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Easter Vigil Homily of Pope Francis  
Read the Holy Father's homily here (Author: 20 April 2014)

Bishop Michael Campbell's Homily for the Easter Vigil at St Peter's Cathedral, Lancaster 
Read the Bishop's Homily here (Author: 20 April 2014)

The Bishop's Blog: Journeying through the Triduum and a Blessed Easter 
The latest Bishop's Blog post is here (Author: 20 April 2014)

Pope, at Easter Vigil, urges Christians “to return to our first love” - Report
Francis baptized 10 people from 6 countries at the Easter vigil, and urged Christians to rediscover the source of their faith by “returning to our first love, in order to receive the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world and to bring that fire to all (Author: 20 April 2014)

Vast Majority of Younger Priests in US Appreciate New Roman Missal
The findings of a recent study that the CMAA sponsored (along with a few other organizations), which finds that 72% of young priests (under 50) like the corrected translation that we are now using. (Author: 20 April 2014)

This Easter, Ukrainians ‘Have Nothing but Faith’
One family celebrates the Triduum amid hopes and fears for their country’s future. (Author: 20 April 2014)

Bishop Campbell's Homily for Good Friday 
Read the Bishop's homily here (Author: 20 April 2014)

Pope Francis: In the Cross we see the monstrosity of man and greatness of God's mercy
Immigrants, the unemployed, the sick, the elderly and prisoners: these were the focus of thousands of pilgrims prayers Friday evening as they gathered in the darkness around the ancient amphitheater, behind a simple wooden Cross. (Author: 20 April 2014)

The Lancaster Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2014
Our diocesan pilgrimage to Our Lady's shrine in France (Author: 20 April 2014)

What exactly happened in February Consistory? The Majority of Cardinals are against Kasper Approach
An interesting article based upon work by Marco Tosatti (Author: 20 April 2014)

An Appeal from Bishop Michael Campbell OSA
An appeal for help from the Bishop of Lancaster (Author: 20 April 2014)

A Confirmation program that is orthodox, thorough, and engaging
A review of "Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation" from Ascension Press (Author: 20 April 2014)

The Joys and Sorrows of Francis's Magisterium
The innovation in method of "Evangelii Gaudium" explained by an Australian theologian. But the pope is not always interpreted correctly. Not even by the director of "La Civiltà Cattolica." (Author: 20 April 2014)

 The ‘new’ argument against contraception 
The ‘new’ argument against contraception Instead of pretending this argument doesn’t exist, people need to come to grips with it Russell Shaw (Author: 20 April 2014)

How Catholic Social Teaching Can Ruin Your Life
Real Christianity, when lived out fully, makes you look like a weirdo, a misfit, and a loser in the eyes of many (Author: 19 April 2014)

The Exsultet in English: Practice Video
Get ahead of the game and start practicing! (Author: 19 April 2014)

Pope Francis' Homily for the Mass of the Lord's Supper is here
Here is an English translation of Pope Francis’ reflections on the Lord’s loving act of service, an act which the Pope himself imitated later in the Mass, kneeling down to wash the feet of twelve patients of the centre. (Author: 19 April 2014)

Bishop Campbell's Homily for the Mass of the Lord's Supper 
Access the homily here (Author: 19 April 2014)

Papal preacher slams curse of money-driven corruption at Good Friday Liturgy
In his homily for Good Friday’s Passion liturgy, Papal Preacher Raniero Cantalamessa decried the poisonous actions of those who exploit others for financial gain, urging all to repent of their sin. (Author: 19 April 2014)

Bishop Mark Davies to issue warning on assisted suicide in Easter Vigil Homily
The Rt Rev Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, will use his homily on Easter Sunday to attack the Assisted Suicide Bill, saying it would change laws "which uphold the sanctity of human life and protecting some of the weakest in society". (Author: 19 April 2014)

Read Bishop Campbell's Chrism Mass Homily here
Read the Bishop's Homily here (Author: 19 April 2014)

Anointed with the oil of gladness – Pope Francis’ Homily for the Chrism Mass
Here, please find the full text of Pope Francis homily for the Chrism Mass 2014 (Author: 19 April 2014)

Global war on Christianity is violent and real says by John L Allen
Also: Bioethics; Venezuela; Synod of Bishops; and a little friendly slang to greet the pope (Author: 19 April 2013)

 The Holy Saturday Experience
Fr Dermot Power writes on the Holy Saturday experience (Author: 19 April 2014)

Pope celebrates Mass of the Lord's Supper at Centre for Disabled
Francis washed the feet of 8 men and 4 women at a center for disabled people in Rome on Holy Thursday, as he led the celebration commemorating Jesus’ Last Supper (Author: 18 April 2014)

Vatican texts here of Good Friday Meditations for Way of the Cross at Colosseum
Read the texts here (Author: 18 April 2014)

Carrying the Cross with Simon of Cyrene
We can be sure that Jesus was grateful to Simon for providing some relief during the Passion, but also for helping him reach his goal of redeeming humanity (see Jn 12:27 and Acts 2:23) by his suffering and death. (Author: 18 April 2014)

Coptic priest becomes Pope's second personal secretary
After Mgr. Xuereb’s promotion to Secretary for the Economy, Francis has now chosen Secretary of State official Yoannis Lahzi Gaid to replace him (Author: 18 April 2014)

Cardinal Bertone: John Paul II was like a flag-bearer to us, when we were young
In the time before John Paul II named him a cardinal, Tarcisio Bertone worked alongside future Pope Benedict XVI. The Church's leader at the time was a charismatic Polish man that he admired greatly. (Author: 18 April 2014)

Norway's first Catholic ordination at Protestant national shrine
The first Catholic priest since the Reformation has been ordained at the Protestant Church of Norway’s Nidaros Cathedral. (Author: 18 April 2014)

Nigerian church condemns bombing that claimed at least 71 lives
The Catholic church in Nigeria condemned the morning rush-hour bombing of a bus station near the capital of Abuja that killed at least 71 people and injured dozens more Monday. (Author: 18 April 2014)

Cuban government makes Good Friday official holiday
After granting temporary permission for Cubans to celebrate Good Friday in 2012 and 2013, the Cuban government has decided grant a request made by Pope Benedict during his visit to the country in 2012 to make it a permanent official holiday. (Author: 18 April 2014)

‘Kiss the crucifix,’ advises Pope, as he reflects on Christ’s humiliation
In his general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of suffering and evil, explaining that it is a mystery which finds its answer in the passion and death of Jesus, who endured it for each of us. (Author: 17 April 2014)

A Priest by Any Other Name
The nature of Holy Orders is both collegial and personal. Collegially, all priests are addressed as “Father” because all share in the one priesthood of Jesus, icon of the Father. Personally, each priest retains his own individuality, his own personality (Author: 17 April 2014)

Persecuted facing ‘way of the cross’ this Easter
Christians in Syria are facing a seemingly endless Way of the Cross, one of the country’s most senior Church leaders has said. (Author: 17 April 2014)

Heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem call for peace process to continue
In this year’s Easter Message, the heads of local Christian Churches sent out an appeal for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Meanwhile, tensions have risen since the killing of a police chief in Hebron (Author: 17 April 2014)

After discussing the Vatican's finances, C8 cardinals move onto Curia reform
From 28 to 30 April Francis’ eight cardinal advisors will be discussing the reform of the dicasteries (Author: 16 April 2014)

'I can't leave my people': Priest killed in Syria hailed as martyr
Days after Dutch priest Fr. Frans van der Lugt S.J. was murdered in Syria, a close young friend recalled his saintly life, noting both his personal holiness and extraordinary advances in Christian-Muslim relations. (Author: 16 April 2014)

Pope Francis wishes Rome's Jewish Community a happy Pesach
Pope Francis has written to the Chief Rabbi of Rome to wish the Eternal City’s Jewish community – and by extension the global community – a happy Pesach, or Passover. (Author: 16 April 2014)

Cardinal Parolin celebrates the memory of the new Christian martyrs
Yesterday Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, led the community in prayer for these men and women who were ready to offer their lives for the Gospel. Also present at the gathering were representatives from the various Churches and Christian commu (Author: 16 April 2014)

Releasing results of family survey would mean defying Pope, says bishops’ conference official
Bishops’ conferences that have released their responses to the family synod questionnaire are defying the Pope’s wishes, the general secretary of the Bishops’ Conference for England and Wales has said (Author: 16 April 2014)

Nigerian Archbishop appeals to intl. community to help trace the roots of Boko Haram 
Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni spoke to Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos in Plateau State which is also in the North Eastern region of Nigeria (Author: 16 April 2014)

Vatican was not ordered to appear before U.N. committee, spokesman says
The Vatican's scheduled May appearance before a United Nations committee monitoring adherence to an anti-torture treaty is being done willingly and not because church officials were ordered to appear for questioning, the Vatican spokesman said. (Author: 16 April 2014)

Two Orthodox bishops accuse the Pope of heresy
Two Greek Metropolitans, Andrew of Dryinoupolis, Pogoniani and Konitsa and Seraphim of Piraeus and Faliro have written a harsh 89-page letter to the “Head of State of the Vatican City”, asking Rome to renounce its “satanic pride” (Author: 16 April 2014)

Cardinal Sandri asks for generosity in the collection for the Holy Land
The Catholic Church dedicates the collection on Good Friday to protect the Holy Places, and its population. In particular, it aims to improve the lives of Christians living in the land of Jesus. (Author: 16 April 2014)

Celebrate the canonization of Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II: free resources for kids
Free electronic resources for kids (Author: 16 April 2014)

Seminary study requires commitment to constant conversion, pope says
Meeting a group of seminarians who had walked more than 40 miles to see him at the Vatican, Pope Francis told them to give their all to prayer, study and pastoral preparation, or else have the "courage to seek another path." (Author: 15 April 2014)

SSPX leader rips Cardinal Kasper's proposal on Communion for divorced/remarried Catholics
The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has denounced a proposal by Cardinal Walter Kasper for allowing the reception of Communion by Catholics who are divorced and remarried. (Author: 15 April 2014)

New Bishop of Paisley chooses to live in deprived housing scheme
As Scotland's newest Roman Catholic bishop he could easily have opted for the opulent residence set aside for a man in his position. (Author: 15 April 2014)

21 Reasons To Go To Confession and Why Catholics Confess Sins To Priests
Here are 21 Reasons To Go To Confession (Author: 15 April 2014)

Pope Francis is not thinking about a revolution of Vatican finances
Pope Francis is not thinking about a revolution of Vatican finances. It just would not make sense according to this article (Author: 15 April 2014)

Blossoming religious order in France sees global impact
A missionary order founded in the middle Ages in France is sending their burgeoning number of vocations from Asia and especially South Korea to evangelize countries throughout the world. (Author: 15 April 2014)

Pope appoints Fr Alan Williams SM as the new Bishop of Brentwood
Pope Francis has appointed Father Alan Williams SM, currently the Director of the National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, as the seventh Bishop of Brentwood. (Author: 14 April 2014)

English fulltext of Pope's off-script homily at Palm Sunday Mass
Video and text here of the Pope's Palm Sunday homily here (Author: 14 April 2014)

Msgr. Guido Marini reconfirmed as Papal MC
Yesterday on the front page of the Holy See’s daily was a note that the Holy Father reconfirmed Msgr. Guido Marini as Master of Ceremonies for another term. (Author: 14 April 2014)

British woman appointed by Pope to head Pontifical Academy
- Pope Francis has appointed Lady Margaret Scotford Archer as president of a group of scholars dedicated to studying issues in the social sciences (Author: 14 April 2014)

‘The Passion of the Christ’ Revisited  
Tom Allen discusses faith and the movies, and Mel Gibson’s cinematic blockbuster, which many Christians have made part of their Holy Week devotions (Author: 14 April 2014)

Talking Point: Should Pope Francis have abandoned the trappings of his office?
Pope Benedict was no less a pontiff of profound personal humility because he wore red shoes and lived in the papal apartments (Author: 14 April 2014)

A Journey through Holy Week: Daily Reflections
Take a journey through Holy Week with the editors of 'America,' featuring reflections by James Martin, S.J., Kerry Weber, Luke Hansen, S.J., Kevin Clarke, Ashley McKinless, Raymond A. Schroth, S.J., and Tim Reidy. (Author: 14 April 2014)

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