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Pope Averts Schism in Germany: Full Text of Vatican Letter

The Synodal Council, already banned by the Pope in January 2023, had the mission of constituting itself as a consultative and decision-making body capable of making decisions above the dioceses and thus supplanting the personal authority of each bishop in the entrusted territory. The letter of three cardinals on behalf of the Pope managed to stop what would have been a de facto schism or at least a serious act of disobedience.

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Study Shows Americans Are More Spiritual But Less Religious

The survey showed all older groups with a greater advance in spiritual values. However, those older than 65 grew in their spiritual life -- 45% --, and only 8% said it had diminished. In regard to those younger than 30, a third have become more spiritual and a fifth less so.

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Kidnappings (not only of priests and nuns) in Nigeria are out of control: solidarity of the Dicastery for Evangelization

For years, Nigeria has been grappling with the scourge of kidnapping, which target not only priests and religious, but also foreigners, businessmen, politicians, government officials, diplomats, traditional rulers, as well as ordinary citizens, including students and school children, who are frequent victims of mass kidnappings.

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Holy Land: Christian crisis goes from bad to worse, discriminated against for wearing a cross in Jerusalem

Pressure is growing amid a financial catastrophe and deepening religious hatred. Many Christians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem face economic ruin, with a record unemployment rate of 72%.

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First Auditor General of the Vatican Appeals Ruling of the Vatican Court

In Vatican law and Italian law, the prosecution and defense can appeal verdicts, and second appeals are allowed.

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Lent pro-life volunteers alarmed as Germany considers UK-style censorship zones to criminalise help and prayer near abortion organisations

New draft law would introduce censorship zones in Germany for behaviour that could be perceived as “confusing” or “disturbing” - potentially including prayer. Asked about the frequency of “harassment” incidents at abortion facilities that would justify the introduction of censorship zones, the government admitted: "The federal government does not have any concrete numerical findings." German lawyer Dr. Felix Böllmann: “The German government wants to ban something, but doesn’t know what or why”.

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Pope Francis explains the “wild beasts” that prey on the soul in Lent

Allocution on the occasion of the recitation of the Angelus on Sunday, February 18, 2024

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“The climate of prayer must not be lost in the temples”: Pope Francis to the Sagrada Familia’s construction board in Barcelona

The Pope emphasized the importance of the architecture of the Sagrada Familia and has asked that "the atmosphere of prayer not be lost in the temples."

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Pope establishes study groups between dicasteries and Synod Secretariat to study issues raised in first part of synod on synodality

The Pontiff established that "the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia collaborate, "according to their respective specific competencies, in the activity of the General Secretariat of the Synod," by forming study groups that will initiate, with a synodal method, the in-depth study of some of the themes that emerged from the First Session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

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