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England and Wales Report Rise in Vocations

By Independent Catholic News on 10-May-14 07:24.

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(ICN) - Nearly 100 men and women entered convents, seminaries and religious houses across England and Wales in 2013. These entry figures include 44 men to seminary, 22 men to religious life and 30 women to religious life, representing a significant upturn in numbers over the past decade.

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Don't let Bureaucracy Block Evangelization, Pope says

By Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service on 08-May-14 21:20.

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(Cindy Wooden CNS) - Too often Catholics turn the church into "a company that manufactures impediments" to faith, rather than a community that patiently helps people come to believe in Jesus, Pope Francis said.

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“Huge increase” in inquiries about vocations

By Susan Gately - Catholic Ireland on 06-May-14 10:39.

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The National Coordinator for Diocesan Vocations in Ireland has thanked members of St Joseph’s Young Priests Society in Knock for being a “powerhouse of prayer” for vocations.

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Twelve of Our African Brothers make Profession

By Br. Ronan Lennon on 03-May-14 21:56.

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The St John of God Brothers recently celebrated the Profession of 12 African Brothers; 1 from Malawi, 1 from Liberia, 2 from Senegal, 3 Sierra Leone, 4 from Togo and one from Benin. Outdoor mass and party for over 500 family members, Brothers from throughout Africa, Spain and Ireland; religious, clergy, staff, residents friends and neighbours

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The Apostolic Nuncio to the European Union Visits Order's General Curia

By OH -FBF Website on 03-May-14 22:11.

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During his visit the Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr Lebeaupin expressed his deep appreciation of the work being done by the Order’s European Office in Brussels. They then moved on to discuss a number of general issues such as the great value of the social work being performed by Religious Institutes and the Church throughout Europe, as well as the great importance of ensuring the Church’s presence within the European institutions.

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First Centenary of the Death of St Benedict Menni

By OH -FBF Website on 30-Apr-14 07:03.

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Celebrations for the 1st centenary of the death of St. Benedict Menni took place in Dinan, France where Benedict spent the last two years of his life He was responsible for restoring the Order of St. John of God in Spain and founding the Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart.

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John XXIII and John Paul II Canonised

By ICN & Catholic Ireland - picture courtesy Daily Mail on 28-Apr-14 06:37.

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(ICN & CNA) - At least half a million people attended the ceremony on Sunday morning in St Peter’s Square for the canonisation of the ‘two pope saints’ - John XXIII and John Paul II. Many more people around the world watched the service online, on television and in 3D cinemas. From its opening to the public at 5am, the square and its environs were filled with faithful from all over the world. Polish pilgrims, however, constituted one of the largest groups.

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Youth fill Rome's Cathedral to Remember John Paul II, John XXIII

By Marta Jimenez - Catholic News Agency on 23-Apr-14 21:45.

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The Basilica of St. John Lateran, cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, was filled Tuesday with thousands of youths who had come to learn more about the two Bishops of Rome who will be canonized Sunday. Both John Paul II and John XXIII will be canonized by Pope Francis April 27 at a Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

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Easter should last all week, including in your Bible reading, pope says

By Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service on 19-Apr-14 22:59.

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(Cindy Wooden - CNS) - Trusting that people took his Lenten advice and either downloaded a Bible app or bought a pocket-sized edition of the Gospels, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to re-read the accounts of the Resurrection during Easter week.

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Pope: Easter invites return to our first encounter with Jesus

By Elise Harris - CNA on 19-Apr-14 23:00.

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(Elise Harris - CNA) - In his homily for the Easter Vigil Pope Francis encouraged those present to remember the moment they first felt the love of God, saying that Jesus' resurrection is a time to relive this experience anew.

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Archbishops Lead Good Friday Walk of Witness

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland - Photo John McElroy on 19-Apr-14 08:23.

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The Catholic and Anglican Archbishops of Dublin led people of all traditions through the streets of the capital on Good Friday evening for the annual Ecumenical Walk of Witness. Carrying a Taizé Cross between them, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop Michael Jackson journeyed the two kms on foot from Christ Church cathedral to St Mary’s Pro Cathedral.

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Pope: During Holy Week, ask which Gospel character you resemble

By Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service on 16-Apr-14 21:52.

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(Cindy Wooden - CNS) - Throughout the Holy Week liturgies -- Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter vigil and Easter morning Mass -- "it would do us good to ask one question: Who am I? Who am I before my Lord?" the pope said.

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"Hospitality - Visible Sign of the Resurrection" - Prior General

By OH -FBF Website on 16-Apr-14 06:58.

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In his Easter Letter, Br. Jesus Etayo, Prior General, says that John of God met the Risen Christ every day in the poor and needy. In spite of all the challenges we face today we must continue to focus on hospitality, a visible sign of the resurrection.

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RTÉ to Feature Glencairn Nuns on Easter Sunday

By Ann Marie Foley - Catholic Ireland on 15-Apr-14 06:26.

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(Ann Marie Foley - CI) - Over the course of a year, the programme team spent time behind the scenes documenting the lives of the nuns who follow St Benedict’s 6th century way of life in silence, solitude and prayer.

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Trafalgar Square to Stage Passion on Good Friday

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland on 14-Apr-14 06:34.

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(Sarah McDonald - CI) - For the fifth year in a row, Trafalgar Square in central London will be transformed into Jerusalem of two millennia ago on Good Friday, when the 80-strong cast of the Wintershall Players perform the Passion of Christ at 12 noon and 3.15pm.

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