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Vatican Unveils New Lighting and AC System for Sistine Chapel
Following an exponential rise in the number of visitors to the Sistine Chapel over the past 20 years, the Vatican has unveiled a state-of-the art illumination and air conditioning system designed to preserve Michelangelo’s famous frescos. On Wednesday, the Vatican Museums introduced the 3 million euro project whi...

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Pope Francis to Ecumenical Group: Don't Wait for Theologians
Pope Francis is telling those committed to Christian unity that they should pray and work together now, and not wait for theologians to reach agreement.  Vatican Radio reported that the Pope said this during an Oct. 10 private meeting with the Ark Community, which was founded by his late friend, Tony Palmer. Pa...

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Pope's Address to Old Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Union of Utrecht
At 11:45 this morning, the Holy Father received in audience a delegation of the Old Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Union of Utrecht. The Union of Utrecht is a federation of Old Catholic churches, not in communion with Rome, that seceded from the Catholic Church over the issue of Papal infallibility.  Here ...

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All Saints and All Souls Day: A Time of Mercy, Forgiveness and Reflection (Part I)
During this time of the year, the dead are often associated with spooky ghosts and scary poltergeists. The Catholic Church instead celebrates the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, a time to reflect on those who have passed from this life to eternal life in Christ. But what is the importance surrounding these tw...

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Statement of the Holy See to the UN in New York at the General Debate of the UNGA First Committee
Here below the Statement by H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations at the General Debate of the UNGA First Committee (New York, 14 October 2014): *** Mr. Chairman, As this is the first time that I address this Committee, allow me to assure y...

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Pope's Morning Homily: Christian Life Is a Continuous Battle Against the Devil
“Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the Devil.” These words from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians were at the center of Pope Francis’ homily today at Casa Santa Marta. The Holy Father described Christian life as a “continuous battle” against three enemies: the d...

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Benedict XVI Welcomes News of Growth of UK Ordinariate
Benedict XVI is welcoming the progress of the ordinariates he established in 2009 for Anglicans seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. According to a report in the UK Catholic Herald, the Pope Emeritus has affirmed his gladness at the growth of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. His c...

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Not Religious, But Pro-Life
With the Catechism's clear defense of human life from the moment of conception, the Catholic Church is one of the most vocal advocates for an end to elective abortion. It's natural that many Catholics, then, are leaders in the pro-life movement. But Catholics and other Christians are hardly the only pro-lifers, a...

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Pope Asks Exorcists to Manifest Church's Love for Those Persecuted by Devil
Pope Francis is asking exorcists to manifest the love of the Church for those “suffering due to the work of the Evil One.” The Pope said this in a message to Father Francesco Bamonte, the director of the International Association of Exorcists (AIE). About 300 exorcists attended a course last weekend in Rome. E...

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Synod14: Official English Translation of Synod's Final Document
Here is the Vatican translation of the final document of the synod of bishops on the family.  To see the tally of synod fathers' votes on each paragraph, see the original link here. * * * Synod14 - "Relatio Synodi" of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: “Pastoral Challenges to the...

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