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Holy See adheres to European agreement on cultural routes (Council of Europe)

Catholic World News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 5:04 AM
Wikipedia offers an overview of the Council of Europe’s cultural routes program and the 2010 Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes.

Leading EU official meets with head of EU bishops' commission (COMECE)

Catholic World News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 5:04 AM
Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, “acknowledged the positive role of the Church in the society,” while Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich, SJ, “recalled the need to base the political process on dialogue and harmony between all political, social, cultural and religious actors.”

After priest is killed in Congo, clerics say they won't be intimidated (RNS)

Catholic World News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 5:04 AM
“Priests are living in fear, but they cannot leave the villages where they are with the people,” one priest said in a telephone interview. “They are running schools, hospitals and peace programs. They are the only hope.”

10% of children arriving in Uganda say they were raped as they fled DR Congo's brutal conflict (Save the Children)

Catholic World News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 5:04 AM
L’Osservatore Romano (4/20 Italian edition) devoted front-page coverage to this story.

Alfie Evans' dad emphasizes Vatican hospital is ready to care for his son (Liverpool Echo)

Catholic World News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 5:04 AM
Thomas Evans spoke with reporters in England following his audience with Pope Francis. The president of the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital said that the hospital has been in contact since last year with the Liverpool hospital that is seeking to remove the child’s respirator.

Priest murdered in Mexico amid continuing wave of violence

CNA General News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 5:03 AM

Mexico City, Mexico, Apr 20, 2018 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic priest in the Diocese of Cuautitlán Izcalli, México, was stabbed to death inside a church Wednesday, local reports said.

The death of Fr. Rubén Alcántara Díaz, judicial vicar of the diocese, makes 22 priests who have been murdered since 2012, the Catholic Multimedia Center reported.

According to local media, the Attorney General's Office of Mexico State confirmed that the murder occurred the evening of April 18, inside Our Lady of Mount Carmel church in the Cumbria neighborhood.

Reports state that the 50-year-old priest was stabbed by a person who fled after the crime and who has yet to be identified.

The Diocese of Cuautitlán Izcalli expressed its sorrow over the death of the priest.

“While the pertinent inquiries are being conducted by the experts, we pray to God for his eternal rest and ask everyone to join in this intention,” the diocese said in a statement.

Bishop Alfonso Miranda, secretary general of the Mexican Bishops Conference, expressed his condolences on Twitter for the death of Fr. Alcántara Díaz and of “all the victims of the enormous amount of violence in Mexico. God help us.”

Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes also lamented the murder, offering prayers that “hope in the Resurrection strengthen the bishop and faithful.”

Last month Bishop Ramón Castro Castro of Cuernavaca called the murder of priests in Mexico a “painful phenomenon which has darkened the country's horizon.”

The bishop encouraged the faithful to fight to eradicate organized crime from the country with the Gospel, always seeking justice and peace.

To Remember Don Tonino Bello, Pope Visits Southern Italian Towns of Alessano and Molfetta

Zenit News - English - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:43 AM

Pope Francis is visiting the southern Italian towns of Alessano and Molfetta in Puglia to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of the popular Italian bishop Don Tonino Bello, remembered for his helping the poor, disadvantaged, and promoting peace.

The Pope arrived around 8:30 a.m in Alessano, in the province of Lecce, on the ‘heel’ of Italy’s ‘boot’ from Rome’s Ciampino Airport.

Alessano is the town where Bishop Tonino was born and later buried. There, the Pope prayed at the tomb of the pastor, loved also for being among the people and without pretenses (similar to our Argentine Pontiff). In 2007, the cause for beatification of Don Tonino, late bishop of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi, was opened.

After addressing the faithful of Alessano, Pope Francis flew north to where Molfetta, a port town where Don Tonino was bishop and died.

In the cathedral there, Pope Francis will say Mass. He is expected to arrive back in Rome around 1:30 p.m.

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Pope Francis pays tribute to Benedictine order's spirituality, legacy (Vatican Press Office)

Catholic World News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:04 AM
“If St. Benedict was a luminous star,” said Pope Francis, “this was because he was able to discern between the essential and the secondary in spiritual life, placing the Lord firmly in the center. May you, his children in our time, practice discernment to recognize what comes from the Holy Spirit and what comes from the spirit of the world or the spirit of the devil.”

Resignations and appointments (4/19) (Vatican Press Office)

Catholic World News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:04 AM
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a Tanzanian bishop for reasons of age and appointed a successor.

Papal audiences (4/19) (Vatican Press Office)

Catholic World News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:04 AM
Pope Francis received, in separate audiences, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, Cardinal Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun of Laos, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the president of Italian Catholic Action, the founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, and monks of the Benedictine Confederation.

Caritas Syria's spokeswoman laments recent Western airstrikes (CNS)

Catholic World News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:04 AM
“When we heard the bombardment, we felt, please, no, not again,” said Sandra Awad. “Those (strikes) won’t help. It’s the opposite. They are opening the wounds of our hearts. We don’t want to live in war anymore.”

Ukraine's government seeks autocephalous status for Orthodox church (Reuters)

Catholic World News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:04 AM
Ukraine’s Orthodox faithful are divided into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate), and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Only the first is canonically recognized by other Orthodox churches; the second body is the largest of the three. President Petro Poroshenko met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to seek autocephalous status for the first—in effect, a canonically recognized independence from the Moscow Patriarchate.

Papal visit to southern Italy, praise for late Bishop Bello (Vatican News)

Catholic World News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:04 AM
On April 20, Pope Francis traveled to two southern Italian towns, Alessano and Molfettato, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Bishop Tonino Bello (1935-1993). Bishop Bello—an advocate for the poor who served as president of Pax Christi—was a “true saint,” the Pontiff said.

Gunfire at UN team in Syria stalls chemical weapons inspection (CNN)

Catholic World News - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:04 AM
L’Osservatore Romano (4/20 Italian edition) devoted prominent front-page coverage to this story. The Vatican newspaper also reported on the Syrian regime’s offensive against an ISIS stronghold and a UN mediator’s attempt to restart negotiations.

Book collects conference discussions on applying 'Amoris Laetitia' in US

Natl Catholic Reporter - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:00 AM
The organizers of a 2017 conference of bishops and theologians to examine how Pope Francis' family life exhortation could be applied at the local level have put together a volume collecting the participants' discussions.

Campus Notebook: University of Dallas removes president; Controversy over commencement speaker

Natl Catholic Reporter - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:00 AM
College round-up: President of University of Dallas removed without reason; Ave Maria University alumnae protest commencement speaker Betsy DeVos; Seton Hill University to honor Sisters of Charity; Villanova basketball team meets with Pope Francis

Bishop McElroy: Politics should pursue common good, not special interests

Natl Catholic Reporter - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:00 AM
Distinctly Catholic: San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy's April 18 lecture at Loyola University Chicago opens the debate about how the church should engage politics. He is calling for an approach in which Catholics remember to put their faith first, as the ground of a virtue ethics.

Pope Francis' encyclical inspires the Laudato Si' Project in Wisconsin

Natl Catholic Reporter - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:00 AM
The mission of the Laudato Si' Project is "to restore people's connection to the natural world." To do that, it focuses on three core themes: education, stewardship and recreation.

US infrastructure investment key to better jobs, less hunger, Bread for the World recommends

Natl Catholic Reporter - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 4:00 AM
National investment in widespread infrastructure improvement would create jobs, raise wages and help create a more inclusive economy — key to eradicating hunger and poverty in the United States, a new policy recommendation by a Christian anti-hunger lobby says.
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