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Franciscan religious order in ‘grave’ financial crisis due to wrongdoing


The main Franciscan religious order in the Roman Catholic Church is in a financial crisis because of alleged wrongdoing from within and outside its ranks, the head of the order said.

Posted: December 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Singing nun gives pope CD with ‘Like a Virgin’

In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L' Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis greets Sister Cristina Scuccia as she presents him with her compact disk at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. After winning the Voice of Italy singing contest, the Ursuline nun launched her first album "Sister Cristina" last month, after a single also included in the album, with her version of Madonna's "Like a Virgin". (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

      VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has a new addition to his music collection, and it includes “Like a Virgin.”   Italy’s singing nun, Sister Cristina Scuccia, finally met Francis on Wednesday during his general audience. She presented him with a copy of her first CD, which features a remake of the Madonna […]

Posted: December 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope decries ‘material slavery’ as Christmas nears

Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino greets Pope Francis after he prayed in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary, on the occasion of the Immaculate Conception feast, in Rome, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Pope Francis has prayed that humanity be freed of "slavery" to material things as he visited Rome's swank shopping area near the Spanish Steps. Shoppers crowded into the square Monday to see Francis keep an annual appointment that marks both the Dec. 8 Catholic feast day honoring the Virgin Mary and the traditional start of the city's holiday shopping season. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis is praying that humanity be free of any “slavery” to material things as he visited Rome’s swank shopping area near the Spanish Steps.

Posted: December 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘Stampita’ brings saints back to kids


Colorfully illustrated stampita (prayer cards) are the latest addition to local efforts to make All Saints’ Day in Angeles City more of a Catholic holy day.

Posted: October 29th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Bohol quake: Remembering, healing at 8:12 a.m. Wednesday


  CEBU—At exactly 8:12 a.m. on Wednesday, at least a thousand Catholic devotees stood in silence for about a minute in the middle of the Mass at the pilgrim center of the Basilica Minore de Sto. Niño in downtown Cebu City.   They then lit candles and offered prayers for the 223 people who died […]

Posted: October 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »