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Irish playwright Brian Friel, former seminarian, dies aged 86

One of Ireland's greatest playwrights, Friel was educated at Maynooth The Irish playwright Brian Friel, a former seminarian, died this morning aged 86. Br…

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29 Dec 2015 News Vatican No comments

Men arrested for flying drones over Vatican

Two men who were identified as Israeli have been arrested by the Italian security for flying two drones above St. Peter's Square on sunday morning. The Vatican …

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Relic containing St. Pope John Paul II's Blood stolen from Cologne Cathedral

A cloth that contains drops of Saint Pope John Paul II's blood that was preserved in a Cathedral at Cologne has gone missing. The disappearance of the relic …

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Israel: Christian schools closed until further notice; 'positive' discussion with President Rivlin

On Monday, 24 August, 2015, in Jerusalem, the negotiating committee of Christian Schools, chaired by Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, met Israeli President, Reu…

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31 Jul 2016 News No comments

Full text: Pope Francis’s address at World Youth Day Prayer Vigil

Jesus is calling you to leave a mark on history, Pope tells 1.6 million young people Dear young people, good evening! It is good to be here with you at this…

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26 Jul 2016 News Comments (1)

One person detained in Normandy church attack investigation

An Italian politician is urging Pope Francis to put the slain French priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, on a fast track to sainthood The Paris prosecutor’s office say…

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17 Oct 2015 News Vatican No comments

Cardinal Pell rejects conservative call for a walkout at Synod of Bishops

ROME — Despite an online petition calling on prelates “faithful to Christ’s teaching" to abandon the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, due to perceptions of …

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16 Sep 2016 News No comments

Younger teenagers sceptical about gay marriage and trans movement, study claims

The study said 'Generation Z' were more likely than older generations to call themselves 'conservative' on marriage and gender British 14- and 15-year-olds are…

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24 Mar 2016 News Vatican No comments

Archbishop Fisichella says Pope's humble gesture of washing the feet of refugees calls for respect for each of them

According to a Vatican report, Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at a Center for Asylum Seekers in Castelnuovo di Porto, some fifteen miles north o…

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USCCB outlines concerns about proposed Medicare rule on end-of-life decisions

Stating that it is unclear whether the Department of Health and Human Services’ ultimate aim is “to enhance patient autonomy or to save health care costs," the Office of the General Counsel of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed concern about a proposed Medicare rule on end-of-life directives.

The USCCB called upon the Department of Health and Human Services to “completely exclude counseling and documents that present lethal actions such as assisted suicide or euthanasia as treatment options."

The bishops’ conference also called for an acknowledgement of “the full range of advance care planning options, including those which rely on discussion and collaboration among family members instead of on pre-packaged documents that may be biased toward withdrawal of treatment."


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