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Architect turns 67,000 tiny LEGO pieces into Vatican City State replica

By Catholic News Service | September 17, 2021 | 1 Comment

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) – Rome wasn’t built in a day, but LEGO architect Rocco Buttliere had three months, which definitely gave him a running start over Julius Caesar. Working quietly in his Chicago-area home during the lull of the pandemic in 2020, Buttliere cobbled together 67,000 tiny, plastic LEGO pieces to create an improbably … Read More about Architect turns 67,000 tiny LEGO pieces into Vatican City State replica

Pope: Bishops must handle Communion debate as shepherds, not with censures

By Catholic News Service | September 16, 2021 | 2 Comments

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM SLOVAKIA (CNS) – The debate about denying Communion to politicians who support abortion must be handled in a pastoral way, not by public condemnations that seek to “excommunicate” Catholics who are not in line with Church teaching, Pope Francis said. During his return flight from … Read More about Pope: Bishops must handle Communion debate as shepherds, not with censures

Pope Francis says Benedict rightly warned against not respecting human life

By Catholic News Service | September 14, 2021 | 3 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis has praised his predecessor’s courage in denouncing the danger of people no longer respecting or understanding the sacredness of human life. Pope Francis highlighted retired Pope Benedict XVI’s insistence that Europe’s renewal comes through its respect for every human life. The Pope’s remarks were … Read More about Pope Francis says Benedict rightly warned against not respecting human life

Eucharist heals from idolatry of ‘self,’ Pope says at Mass in Budapest

By Catholic News Service | September 13, 2021 | 2 Comments

BUDAPEST, Hungary (CNS) – Spending time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament can heal Christians from a self-absorbed religiosity that is ostentatious and triumphalist, Pope Francis said. Presiding over the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress on September 12, the Pope urged people to make time for eucharistic adoration. … Read More about Eucharist heals from idolatry of ‘self,’ Pope says at Mass in Budapest

Catholic housing provider slams policy shift

By Michael Otto | September 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A change in Government policy for housing vulnerable New Zealanders could worsen the immediate outlook for hundreds of families working with a Catholic community housing provider. Monte Cecilia Housing Trust in Auckland has criticised a Government move to shift funding towards new builds of public housing, … Read More about Catholic housing provider slams policy shift

Pope promotes theologian-priest who once testified against abusive mentor

By Catholic News Service | September 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis named a Chilean priest who had testified against his abusive mentor to be secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Clergy. Archbishop-designate Andrés Gabriel Ferrada Moreira of Santiago, the new secretary, replaces 76-year-old French Archbishop Joël Mercier, who retired in September. Archbishop-designate Ferrada received his … Read More about Pope promotes theologian-priest who once testified against abusive mentor