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Pope Francis: St. Pius X was a Pope near to people who suffer

Pope Francis pens the preface for a new book by Fr. Lucio Bonora on Pope St. Pius X, and praises the early 20th century Pope for the depth of his catechesis and opposition to World War I.

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St. Anicetus: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Anicetus was a Syrian from Emesa. He became pope about 155 and actively opposed Marcionism and Gnosticism. His pontificate saw the appearance of the controversy between East and West over the date of Easter. St. Polycarp, a disciple of John, is reported to have visited him in Rome about the dispute, which was to accelerate and grow more heated over the following centuries.

Pope Francis appeals for release of prisoners of war

Pope Francis turns his attention to prisoners of war, prays for their freedom and denounces the tortures many of them are subjected to.

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Pope at Audience: Temperance won't rob our joy, but will fill us with happiness

During his Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis focuses on the fourth and final cardinal virtue of temperance, saying that our ability to have power over ourselves will help us savour all we have in life, in a much more meaningful and joyful way, akin to sipping a glass of wine, rather than drinking it all at once.

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Pope Francis mourns Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Sáenz of Bogotà

Pope Francis remembers the 'self-sacrificing' pastor of the late Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Sáenz, Archbishop Emeritus of Bogotà, Colombia, who passed away at age 91 on Monday.

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"Conversations in the Spirit” to help women strengthen their role in the Church

Mónica Santamarina, president of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) speaks with Vatican News about the upcoming online eventorganised in preparation of the second part of the Synod on Synodality

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CAFOD welcomes pledges to help Sudan and surrounding countries

The aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, CAFOD, welcomes EU pledges to support relief efforts in war-torn Sudan and neighbouring countries, but urges much more is needed to save millions at risk of famine due to the crisis caused by the civil war.

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Greater public awareness needed to stem child slavery

Christoph Lehermayr of "Missio Austria" says consumers’ awareness and behaviour in developed countries are the first steps in fighting the scourge of child slavery and labour that affects millions of children across the world. In an interview with Vatican News marking the International Day Against Child Slavery, Lehermayr speaks of the work carried out by Church organizations to free children from bonded labour.

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The C9 continues to meet in the Vatican

The April session of the Council of Cardinals began on Monday in the presence of Pope Francis. The last one was in February and saw the participation of three women who offered the cardinals and the Pontiff a contribution on the theme of the role of women in the Church.

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Pope, Council of Cardinals continue discussion of women in the church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals continued their discussions about the role of women in the church, listening to women experts, including a professor who spoke about how culture impacts women's roles and status.

The pope and the nine-member Council of Cardinals invited women, including an Anglican bishop, to make presentations at their meetings in December and in February as well.

The council met April 15-16 in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the pope's residence, the Vatican press office said.

On the first day, Sister Regina da Costa Pedro, a member of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate and director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Brazil, shared "concrete stories and the thoughts of some Brazilian women," the press office said.

Stella Morra, a professor of theology at Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University, "examined the role cultures have in the recognition of the role of women in different parts of the world," the press office said.

A priest and two women made presentations at the council's December meeting and published their papers in Italian in a book with a foreword by Pope Francis, "Smaschilizzare La Chiesa?" ("De-masculinize the Church?).

During the preparation for the synod on synodality and during its first assembly in October, the pope wrote in the foreword, "We realized that we have not listened enough to the voice of women in the church and that the church still has a lot to learn."

"It is necessary to listen to each other to 'de-masculinize' the church because the church is a communion of men and women who share the same faith and the same baptismal dignity," he wrote.

February meeting of Pope Francis and Council of Cardinals
Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals continue their discussion of women's role in the church at the Vatican in this file photo from Feb. 5, 2024. Bishop Jo Bailey Wells, deputy secretary-general of the Anglican Communion, left, Salesian Sister Linda Pocher and Giuliva Di Berardino, a consecrated virgin from the Diocese of Verona, Italy, are the women who addressed the group. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

At the February meeting, the pope and cardinals heard from: Bishop Jo Bailey Wells, deputy secretary-general of the Anglican Communion; Salesian Sister Linda Pocher, a professor of Christology and Mariology at Rome's Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences "Auxilium"; and Giuliva Di Berardino, a consecrated virgin and liturgist from the Diocese of Verona, Italy.

Bishop Bailey Wells said she was invited to "describe the Anglican journey in regard to the ordination of women, both in the Church of England and across the (Anglican) Communion."

At the April meeting, the Vatican said, the second day began with a report about the ongoing Synod of Bishops on synodality by Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, and Msgr. Piero Coda, secretary general of the International Theological Commission.

The meeting concluded "with reports from each cardinal on the social, political and ecclesial situation in his home region," the press office said.

"Throughout the session there were references -- and on several occasions prayer -- dedicated to the scenarios of war and conflict being experienced in so many places around the world, particularly in the Middle East and in Ukraine," the statement said.

"The cardinals -- and with them the pope -- expressed concern about what is taking place and their hope for an increase in efforts to identify paths of negotiation and peace," it said.

The council will meet again in June.

The members of the council are: Cardinals Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state; Seán P. O'Malley of Boston; Sérgio da Rocha of São Salvador da Bahia, Brazil; Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India; Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, president of the commission governing Vatican City State; Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg; Gérald C. Lacroix of Québec; Juan José Omella Omella of Barcelona; and Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa, Congo. Bishop Marco Mellino serves as the council's secretary.