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UN concerned about the absence of conducive environment for South Sudan’s Dec. 2024 elections.

As South Sudan prepares for its first-ever national elections in December 2024, significant con¬cerns exist.

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New Initiative Strives to Explain the Perennial Question: “What is Love?”

WASHINGTON – “Conversations about love, marriage, sexuality, family, and the human person can be confusing and polarizing”, said Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester. “This is why I am pleased to announce the launch of Love Means More to help bring clarity and compassion to those questions.”

As the month of February brings cultural attention to Valentine’s Day and with it, conflicting notions of love, Bishop Barron noted that “cultural narratives tell us love is mostly about feeling good. True love is deeper than that, calling us to follow Christ’s example of sacrificial love so we can live in union with Him forever.”

The Love Means More initiative is an ongoing campaign, based around a new website that takes a deep dive into the meanings of love. It is a versatile resource for Catholic catechists, as well as “seekers” from any religious background, but also welcomes those who profess no religious background at all. Bishop Barron is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, which is spearheading the initiative.

Love Means More renews the effort begun by Marriage: Unique for a Reason to promote and defend what Christ has revealed about marriage and family, but also addresses a broader range of topics in the area of human sexuality, organized around the central question, “What is love?” This approach enables learners to see how some difficult discussions can actually be the result of hidden assumptions about more basic questions, such as:

Is love only how someone makes you feel?
Does love mean ‘to will the good’ of the other?
Is unity necessarily the goal of all love?

The Love Means More initiative is the result of wide consultation with bishops, pastors, educators, medical and mental health professionals, and lay Catholic leaders involved with family life ministry. The initiative has also heard, and seeks to address, questions and concerns received from people who are uncomfortable with some Church teachings. These include those who uphold the possibility of divorce and remarriage, LGBT-identifying individuals, and those who defend pornography. As content continues to be added post-launch, this initiative will be a valuable resource for engaging in cultural conversation about love.

The website for Love Means More may be accessed at: https://lovemeansmore.org/

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Athletica Vaticana and the inclusive power of sport

The US Special Advisor on Disability, Sara Minkara, meets with the Vatican Athletics team to discuss disability, inclusion, and the power of sport to transform lives.

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Doctrine of Faith reviews Rupnik case documentation as investigation continues

The Holy See Press Office offers an update on the ongoing investigation by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith into allegations against Fr. Marko Rupnik, the former Jesuit whom several religious sisters have accused of psychological and sexual abuse.

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Nigeria: Pray daily with your episcopal motto, says Bishop Uzoukwu.

The Catholic Bishop of Minna Diocese, Martin Igwemezie Uzoukwu, has admonished his fellow Bishops to pay attention to their episcopal motto as a special reference point of prayer.

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Caritas Münster stands up for democracy

In the face of an increase of supporters of Germany’s populist extreme-right AfD party, the local branch of the Catholic Church’s humanitarian organization Caritas launches a social media campaign calling on citizens to #StandUp for democracy and shared values.

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Fr. Romanelli: Christians in Gaza living a 'Way of the Cross'

The parish priest of the Holy Family Parish in Gaza City, Fr. Gabriel Romanelli, says the situation of the some 600 Christians sheltering in the only Catholic church in the Gaza Strip is worsening as Israeli forces intensify raids ahead of their planned ground invasion of Rafah.

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St. Severian: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Bishop and martyr. The bishop of Scythopolis in Galilee. He attended the Council of Chalcedon (451) and took part in the complete triumph of the orthodox Christian cause against the heretics of the era. On his return home he was assassinated by a group of heretics at the command of Emperor Theodosius II.

Vatican Museums, Pontifical Villas to commemorate International Women's Day

Ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March, the Vatican Museums and the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo announce plans to celebrate women who have greatly impacted history, society, and art, and those who have left their mark at Castel Gandolfo's Pontifical Villas during the Second World War.

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Dicastery for Evangelization offers resource for Year of Prayer

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization releases “Teach Us To Pray", a guide book on prayer for Christians, as the Church prepares to celebrate the 2025 Jubilee.

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