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St John of God African Province to Work with "Women for Africa Foundation"

By OH-FBF Website on 18-Dec-13 08:02.

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On 9 December, 2013 officialsof the African Province of St Augustine (Hospitaller Order of St John of God)met the Fundación Mujeres por África in Madrid to sign the Cooperation Agreement between their twoinstitutions, to pursue the common objective of improving the health of womenin Africa, which suffers from the highest levels of poverty.

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Christmas Lights Reflect Truth that Christ is Light of World, Pope Says

By Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service on 14-Dec-13 19:02.

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(Cindy Wooden - CNS) -The lights glowing on the Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square, like Christmas lights everywhere, are reminders that Jesus is the light of the world, Pope Francis said. While he did not attend the Vatican's tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 13, the pope personally thanked the German donors and their Czech neighbors for the tree during an audience earlier in the day.

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"Life in Christ" - Inspiring New Resource

By Independent Catholic News on 12-Dec-13 22:54.

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(Independent Catholic News) - Many leading contemporary Catholic theologians and Scripture scholars in the UK, have contributed to Life in Christ, a major new study resource, for use in parishes, colleges and schools, youth and young adult groups launched at Amigo Hall in Southwark on Saturday. Produced by Southwark Youth Services, Life in Christ consists of three DVDs of short talks by 26 speakers - among them Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, Fr Stephen Wang, Bishop Keiran Conry, Dr Philomena Cullen, Bishop John Arnold, Suzy Brouard and Professor Gavin D'Costa

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Pope Francis Named TIME's "Person of the Year 2013"

By Zenit on 11-Dec-13 21:31.

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(Zenit) - The international news magazine chose to bestow the honor on the Holy Father largely because of his humility and compassion. "In a very short time, a vast, global, ecumenical audience has shown a hunger to follow him," TIME's managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, wrote in an article explaining their decision. "For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest faith to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is TIME’s 2013 Person of the Year."

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"Consecrated Life is Prophesy" Pope Francis to Superior Generals of Religious Orders

By Translated from the Italian by Br. Dominic Barry, OH on 09-Dec-13 21:52.

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At the General Assembly of the Union of Superior Generals (USG) held in Rome at the end of November, Pope Francis spoke of consecrated life as prophetic and that this relates to the "charism" of the Orders not the work, the first remains always, the latter is subject to change or modification.

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Church in Ireland on the way to renewal: Archbishop Martin

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland on 09-Dec-13 21:33.

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(Sarah McDonald - Catholic Ireland) - Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said the Church in Ireland is on the way to renewal and this is evident from the packed churches he has encountered increasingly in recent weeks. “I believe that we are on the road to renewal in our Church,” he told parishioners packed into the Church of the Annunciation in Rathfarnham, Dublin on Sunday afternoon.

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Pope Francis: Use internet to offer 'real reasons for hope'

By Independent Catholic News on 08-Dec-13 21:25.

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The internet is an essential tool of evangelisation for the Church today, but must be used with discernment, Pope Francis, told participants of the 26th Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, meeting under the theme “Proclaiming Christ in the digital age,” on Saturday. Pope Francis said the rise and development of the internet raises the question of the relationship between faith and culture. Looking back to the first centuries of Christianity, the Pope pointed out Christians encountered the “extraordinary legacy” of Greek culture.

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Elderly Religious Going Through a “very difficult time”

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

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(Sarah McDonald - Catholic Ireland) - Elderly Religious are going through a “very difficult time” as they cope with old age, sickness, no vocations, the closutre of convents and monasteries and the negative reaction to the revelations of clerical and institutional abuse.

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Live joyfully, pray fervently and propose enthusiastically – Pope Francis on Vocation Ministry

By on 06-Dec-13 21:41.

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In his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium n.107: Pope Francis urges priests and religious to live joyfully and says that vocations are often the result of observing others who are living their vocations with a genuine fervour and desire to bring Christ to others. He also mentions the need for proper discernment and good formation.

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The World Mourns Nelson Mandela

By Independent Catholic News on 06-Dec-13 20:36.

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(Independent Catholic News) - Prayers are being said around the world for Nelson Mandela, following the announcement of his death late last night by the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. Mr Zuma said: "Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation has departed. He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father." Archbishop Desmond Tutu said: "How blessed we have been. He has become the most admired statesman in the world, an icon of forgiveness and reconciliation, a moral colossus ... wonderful man, wonderful, wonderful gift to us".

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"Chain of Hope" to Provide Assistance to St. John of God Hospital in Tanguiéta (Benin)

By OH-FBF Website on 06-Dec-13 07:43.

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The Humanitarian Association "Chain of Hope" will be providing assistance in the next few years at the hospital of the Brothers of Saint John of God at Tanguiéta (Benin).

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"A Candle for You" Sr. Marie Dunne Composes Song for Missing Persons' Day

By on 05-Dec-13 08:44.

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Yesterday, saw the launch of the first national missing persons’ day at Farmleigh by the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter. More than 100 family members and friends of Irish missing persons were present for the launch. Sr. Marie Dunne, composer and music director, composed the song “A Candle for You” to remember the people who have gone missing.

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International Conference to Explore ‘Vocation’ of Business

By Catholic News Agency on 03-Dec-13 07:40.

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(Catholic News Agency) - A conference for Catholic business leaders will meet in Thailand in March to discuss Catholic social teaching and the vocation of the business leader in the new evangelization.

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"The Disciples' Call"

By UK National Vocation Office Website& Bloomsbury Publishing on 02-Dec-13 07:22.

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(UK National Vocation Office) - A new book edited by Fr Christopher Jamison, Director of the National Office for Vocation has just come out: The Disciples' Call. The book is a collection of essays written by a number of authors on the theology of vocation. They trace the development of vocation from scriptural, patristic roots through Thomism and the Reformation to engage with the modern vocational crisis. - See more at: http://www.ukvocation.org/#sthash.R0KnCxYZ.dpuf

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Pope Francis to Dedicate 2015 to Consecrated Life

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland on 30-Nov-13 09:22.

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(Sarah McDonald - Catholic Ireland) - Pope Francis unexpectedly announced on Friday that 2015 will be a year dedicated to consecrated life. News of the Pope’s intention was made at the close of a meeting between the Pontiff and 120 superior generals of male religious orders.

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