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Fr Lombardi: conversations should be seen in the context of the Pope's "personal pastoral relationships"
Vatican City (Vatican Radio)- The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr Federico Lombardi, has responded to widespread media reports about an Argentinian woman who says that Pope Francis called to tell her she could take Communion, even though her husband is divorced and they have not been married in church. News stories earlier this week ran conflicting reports about the woman, Jacquelina Lisbona, who had written to the Pope several months ago after being denied Communion by her parish priest. According to the reports, Fr Bergoglio, as he called himself, picked up the phone to respond to her…
Portraying saint a chance to share message of God's mercy, says actress
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (CNS) -- Besides the challenge of portraying St. Faustina, actress Maria Vargo said she also was drawn to the role by the opportunity to share "the message of God's mercy for every soul." "I have had a devotion to Divine Mercy and have been praying the chaplet of Divine Mercy for a long time," Vargo explained. "I have experienced and continue to experience God's mercy personally and I understand the great gift that it is." Vargo travels the country portraying St. Faustina in a multimedia drama, "Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy." The saint had a special devotion…
'42,' 'Gimme Shelter,' tales of martyred priests win Christopher Awards
NEW YORK (CNS) -- The feature films "42" and "Gimme Shelter" were two of the top winners of this year's Christopher Awards, as were one television documentary and one book about martyred priests from the United States and Poland. The winners were announced April 2 in New York. A ceremony to honor the winners is scheduled for May 15, also in New York. "42," which told of Jackie Robinson's breaking of baseball's racial barriers, was one of four movies honored in the category of feature films. Another winner based on true-life events, "Gimme Shelter," told the story of a woman's…
Nigeria. Archbishop Obinna: Leadership failures causes of Africa's crisis
Owerri, Nigeria ( -The crisis ravaging several countries of the African continent have been attributed to leadership failures and described as a challenge that could be addressed through the communication of personal encounter which promotes life, truth and love. This assertion was made by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Most Rev. Anthony J. V. Obinna in his homily at the opening Mass to declare the first plenary meeting of diocesan directors of Communication for the year 2014; held at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, Imo State, recently. Elaborating on the Africa-Africa Encounter, Archbishop Obinna noted that though the opening-up…
Noah: new film on the Great Flood challenges viewers
Vatican City (Vatican Radio) - Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic, Noah, opens in theatres across the United States on Friday. The film critic and founder of the Decent Films Guide (, Steven D. Greydanus, offered an appraisal of the film for the National Catholic Register ( “Noah,” he writes there, “pays its source material a rare compliment: It takes Genesis seriously as a landmark of world literature and ancient moral reflection, and a worthy source of artistic inspiration in our day.” Listen to Steven D. Greydanus’s extended conversation with Chris Altieri: That the film is visually stunning is evident even from…
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