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ISIS claims responsibility for Cairo church bombing

The attack on Sunday in Egypt’s capital left 24 Coptic Christians dead. ISIS claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a suicide bombing at a Cairo church two days earlier that killed 24 Coptic Christians, highlighting a new escalation of violence in Egypt against civilians and Christians in particular. In a statement circulated online, it said the






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Philippine capital may suspend Mass for fear of terror attacks

An uptick in terrorist activity may cause Masses and other liturgical celebrations to be suspended in the capital city of Manila, Philippines, the country’s bishop’s conference has announced. “The church, for practical purposes, will be more than willing to suspend any liturgical activity if there are threats to the safety of churchgoers,” said Father Jerome






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‘Blessed are those who work for full communion between Christians,’ says Pope in Mass homily

Francis celebrated Mass with Sweden’s Catholic community Pope Francis pressed his call for Christians to forge greater unity, urging Sweden’s tiny Catholic community on Tuesday to set aside divisions with Lutherans as the two Churches commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Francis celebrated Mass in the Malmo sports stadium, packed with Nordic Catholics






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Papal liturgist says divisions over worship ‘distort the Mass’

Mgr Guido Marini said it can be better to wait rather than provoking more conflict The papal liturgist has said that Catholics should “never fight” over liturgy. Speaking at a conference of liturgists and musicians, Mgr Guido Marini, the papal master of liturgical ceremonies, told choir members, directors and priests that when Catholics fight over liturgy, “We distort






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‘I receive the Body of Christ through their hands’: Mark Wahlberg says he’s praying for priestly vocations

The actor said he had known many good and holy priests and hoped future generations would too Mark Wahlberg has praised the priests he has known, and said he is praying for new vocations to the priesthood in America. In a Facebook video message to the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, which is meeting this week, the






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Cardinal Sarah: Let’s end the ‘hateful divisions’ and ‘public humiliation’ over liturgy

The cardinal condemned the ‘ideological clash of factions’ over ad orientem worship Cardinal Robert Sarah has said the “hateful divisions” over liturgy must end, and that liturgical debates have become an occasion for “public humiliation”. In an interview with the French publication Le Nef, translated by Catholic World Report, the cardinal, who heads the Vatican’s liturgy department,






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Behold! The Lamb Of God!

I have attended Mass in probably 25 to 30 different Catholic churches over the past 35 years, including the Basilica in Rome when the Pope celebrated Mass. The churches have been in several different countries, as well as across the US. I’ve heard Mass in Spanish, Italian, the Queen’s English and, of course, American English.






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