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On Ash Wednesday, Philippines archdiocese to let families distribute ashes

By Michael Otto | February 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) – An archdiocese in the Philippines will allow churchgoers to distribute ashes among family members at home to mark the beginning of Lent on February 17. Ucanews.com reported the Cebu Archdiocese in the central Philippines released a prayer guide on February 10 for the celebration of Ash … Read More about On Ash Wednesday, Philippines archdiocese to let families distribute ashes

Vatican releases schedule for papal trip to Iraq next month

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

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis said his upcoming trip to Iraq would be an important sign of his concern for the region’s Christians, but also an important opportunity to build fraternity through interreligious dialogue. “In our time, interreligious dialogue is an important component of the encounter between peoples and … Read More about Vatican releases schedule for papal trip to Iraq next month

Pope’s advice for musicians during time of pandemic

By Michael Otto | February 5, 2021 | 1 Comment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – While protocols to slow the Covid-19 pandemic have silenced many concert halls and restricted the use of congregational singing in many churches, Pope Francis prayed that musicians were using this time to listen. Good music, like any kind of effective communication, needs both sound and silence, … Read More about Pope’s advice for musicians during time of pandemic

Vatican stamps highlight papal engagement in interreligious dialogue

By Catholic News Service | February 4, 2021 | 1 Comment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis’ ongoing efforts to promote interreligious dialogue will be highlighted in a new series of Vatican stamps. The series, which will be released in late February, feature photographs of some of the Pope’s meetings over the past six years with leaders of other world religions. … Read More about Vatican stamps highlight papal engagement in interreligious dialogue

St Martha’s feast day to include her siblings Mary and Lazarus

By Catholic News Service | February 3, 2021 | 1 Comment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Recognising their welcome of and witness to Christ, Pope Francis has approved changing the liturgical feast of St Martha to include her sister and brother, Mary and Lazarus, on the church’s universal calendar of feast days. The names of Mary and Lazarus will be added to … Read More about St Martha’s feast day to include her siblings Mary and Lazarus

Prayers needed for Myanmar after military coup

By Catholic News Service | February 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – After a military coup and the detention of top government leaders in Myanmar, the auxiliary bishop of Yangon, the nation’s largest city and former capital, called for prayers, caution and stocking up on provisions for the people. “We must live in a spirit of vigilance and … Read More about Prayers needed for Myanmar after military coup