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Women Religious ask Pope for World Day of Prayer Against Trafficking

By Vidimus Dominum - UISG on 11-Nov-13 07:47.

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(Vidimus Dominum UISG) - After Pope Francis entrusted two Vatican academies to study the problem of human trafficking, a group of women religious asked the pope to raise greater awareness in the church about the issue by establishing a worldwide day of prayer and fasting.

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Year of Faith to be Marked by Exposition of St. Peter Relics

By Elsie Harris - Catholic News Agency on 09-Nov-13 20:59.

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(Elise Harris - Catholic News Agency) - A Vatican official announced that in anticipation of the close of the Year of Faith, the relics of the first Bishop of Rome will be exposed with the aim of re-awakening the faith of the first Christians. “A final culminating sign will consist in the exposition for the first time of the relics that tradition recognizes as those of the apostle that gave his life for the Lord,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella stated in a Nov. 8 article published in the Vatican’s daily newspaper “L’Osservatore Romano.”

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New Prior for Tiber Island

By OH-FBF Website on 09-Nov-13 19:58.

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Brother Ángel López, from the Andalusian Province (Spain), has been appointed Superior of the Tiber Island Community, which depends directly on the General Curia. Brother Ángel has succeeded Brother Benigno Ramos, following his election as General Councillor at the Fatima General Chapter (2012).

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Presentation Sisters’ Foundress Declared Venerable

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland on 01-Nov-13 18:48.

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The Foundress of the Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle, has been declared Venerable by Pope Francis. The announcement brings a declaration of sainthood a step closer as her life of ‘heroic virtue’ is now officially acknowledged by the Vatican. This is the second of four stages in the canonisation process. Presentation Sisters around the world and all those involved with them on Thursday celebrated the good news.

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Sr Helen Prejean Addresses 'Voices of Hope' in Galway

By Editor Catholic Ireland on 31-Oct-13 21:46.

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(Editor - Catholic Ireland) - Sr Helen Prejean gave an inspiring address to over 200 people who attended the ‘Voices of Hope: Echoes of the Divine’ conference in Galway last weekend. The ‘death penalty’ nun played by Susan Sarandon in the Oscar winning film ‘Dead Man Walking’, spoke of her conversion to being with the poor and accompanying prisoners on death row as a pivotal moment of grace in her life.

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Halloween in the Year of Faith: Evangelizing our Pre-Christian Culture By Deacon Keith Fournier

By Deacon Keith Fournier - Catholic Online - (www.catholic.org) on 31-Oct-13 07:56.

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(Deacon Keith Fournier - Catholic Online) - Like many Catholics and other Christians I am aware that the contemporary celebration of Halloween, with its undue influence on goblins, ghosts and the demonic, reflects the waning influence of the Christian worldview in the West. However, it also presents an opportunity for Catholic Christians to do what we have always done, live like missionaries in our own culture. Particularly during this Year of Faith I suggest we consider how the Church has transformed cultures throughout her history- and then do the same.

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Half a Millennium Serving the Sick

By OH-FBF Website on 31-Oct-13 07:37.

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An official act of thanks to the Community of the Brothers of Saint John of God took place in the cloisters of Perugia Cathedral, in the Sala del Doctorado, to bid farewell to the Brothers who are leaving Perugia, where they were installed by Brother Pedro Soriano, the first Prior General of the Order, after 429 years of service to the City of Perugia.

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Meeting of the European Commission

By OH -FBF Website on 29-Oct-13 07:40.

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. The European Commission laid the foundations for setting up a number of subcommissions and/or working groups to process various issues at the European level such as Vocations Promotion/Pastoral Care, Pastoral Care of the Sick and the Social Pastoral Ministry, Bioethics, the question of the St John of God Hospitaller Family, and so on. It was decided to take a different approach to the other matters: for example, in order to conduct the first evaluation of the Schools of Hospitality a questionnaire would be used, and for research and vocational training, reference would be made, initially, to the Brussels Office and to the Office?s reference persons in the various European Provinces.

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Emmy Award Winner Launches New Documentary on Nuns

By Ann Marie Foley - Catholic Ireland on 28-Oct-13 08:09.

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Anne Marie Foley - Catholic Ireland) - $400,000 documentary aims to show the "energy, commitment and joy among American nuns. A new documentary made by three-time Emmy winner and Academy Award nominee, Robert Gardner, about five religious Sisters is to get a screening on PBS stations later this autumn.

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Religious Life is Dying Out in Europe. But it’s Surging in England and Wales. Here’s Why

By Mark Greaves - Catholic Herald - (Photo Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk) on 27-Oct-13 08:03.

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(Mark Greaves - Catholic Herald) - The number of people entering religious life has tripled over the last eight years, according to revised figures from the National Office for Vocation. Last year 64 people joined religious orders, compared to just 19 in 2004. It seems like the long decline in vocations has been reversed. In much of Europe, the decline continues. In France, for instance, the total number of novices fell by a third from 2004 to 2011 (from

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Radio Documentary Pays Tribute to Slain Irish Missionary

By Susan Gately - Catholic Ireland on 25-Oct-13 07:11.

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(Susan Gately - Catholic Ireland) - Nearly 12 years have passed since the murder of Fr Rufus Halley from the Missionary Society of St Columban. A Co Waterford native from Butlerstown, Fr Rufus worked to build peace between the divided Muslim and Christian communities in the Philippines by engaging them in a revolutionary inter faith dialogue effort. On 16 November 2013, a radio documentary will recall the slain priest. Remembering Rufus is part of the Different Voices Series and will be broadcast on Newstalk 106 on Saturday 16 November 2013 at 7AM and repeated on Sunday 17 November at 6PM.

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The “Existential Suburbs”

By Vidimus Dominum on 25-Oct-13 06:50.

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(Vidimus Dominum) - There is a Missionary of the Oblate of Mary Immaculate who works tirelessly “in the real and existential suburbs of a rich city such as Suwon”: we are talking about the Italian Fr. Vincenzo BORDO, who 21 years ago founded the “Casa di Anna”, a center for the “new poverty”. The Centre assists the elderly living alone, abandoned children, the homeless, street children, the unemployed.

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Conference to Highlight Value of Older Religious

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland on 24-Oct-13 06:23.

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(Sarah McDonald - Catholic Ireland) - Older members of religious orders are to be made aware of their worth and contribution to the Church and society at a national conference on ageing in religious life which will take place in December. Organised by the Awareness Education duo of Fr Tony Byrne, CSSp, who is director of programme, and Sr Kathleen Maguire, PBVM, who is facilitator of programmes, the conference will provide insights to Religious in their later years on a relevant spirituality.

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Dynamic Tension between Theology and Spirituality Needed says US Academic

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland on 23-Oct-13 18:37.

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(Sarah McDonald - Catholic Ireland) -Professor Arthur Holder rejects separation of spirituality and theology. There needs to be a dynamic tension between theology and spirituality rather than a separation of the two or the promotion of one over the other, according to a leading American professor of Christian spirituality.

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Irish missionary to receive International Caring Award

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland on 21-Oct-13 21:47.

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(Sarah McDonald - Catholic Ireland) - Irish missionary, Fr Patrick Devine SMA, is to be presented with the International Caring Award 2013 in Washington on 31 October in recognition of his promotion of peace through conflict resolution and reconciliation in Kenya. The selection of Fr Devine, a member of the Irish province of the Society of African Missions, as the winner of the international category was announced by US Senators Bob Dole and Tom Daschle, Co-Chairs of the Caring Institute.

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