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Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy is winding down

The Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis will end in a Mass on 20 NOV 2016 when Francis will elevate a number of men who he has approved to become cardinals. During this past year, Francis has taken one Friday each month to meet with a specific group of people in a jubilee celebration. Yesterday he met with over 6 thousand homeless folks at the Vatican in Paul VI Hall and asked them to forgive him.

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RC Priest apologizes for hoverboard use during Christmas Eve Mass

In lighter news, a Roman Catholic Priest has issued an apology for riding a hoverboard during a Christmas Eve Mass. Father Albert San Jose was applauded by his parishioners, but suspended by the Diocese of San Pablo, in the Philippines, on the basis of disrespecting the sacrament.


NPR has the whole story on their blog, the two-way. Have you seen goofier services? Do you think the Priest showed disrespect to

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Why is the Catholic Church spread so thin in America?

In his address to American Bishops, Pope Francis recommended that they focus on their work as pastors, spending individual, close, time with their congregants. The statistics blog FiveThirtyEight analysed this statement in conjunction with 50 years of data collected by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.

FiveThirtyEight found that there is only one priest per every 2,600 parishioners, and 20% of parishes don’t have a priest at all. This is the result of a long trend dating […]

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Pope Francis calls for the promotion of women in the RC Church

Women at the Vatican: Photo CNS/Paul Haring

Acknowledging that women can be leaders in the Roman Curia, Pope Francis said it wasn’t enough to “recover” their role in the church, calling for the promotion of women.

Catholic News Stories published his remarks, along with some additional context, and an interesting passage where the Pope articulates differences between spiritual directors and confessors.

From the article:

It’s not easy,” the pope said. “A spiritual director is one thing and a confessor is another. I go to […]

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Guess who’s coming to dinner?

The Most Revd Antje Jackelén is the first female primate of the Church of Sweden and the first female archbishop welcomed to the Vatican for an official audience with a pope.

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Vatican ends takeover of U.S. nuns

A report noting the end of the Vatican’s years-long takeover described a collaborative relationship and conversations “marked by a spirit of prayer, love for the church, mutual respect, and cooperation.”

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