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Filipino Prelates Say They’re Not Surprised by ‘Anti-Family, Anti-Life Measures’

Posted on Dec 23 , 2012 in News from Vatican

Filipino Prelates Say They’re Not Surprised by ‘Anti-Family, Anti-Life Measures’

Bishops' Conference Says Current Administration Is on Warpath Against Traditional Values, Families

MANILA, DEC. 20, 2012 –  Now that the allies of the administration of Filipino President Benigno Aquino III in Congress are pushing for divorce law, Catholic Church officials are saying the government is "destroying traditional values and families."

When House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte stated that they will next push the legalization of divorce, officials of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said they are upset, but not entirely surprised.

Even before the hotly contested Reproductive Health (RH) bill was passed, they knew that divorce and other "anti-family and anti-life" measures will be pushed in the country.

They call it as the "D.E.A.T.H." bills because "they ultimately lead to the promotion of 'Divorce, Euthanasia, Total Reproductive Health, and Homosexuality (same sex marriage)."

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Pope passes 2 million Twitter followers

Posted on Dec 17 , 2012 in News from Vatican

Pope passes 2 million Twitter followers

(Vatican Radio) Five days have passed since Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first Tweet in eight languages and according to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, his @Pontifex handle has surpassed two million subscribers.

President of the Council, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli told Vatican Radio the Pope is tweeting because that’s what people are doing today and he wants to be present in the latest platforms of communication to share with them “words of truth.”

That means adapting his messages to fit into Twitter’s 140 character format. But the key, Archbishop Celli notes, “is not so much the number of characters available but the depth of the words he uses.”

The Archbishop says we could all stand to re-learn how to communicate using words “that always have a profound significance for others.”

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Pope Benedict XVI Advent 2012 Address

Posted on Dec 05 , 2012 in News from Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI Advent 2012 Address

( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave Sunday before and after praying the midday Angelus in St. Peter's Square. )

Dear brothers and sisters!

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ANGELUS: THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, A WORK IN PROGRESS

Posted on Jul 23 , 2012 in News from Vatican

ANGELUS: THE CHURCH OF CHRIST, A WORK IN PROGRESS

(Vatican Radio) – Pilgrims sang and clapped as they waited patiently in the enclosed courtyard of the Apostolic palace in Castel Gandolfo for their midday appointment with Pope Benedict XVI Sunday for the recitation of the midday Angelus prayer. The Pope, fresh from celebrating Mass in the nearby town of Frascati, arrived slightly later than usual and was greeted by resounding applause. Emer McCarthy Reports:

As has become tradition during his summer period of rest, Pope Benedict’s reflections began with his recalling the liturgical memory of the saint of the day, Doctor of the Church, Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, whose life and theology was totally Christ centered.

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Pope Calls for Catholic unity and new evangelization

Posted on May 27 , 2012 in News from Vatican

Pope Calls for Catholic unity and new evangelization

The “Catholic unity” as “an essential condition for the fulfilmentof the Church’s mission” was reiterated by the Pope on Friday morning, 18 May, in his Discourse to the last group of Bishops from the United State – regions XIV and XV – on their visit ad limina Apostolorum.

The Pontiff said he was particularly pleased at the presence of bishops  of the Eastern Churches of the United States, since – he explained to them – “you and your faithful embody in a unique way the ethnic, cultural and spiritual richness of the American Catholic community, past and present”. In fact, he recalled, “the Church in America has struggled to recognize and incorporate this diversity, and has succeeded, not without difficulty, in forging a communion in Christ and in the apostolic faith which mirrors the catholicity which is an indefectible mark of the Church”. Benedict XVI then spoke the importance of preserving, fostering and advancing this gift of Catholic unity as an essential condition for the fulfillment of the Church’s mission in the United States, confronting two specific points: that of immigration and that of  consecrated women.