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Catholic Midwives’ Abortion Ruling Overturned by Supreme Court
Last edited 17th December 2014

The UK’s supreme court has ruled that two Catholic midwives do not have the right to refuse to help other nurses with abortion procedures or planning.

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Only a Repentant Heart will Receive Salvation, Pope Francis Says
Last edited 16th December 2014

Pope Francis touched on the importance of being humble and open to the Lord's correction, encouraging the faithful to offer him their sins to God in order to be saved.

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Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent
Last edited 14th December 2014

This Sunday is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday based on the Introit for the day: Gaudete in Domino semper, iterum dico, Gaudete (from Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice). This theme is developed most fully in today’s readings in 1 Thessalonians 5:16ff. It, too, begins with the salutation and imperative, “rejoice always!”

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Pope Francis: Evangelise Europe’s Youth
Last edited 14th December 2014

Pope Francis called upon participants in the 4th European Congress on Youth Pastoral Ministry “not to ever tire of proclaiming the Gospel, with your life and word.”

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2015 World Day of Peace Message: “No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters”
Last edited 11th December 2014

Pope Francis has released his Message for the 2015 World Day of Peace, which will take place on 1 January 2015, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The theme for the 48th Message for Peace is “No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters.” The full text is below.

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The New Year You Forgot About
Last edited 9th December 2014

Advent is a great time to reflect on our spiritual journey of the last year and resolve to grow in the coming one… like a spiritual New Year’s resolution! This season provides us with an opportunity to seek and commit to new ways of loving Jesus better in the coming year.


Citing Required Same-Sex Placements, Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland Withdraw from Adoption Agency
Last edited 4th December 2014

The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland have announced that they are severing their ties to the Family Care Society, because of the new legal requirement that the agency must place children with same-sex couples.


Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Sale Appointed
Last edited 4th December 2014

His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Very Reverend Father Patrick Michael O’Regan asthe ninth Bishop of Sale on 4 December 2014.

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Indulgences for the Year of Consecrated Life
Last edited 3rd December 2014

The Holy Father, on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life, will concede plenary indulgences, with the customary conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) to all members of the institutes of consecrated life and other truly repentant faithful moved by a spirit of charity, starting from the first Sunday of Advent this year until 2 February 2016, the day of the closure of the Year of Consecrated Life. The indulgence may also be offered for departed souls in Purgatory.

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Pope: Don't Be Depressed - Despite Our Ugly Reality, We Have Hope
Last edited 27th November 2014

In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis said that although sin and corruption often seem to win out over good, Jesus gives us a promise of hope which enables us to keep “our heads held high.”

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