastically welcomed the news, saying it was particularly timely given that 2014 “marks a series of challenging beginnings for the European project.”

He added that the visit gives a “strong signal that the Pope supports and encourages the pursuit of European integration and unity.”

Earlier this year, the parliament held its 8th election of MEPs. The leadership of the European Commission is also in the process of changing and will be headed from November by new European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The Juncker Commission is due to serve until 2019.

The last Pontiff to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg was St. Pope John Paul II in 1988, during which he was famously heckled by Ian Paisley, a Protestant Northern Ireland politician.


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