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Synod of Consecrated Women

By on 03-Aug-13 21:51.

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The largest and most significant International Women’s Assembly of the Catholic Church, which has been defined as the Synod of Consecrated Women, has just come to a close. Convened every three years by the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), the Plenary Assembly took place in Rome from May 3rd to May 8th. More than 800 Congregational Ministers, hailing from 76 countries and representing the almost 800,000 consecrated women of apostolic life living all over the world were present.

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Author Sets Out New Theory on Origins of St. Patrick

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland on 15-May-12 20:34.

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A new book written by a Wicklow-based Church of Ireland clergyman looks set to challenge long held traditions about the country’s national saint. ‘Rediscovering Saint Patrick: A New Theory of Origins’ has just been published by Columba Press. The author, Rev Marcus Losack, is a lecturer and pilgrim leader and he believes his research has located the true origins of St Patrick.

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Teens Pack 100,000 Meals for Poor in Africa

By Catholic News Agency on 02-Aug-13 07:56.

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Participants at a youth conference in Atlanta helped feed the hungry of Burkina Faso, Africa, by volunteering to package more than 100,000 meals.

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'Symbolon' Programme Aims to Improve Adult Faith Formation

By Catholic News Agency on 31-Jul-13 11:49.

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The Denver-based Augustine Institute has launched its new Symbolon program aimed at improving adult faith formation overall, and in particular the process of welcoming converts into the Church.

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Over 300 Young People Take Part in Dublin Prayer vVgil

By Ann Marie Foley - Catholic Ireland on 30-Jul-13 12:37.

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The Archdiocese of Dublin is planning a follow up event in September to last week’s hugely successful World Youth Day in Brazil and the simultaneous ‘Rio in Dublin’ gathering.

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'go, do not be afraid and serve'

By on 29-Jul-13 09:14.

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There was jubilation among the three million young people camped on Copacabana Beach on Sunday morning as Pope Francis arrived to celebrate the final World Youth Day Mass. The Holy Father offered three simple ideas: “Go, do not be afraid, and serve”.

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On Stormy Seashore, Pope Invites Young People to Follow Jesus

By Catholic News Service on 27-Jul-13 23:12.

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Even at its stormiest, the Sea of Galilee doesn't have waves like those pounding Copacabana beach, but Pope Francis asked young Catholics to imagine they were with Jesus on the seashore and he was asking them to follow him and share his love with others.

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"I Want the Church to Go Into the Streets"

By Independent Catholic News on 27-Jul-13 22:42.

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On Friday Pope Francis added an extra visit to the official programme; he went to Rio Cathedral to greet an exuberant crowd of young Argentinians. Speaking colloquially, he said: “I want the Church to go out into the streets,

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World Youth Day a Seedbed for Consecrated Vocations

By Father Jeffrey Gubbiotti of Ansonia, Conn. on 17-Jul-12 09:16.

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Previous events have fostered a flood of U.S. vocations, and Church officials anticipate a similar response among Rio's WYD 2013 pilgrims.

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Opening Mass of World Youth Day in Rio

By Independent Catholic News on 22-Aug-12 13:58.

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.Yesterday afternoon more than half a million young people participated in the opening Mass of the 28th World Youth Day, celebrated by the archbishop of St Sebastian of Rio de Janeiro, Mgr Orani Joao Tempesta, on the beach at Copacabana. At dusk, the large stage dominated by a blue cross was lit up with the colours of the Brazilian flag. Silence greeted the arrival of the Cross and the image of the Virgin of World Youth Day, carried in procession by young people from the five continents.

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Pope Francis Warmly Welcomed in Rio de Janeiro

By on 24-Jul-13 07:42.

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Pope Francis has arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to take part in World Youth Day. An estimated two million young people are expected to attend. This visit marks his first overseas journey. As he left the Alitalia plane, he was welcomed by President Rousseff to cheers and applause from the waiting crowd. A choir sang and he was presented with a bouquet of flowers

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Weeklong Festival Marks Year of Faith at Croagh Patrick

By Susan Gately - Catholic Ireland on 23-Jul-13 10:37.

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Thousands of people are expected to undertake the pilgrim climb to the summit of Croagh Patrick over the course of this week. Each year, Reek Sunday and Garland Friday (two days earlier) attract large crowds to the sacred mountain, but this year, to coincide with the Year of Faith, a week-long festival has been organised which centres on the mountain itself.

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Young Irish Pilgrims Arrive in Rio for WYD

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland on 22-Jul-13 07:10.

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The majority of the Irish Church’s one hundred and seventy young pilgrims who are taking part in World Youth Day in Brazil are due to arrive in Rio de Janeiro today..

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Younger Sisters See Smaller Orders Ahead, But Say Future Still Bright

By Copyright (c) 2013 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops - Picture Giving Voice Website on 21-Jul-13 07:21.

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Some of Sister Chero Chuma's friends back in Kenya think she wasted her visa to the United States by becoming a religious and joining an order of mostly elderly nuns in the Seattle area.

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Bishop McKeown Selected as Bishop Catechist for WYD

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland on 20-Jul-13 06:07.

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Bishop Donal McKeown of Down and Connor has been selected as one of the bishop catechists who will provide catechesis to English-language pilgrims attending next week’s World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

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