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Thursday, May 5, 2016
  • Vatican magazine gives attention to unheard women, official says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A new Vatican magazine will give attention to women's voices, something that often has been missing in the church despite women's important role in announcing the Gospel, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

    "If we do not listen attentively to the voice of women in ...

    Women look at a new monthly women's insert called "Women-Church-World" in the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper.
  • Pope promises wine, not beer, to fulfill military challenge

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis receives countless gifts, but most do not require anything in return. However, at his audience with members of the military April 30, the pope received a small gift with a tradition -- and obligation -- attached.

    Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer ...

    Pope Francis accepts a military coin from Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services.
  • St. Katharine Drexel Shrine put up for sale

    PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the congregation founded by St. Katharine Drexel, announced that it will sell its historic motherhouse in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. The 44-acre property also contains the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel and her tomb.

    At a future date, St. ...

    The National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel and the motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in Bensalem, Pa., will be sold.
  • Father Daniel Berrigan, advocate for justice and peace dies at 94

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan, an early critic of U.S. military intervention in Vietnam who for years challenged the country's reliance on military might, died April 30. He was 94.

    The author of several books of poetry and one of the first Catholic priests ...

    Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan, seen in this undated photo, died April 30 at age 94.
  • Reconciliation with God, others is key to peace, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- For peace in the family, community and nation, people need to recognize their faults and ask forgiveness, Pope Francis told thousands of pilgrims, including hundreds of soldiers, sailors and police officers from around the world.

    "In your families, in the various areas where ...

    Pope Francis leads a special audience in prayer for military members and their families in St. Peter's Square.
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Hilary of Arles: It’s been said that youth is wasted on the young. In some ways, that was true for today’s saint. 
<p>Born in France in the early fifth century, Hilary came from an aristocratic family. In the course of his education he encountered his relative, Honoratus, who encouraged the young man to join him in the monastic life. Hilary did so. He continued to follow in the footsteps of Honoratus as bishop. Hilary was only 29 when he was chosen bishop of Arles. </p><p>The new, youthful bishop undertook the role with confidence. He did manual labor to earn money for the poor. He sold sacred vessels to ransom captives. He became a magnificent orator. He traveled everywhere on foot, always wearing simple clothing. </p><p>That was the bright side. Hilary encountered difficulty in his relationships with other bishops over whom he had some jurisdiction. He unilaterally deposed one bishop. He selected another bishop to replace one who was very ill–but, to complicate matters, did not die! Pope St. Leo the Great kept Hilary a bishop but stripped him of some of his powers. </p><p>Hilary died at 49. He was a man of talent and piety who, in due time, had learned how to be a bishop.</p> American Catholic Blog True freedom lies in the ability to align one’s actions freely with the truth, so as to achieve authentic human happiness both now and in the life to come. Jesus promised, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31–32).

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