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My first six months at the Holy See

My first six months at the Holy See Mass of Inauguration of the Pontificate of Pope Francis, 19 March 2013. The following is a guest blog by Steve Townsend, Deputy Head of Mission. It is difficult to think that I have already finished the first six months of my four-year posting to the Holy See. The time seems to flown past. Why did I apply for the job? I am interested in “soft power” – the ability to achieve your objectives through attraction or by working with others, rather than coercion. The United Kingdom is quite good at this, but we would not claim that we have all the answers. The Holy See must also be one of the main proponents of soft power – Stalin was right that the Pope does not have any divisions. However they have...

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Pope to clergy, religious, seminarians: respond to God’s call in 3 ways

Pope to clergy, religious, seminarians: respond to God’s call in 3 ways Pope Francis today urged clergy, seminarians and religious to respond to the call of God, proclaim the Gospel and promote a culture of encounter in their lives and ministry. In his homily at Mass on Saturday at Rio de Janeiro’s Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, the Pope cited these three aspects of their vocation as essential to evangelization. The Holy Father is in Brazil for a week long visit to celebrate World Youth Day with young people from around the world.  Below, is the full text of his homily:   Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Seeing this Cathedral full of Bishops, priests, seminarians, and men and women religious from the whole world, I think of the Psalmist’s words from today’s Mass: “Let the peoples praise you, O...

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Christian bookshops get major boost from charity book scheme

A charity that helps churches give good Christian books to libraries in their community is now working through Christian bookshops, giving them a much-needed boost. Speaking Volumes, an initiative of The Christian Book Promotion Trust, will pay half the retail value of new books that a church or individual wants to give to any library where books are available to a wide readership. The new partnership with Christian bookshops means that bookshops benefit from increased sales as Speaking Volumes pledges to match-fund any order they take on behalf of the scheme. And it is already proving popular, with churches and shops alike. Paula Renouf, Director of Speaking Volume, says it’s a two-way relationship that benefits both parties. ‘Bookshops are in touch with churches and can encourage them to reach out to their community through our scheme,’ says Paula. ‘And,...

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Holy See Ambassador congratulates new Archbishop of Edinburgh

Holy See Ambassador congratulates new Archbishop of Edinburgh   Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See His Excellency Nigel Baker congratulated Monsignor Leo Cushley, on his appointment as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh.   Mr Baker said: This is an important and timely appointment of great significance for Scotland and the Scottish Catholic Church. The British Embassy to the Holy See enjoys an excellent relationship with the English language Section of the Secretariat of State of His Holiness, which Monsignor Cushley has led in recent years. I congratulate him on his appointment, wish him well in his new role, and look forward to working with him in the future....

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Monsignor Leo Cushley Archbishop-elect of St Andrews and Edinburgh

  Pope Francis nominates Monsignor Leo Cushley     Pope Francis nominates Monsignor Leo Cushley as 8th Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh Wednesday 24th July 2013 It is with great joy and gratitude that the priests and people of the Archdiocese received the news that Pope Francis has today nominated Monsignor Leo William Cushley as the 8th Archbishop and Metropolitan of St Andrews and Edinburgh. Commenting on the news, Bishop Stephen Robson, the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese, said ‘after months of prayer by the priests and people of the Archdiocese, we are so delighted to learn that God has given us Monsignor Cushley as our new chief pastor. We will now continue to be close to him in prayer in these coming months as he prepares for his ordination and to take on this great task which the...

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The Phenomenon of World Youth Day

The Phenomenon of World Youth Day Denver, Manila, Paris, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Sydney, Czestochowa, Toronto, Cologne, Rome, Santiago de Compostela. What unites all these cities is the experience of hosting World Youth Day (WYD, GMG, JMJ), one of the most spectacular global events in the Christian calendar. Inaugurated by Pope John Paul II in 1985, this sometimes biennial, sometimes triennial festival of young people has undoubtedly become one of the high points for the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. As many as two million young people joined Benedict XVI for Mass during searing heat and epic thunderstorms at the last event in August 2011. Now it’s the turn of Rio de Janeiro. Some would call it serendipity, others Providence, that the first WYD of the first Pope from the Americas had been planned for the continent’s largest Catholic...

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Danila Castelli : 69th cure of Lourdes recognized as miraculous by…

Danila Castelli : 69th cure of Lourdes recognized as miraculous by… Dr. A. de Franciscus, President of the Medical Bureau, Lourdes, France Danila Castelli, born on 16 January 1946, wife and family mother, has lived a more or less normal life until the age of 34 when she started having spontaneous and severe blood pressure hypertensive crisis. In 1982 some Rx and ultrasound tests detect a right para-uterine mass and a fibromatous uterus. Danila is operated for hysterectomy and annexectomy. In November 1982 she undergoes partial pancreatectomy. A scintigraphy the following year proves the existence of «pheochromocytoma » (a tumor that secretes high amounts of catecholamines) in the rectal, bladder and vaginal region. More surgical interventions follow in the attempt to stop the triggers to the crisis until 1988 but with no bettering at all. In May 1989, during a...

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Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Newly revised!

  Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Special Offer Three-Volume Set     SPECIAL OFFER: Buy all 3 print books for $73.95 a 25% savings! Offer expires July 31, 2013. Please use code: CMBVOFFER after clicking “Add to Cart” Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary 978-0-8146-3486-8 Volume I: Missal Hardcover, 304 pp., 8 1/2 x 10 7/8, $44.95 978-0-8146-2052-6 Volume II: Lectionary Hardcover, 212 pp., 8 1/2 x 10 7/8, $36.95 978-0-8146-3487-5 Two-volume set Hardcover, $69.95 net (Save 15%!) Preaching the Scriptures of the Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary 978-0-8146-3553-7 Paperback, 152 pp., 6 x 9, $16.95 978-0-8146-3578-0 eBook, $14.99 (eBook not included in 3 book offer)   Newly revised! Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary The Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary includes the Missal, revised to conform to The Roman Missal,...

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Colombian Priest Sells Mercedes Inspired by Pope Francis Message

Colombian Priest Sells Mercedes Inspired by Pope Francis Message: Rev. Hernando Fayid Heeds Pontiff Call To Humility BOGOTA, Colombia — It may be back to a bicycle for a Colombian priest who’s heeding Pope Francis’ call for austerity. The Rev. Hernando Fayid said he’s going to sell his white Mercedes Benz E200 convertible with a black top following the pope’s recent statement that it wounds his heart to see a priest in a luxurious car. Fayid told RCN television Tuesday evening that he got the car as a gift from his four brothers last year, but will still give it up and it won’t bother him. He said he’s ridden a burro, a horse, a bicycle and a bus, to say nothing of walking on foot around his town of Santa Marta. In his words, “I have no problem...

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