Monthly Archives: December 2019

Pauline sisters sing their 25th annual ‘He is Born’ Christmas concert

As the lights slowly turn on, reflecting off glittery scarves and microphones, nine Catholic sisters, known as the Daughters of St. Paul Choir, begin singing. 

“Come on, Jesus, and rescue me,” the sisters sing, “Jesus-ifying” the hit rhythm and blues song, “Rescue Me,” written and originally performed by Fontella Bass and popularized by Aretha Franklin.

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Salesians. Rector Major: Intervention at the conclusion of the VIII International Congress of Mary Help of Christians

I’d like to start with a Hail Mary. We are here in the house of the Mother, living an authentic Marian pilgrimage and, as a sign of how much we love her Son and how much we love God, together we say: “Hail Mary”. They asked me to conclude these days. I would like to offer you a summary of what I think should be considered in our Marian journey as a Salesian Family. I would like to do it in a simple way and touching on aspects of our daily life. Continue reading

The Pope abolishes the pontifical secret in cases of sexual abuse

Two documents are destined to make a lasting mark: Pope Francis has abolished the pontifical secret in the case of sexual violence and the abuse of minors committed by members of the clergy. He has also decided to change the norm regarding the crime of child pornography by making the possession and dissemination of pornographic images of children under the age of 18 which fall under the category of delicta graviora – the most grave delicts. Continue reading

Claretians: Meeting of the General Government with the Governments of the Organisms of America (MICLA)

After 19 years, we once again met with the General Government and with the Governments that make up the Organisms of America (MICLA), this time at the Villa Claret Retreat Center in Medellín, Colombia with the objective of discerning together the challenges of our missionary life and our responses in America after the canonical visits to the continent and the directives of the 25th General Chapter. 

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Pope Cites Aspects and Attitudes of a Seminary

What is a seminary? Pope Francis gave his answer on December 9, 2019: “It is a house of prayer, a house of study, a house of communion.”

The Holy Father’s remarks came when he received in audience the Community of the Pontifical Benedict XV Flaminian Regional Seminary of Bologna, on the occasion of the centenary of its founding. Continue reading