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Noticeable Growth in Number of Novices and Priests in England and Wales

By Independent Catholic News on 18-Apr-13 09:33.

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Entry to religious orders has continued to rise in England and Wales during 2012. For the third year running, the number of women entering religious communities has grown and this year has seen a noticeable increase in the number of men joining as well. The rise in men and women entering is across a wide variety of different orders, some of whom have not had novices for many years

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Pope Appoints Panel of Cardinals to Weigh Major Reform of Roman Curia

By Catholic Culture on 15-Apr-13 22:18.

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Pope Francis has appointed a commission of eight cardinals to advise him on a reform of the Roman Curia. In the first clear indication that he plans major changes in the administration of Vatican affairs, the Pope named cardinals from every continent to the commission.

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New Forum to Support Spiritual Needs of People with Learning Difficulties

By Independen Catholic News on 08-Jun-12 07:29.

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A new forum has been launched to provide specialist advice and resources for people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities; their families, carers and support workers. Intellectual disabilities include Down's syndrome and autism; cognitive disabilities include dementia and people who survive a stroke. Directed by Cristina Gangemi and Dr John Swinton of the University of Aberdeen, the Kairos Forum is a response to research carried out with the University of Aberdeen into the spiritual needs of people with intellectual disabilities. The official launch will take place at the Charterhouse in London on 19 April.

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Service, Humility, Gentleness, Key to Christian Lives, Pope Says

By Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) on 14-Apr-13 08:11.

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Each member of the church has a role in the community and society, and responsibilities that require specific preparation and particular characteristics, according to Pope Francis. ”We mustn’t forget that baptism is sufficient for going to encounter the people” in evangelization, he said.

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Ex-Baseball Phenom Discusses Life in a Norbertine Abbey

By Trent Beattie - National Catholic Reporter on 12-Apr-13 08:35.

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National Catholic Register In January of 2010, Grant Desme shocked the baseball world by announcing his retirement from the game. Only 23 at the time, Desme had recently been named the 2009 Arizona Fall League MVP and was on the verge of playing in the majors. Despite his athletic success, the former center fielder knew he was called to something greater.

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IT Tests Prayer Ritual

By Catholic Religious Australia Website on 10-Apr-13 13:02.

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A Benedictine monk dedicated to an ancient art of reflective Scripture reading says the practice is being challenged by the fast-paced and very visual reading habits propagated by information technology

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Pope Francis Celebrates Mass for Brothers and Co-Workers from Vatican Pharmacy

By OH-FBF Website on 10-Apr-13 08:54.

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On Friday, April 5, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, attended by the Brothers of the Community and a group of Co-workers from the Vatican Pharmacy.

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Pope Nominates Franciscan for First Vatican Appointment

By Franciscan Minor Irish Website on 08-Apr-13 22:30.

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In his first significant appointment to the Roman Curia, Pope Francis has taken the highly unusual step of naming the actual head of a religious order, Fr Jose Rodriguez Carballo, as Secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated life and the Societies of Apostolic Life (formerly known as ‘The Congregation for Religious’).

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Fiftieth World Day of Prayer for Vocations to Focus on Hope

By National Catholic Register on 07-Apr-13 22:32.

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As the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations draws near, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared resources emphasizing the hope that religious vocations offer to the world.

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Brother Fortunatus Thanhäuser - Possibility of Commencing Beatification Process

By OH-FBF Website on 07-Apr-13 08:30.

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Brother Fortunatus, one of the /founders of the St. John of God Order in India and who died in 2011, is considered a person of outstanding holiness by many of the local people .Bro. Elia Tripaldi, the Postulator General of the Order, has been to India to find out more about him and his life and work, and by agreement with Mgr Mathew, the diocesan Bishop, and with the Sisters of Charity of St John of God, to examine the possibility of beginning the beatification process which will have to begin with the diocesan process.

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Women First Witnesses to the Resurrection

By Source: VIS – Independent Catholic News on 05-Apr-13 18:20.

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The Resurrection, the heart of the Christian message, and the two ways it is announced— through profession of faith and narration—were the themes with which Pope Francis returned to the catechesis for the Year of Faith in this morning's general audience. However, the Pope preferred to emphasize the witness that takes the form of a story, recalling above all that, in these types of testimonials, women are the first witnesses.

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Irish Deacons Ordained in Rome

By Ann Marie Foley - Catholic Ireland on 04-Feb-13 20:33.

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Four Irish seminarians, who were among students assisting Pope Francis during the Good Friday liturgy in Saint Peter’s Basilica, have been ordained deacons at Pontifical Irish College in Rome. “It is heartening to witness the courage and dedication of these four men as they begin their life of ministry and service of the Gospel and the Catholic Church in Ireland,” said Monsignor Ciaran O’Carroll, Rector of the Irish College, Rome.

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Two New St. John of God Facilities Opened

By OH-FBF Website on 16-Jan-13 13:55.

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Two projects that lie at the very heart of the mission of the Order and the Church were blessed and inaugurated on March 21, 2013 in Kattappana, India.

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"Recognize Risen Christ in Those Suffering Autism" - Vatican

By Catholic News Agency on 04-Feb-13 20:33.

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.The Vatican is observing World Autism Awareness Day by calling on Christians to recognize the Risen Christ in autistic people and increase solidarity with them.

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"make the life of the risen Christ present where there is human suffering " - Prior General

By OH-FBF Website on 31-Mar-13 00:04.

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In his Easter Letter to the St. John of God Hospitaller Family, the Prior General, Br. Jesus Otayo, said that all who follow St. John of God should offer life and hope to those who suffer, bringing the life of the risen Christ to places where human suffering is present and doing so with enthusiasm and joy.

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