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August 15, 2018

Pope clears way for canonization of Fatima visionaries

On Thursday March 30 Pope Francis approved the second and final miracle needed to canonize Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the shepherd children who witnessed the Fatima Marian apparitions. The Pope approved the miracle in a March 23 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which he advanced six other causes, approving one other miracle, two causes for martyrdom and three of heroic virtue. In addition, the Pope also approved a positive vote from members of the canonization causes for six martyrs who are already Blessed, but do not yet…

Pope removes extravagant Bishop

The Vatican has accepted the resignation of a German bishop who was at the centre of controversy over expenditures for spending $42 million on the renovation of his residence reports the Catholic News Service. Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-Van Elst is known as “Bling Bishop” because of his extravagant life style. Following a diocesan investigation, the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops studied the audit’s findings and accepted the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg. Auxiliary Bishop Manfred Grothe of Paderborn was appointed to serve as apostolic administrator of Limburg in the meantime, the Vatican announced yesterday. Bishop Tebartz-van Elst would be…

Meeting With Pope an ‘Unforgettable Day’ -Lionel Messi

Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi, Wednesday, August 14,  said “today is an unforgettable day” because he was able to meet the Holy Father in the lead up to the friendly soccer match between Italy and Argentina. The game was been organized in honor of Pope Francis, who has commented many times on his love for the sport. Messi and the captain of Italy’s team, Gianluigi Buffon, spoke at a press conference following their audience with the Pope. The Italian goalkeeper said that “it is an honor to be able to participate in the event. He also assured it was a…

Pope appoints Cardinal Onaiyekan Administrator of Ahiara Diocese

Pope Francis on Wednesday, June 3, appointed John Cardinal Onaiyekan, as the Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara Diocese. An Administrator (Sede Vacante) serves as a caretaker until a newly chosen diocesan bishop takes possession of the diocese. According to Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Ralph Madu, the Secretary to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, who confirmed the appointment, it was made ad nutum Santae Sedes, which means that the Cardinal will be accountable to the Holy See regarding ecclesiastical activities in Ahiara diocese. His appointment puts an end to the function of Msgr. Theo Nwalo as the administrator of the diocese….

Bishop Ezeonyia warns against disobedience to Church authority

-As Aba diocese ends Pastoral Meeting The Catholic Bishop of Aba, Most Rev. V.V. Ezeonyia has bared his mind in the latest happenings in the world, relating them to what is happening in the Church today. In his opening remarks at the Second Plenary Session of the Pastoral Council meeting of the Catholic Diocese of Aba, June 9 at Nneoma Hall, CKC Aba, Ezeonyia said that humanity is now tampering with nature. “I am sorely afflicted by what is happening in the world today.  There is something rotten in this world of ours now.   The core values are being turned…

Venezuelan Official Asks for Papal Mediation in Nation

Opposition Leader Requests Francis’ Help in Beginning a ‘National Dialogue’ The president of an opposition parliamentarian group in Venezuela, Acción Democrática leader Edgar Zambrano, asked Pope Francis for mediation to begin a national dialogue. Zambrano spoke with the Holy Father for a few minutes after last Wednesday’s general audience. Two days before that, Venezuela’s new president, Nicolas Maduro, met with the Pope in the Vatican. Zambrano told ZENIT that last Tuesday, he and his delegation were received by the Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, to whom they explained the situation of the country and pointed out…

Pope to Nuncios: Be Pastors who carry Christ to the world

Below is a Vatican Radio translation of the Holy Father’s address Dear Brothers, These days, in the Year of Faith, are offered to us by the Lord as an occasion to pray together, to reflect together and to share a fraternal moment. I thank Cardinal Bertone for the words he addressed to me on your behalf, but I would like to thank each of you for your service which aids me in solicitude for all of the Churches, in the ministry of unity that is central to the Successor of Peter. You represent me in Churches spread throughout the world…

Understanding the Year of Faith

Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, last year announced the period October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013 as “The Year of Faith” to be observed by Catholics throughout the world. Official Vatican documents, particularly “The Door of Faith”, issued by the Pope Emeritus explained that the period will enable Christ’s faithful re-discover and share with others the precious gift of faith entrusted to the Church. This re-discovery and sharing of Catholic faith is expected to be facilitated by living out the teachings of the catechism of the Catholic Church, which is rich in the systematic presentation of our faith.  It is…

Be careful on selection of bishops – Pope warns Nuncios

“Be careful that the candidates you recommend for episcopal appointments are not ambitious, that they do not seek the episcopate-volentes nolumus.” These were the words of Pope Francis to the hundreds of Papal Representatives, also known as Apostolic Nuncios, convoked to the Vatican from their diplomatic postings across the globe for two days of reflection and prayer in the context of the Year of Faith. The Holy Father spoke with them Friday, in a lengthy address which he said came “from the heart”, and was not just one of “perfunctory words”. His Holiness listed qualities of Episcopal candidates, saying that…

St. Joseph’s Name to Be Added to Eucharistic Prayers

Congregation of Divine Worship Cites Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Exemplary Model In a decree released Wednesday June 19, by the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Holy See has announced that the name of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, will be added to the Eucharistic Prayer II, III, and IV in the Roman Missal. Regarding His virtuous example, the decree, which was signed by Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, prefect of the Congregation, stated that St. Joseph exercised paternal care over Jesus with grace. St. Joseph adhered “firmly to the mystery…

Pope Francis Sends Letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron

– Pontiff Responds to Letter Sent by British PM Regarding G8 Summit Priorities On Sunday, the Holy See made public a letter sent by Pope Francis to the British Prime Minister David Cameron prior to the G8 summit that was held 18-19th June in Northern Ireland. The letter was sent in response to a message sent by Prime Minister Cameron to the Holy Father in June 5th. In his letter to Pope Francis, the British Prime Minister said that he would use his presidency of the G8 summit to help developing countries achieve sustainable development. “Your Holiness has spoken eloquently…

Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to Pope Francis: ”Pope is an extraordinary humanity, on fire with the Spirit of Christ”

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, met for the first time in the Vatican since they both took over leadership positions in their respective Churches mid-March. They got on very well together, according to persons accompanying them. They sat and talked together in private for over thirty minutes in the Pope’s library on June 14, with the aid of an interpreter. Afterwards they prayed together and had lunch together with their respective delegations, in the Domus Sancta Marta, the Vatican guesthouse where Pope Francis now lives. “It was a personal visit. And the private conversation with Pope…

Archbishop of Canterbury to Meet with Pope Francis on Friday

……His Grace Justin Welby Makes Special Request to Pray Before Tomb of Blessed John Paul II His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury will be visiting Pope Francis Friday June 21 at Vatican City. Archbishop Welby was enthroned shortly after the Holy Father’s election to the papacy. This will be their first meeting since beginning their respective ministries. In a communique released by the Holy See Press Office, the Archbishop of Canterbury will not only visit the tomb of St. Peter, but upon a special request, will also pray in front of the tomb of Blessed Pope John Paul II….

Pope Francis urges Relief Organizations to Contemplate Jesus’ suffering in the People of Syria

Pope Francis, on Wednesday, June 5,  met with humanitarian and relief organizations that are dealing with the ongoing crisis in Syria. The meeting was organized by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, which coordinates the Church’s charity work. Among the participants were representatives of the following Catholic charity organizations: Aid to the Church in Need International, the AVSI foundation, CAFOD, Caritas Internationalis as well as the local Caritas organizations in Austria, France, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, the Middle East and North Africa, Syria, and Turkey. Also present was the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, Catholic Relief Services, the International Catholic Migration…

Pope Francis Warns Against Temptation to Worldliness

During his daily mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis reminded those present that following Jesus is not a calling to power, but a calling to follow the way of the Cross. The Mass was concelebrated by Archbishop Rino Fisichella and Msgr. José Octavio Ruiz Arenas, president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, respectively. Also in attendance were a group of priests from the Council and staff from the Vatican Power Station and Technical Laboratory of the Governorate of Vatican carpentry, accompanied by Engineer Pier Carlo Cuscianna, Director of Technical Services of the Governorate. Placing emphasis…

Pope Francis Names 800 New Saints

Pope Francis’s first canonization ceremony was a record-breaking one. The new pontiff named over 800 new saints on Sunday. That’s already almost double the number of saints declared by Pope John Paul II, whose 480-odd canonizations were, at the time, more than those of all of his predecessors since 1588, combined. But the latest canonization bonanza is notable for another reason: most of the 800 new saints are 15th-century martyrs, who were approved as a group for sainthood by Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. Given Pope Francis’s previous public commitment to improving the Catholic church’s relationship with Muslim communities worldwide,…

Pope Francis: “Do Not Be Content with A Mediocre Christian Life”

A downpour of rain on Sunday morning didn’t stop thousands of pilgrims from gathering in St. Peter’s Square for the Day of Confraternities Mass. The Year of Faith celebration was presided by Pope Francis, who greeted pilgrims while circling the square in his Popemobile. The Holy Father expressed his admiration to the faithful present, citing their bravery in attending despite the weather. During his homily, Pope Francis greeted the confraternities, saying that they are “a traditional reality in the Church” that has “experienced a renewal and rediscovery” in recent times. “I greet all of you with affection, particularly the confraternities…

Orlu Diocese rolls out red carpet for Apostolic Nuncio Brian Udaigwe

The Catholic Diocese of Orlu has arranged a colourful reception for their son, Most Rev. Dr. Brian Udaigwe whose Arch-Episcopal Consecration took place on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Vatican City in Rome. The reception begins on Friday, May 17, when the Orlu Presbyterium and the laity will file out to herald the arrival of the young Archbishop at the Imo Airport.  On Saturday, May 18, the Nuncio will hold an Episcopal thanksgiving Mass with the Catholic faithful of Orlu Diocese at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Orlu. This will prepare for the real home-coming of the Nkume-born star as…

Vatican to house two Popes for first time as Benedict returns

The Vatican became home to two Popes on Thursday, May 2 for the first time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church when Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI moved back to the city state in the wake of his resignation. Benedict has been living in Castel Gandolfo, the summer papal residence outside Rome since his shock resignation at the end of February. But it was always a temporary arrangement and on Thursday the German-born former pontiff moved into new retirement home within the Vatican gardens. The 86-year-old ex-Pope was picked up by helicopter from the ground of Castel Gandolfo, which…