Vatican Sets Feast Day for Blessed John Paul
VATICAN CITY—October 22nd has been chosen by the Vatican as the Feast Day of Blessed John Paul II.
The Feast will be celebrated each year in Rome and in the dioceses of Poland, home country of late Pope John Paul II.
The Vatican also announced that Catholics throughout the world will have a year to celebrate a Mass in thanksgiving for John Paul’s beatification. Usually thanksgiving Masses for a beatification -- like the observance of a feast day -- are limited to places where the person lived or worked.
Oct. 22nd is the anniversary of the liturgical inauguration of John Paul’s papacy in 1978.
National Director of Pontifical Mission Societies Appointed
WASHINGTON—Oblate Father Andrew Small has been appointed national director for the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States.
Father Small, 42, currently serves as the director of the U.S. bishops' Office for the Church in Latin America.
He will serve a five-year term with the Pontifical Mission Societies. Archbishop Fulton Sheen once served in the same office.
‘You Can't Be a Catholic and Be in Favor of Abortion’
NOTRE DAME—Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was emphatic about the US Bishops’ unity on fighting abortion. He gave a keynote address for the University of Notre Dame Right to Life Club.
Archbishop Chaput stated that "There is unity among the bishops about abortion always being wrong, and that you can't be a Catholic and be in favor of abortion.”
Archbishop Chaput was also critical about the how well bishops are defending life “There is inability among the bishops together to speak clearly about abortion, and even to say that if you're Catholic and you're pro-choice, you can't receive holy Communion," added the Archbishop.
He also spoke about politics, emphasizing that Catholic politician has to hold the church's position on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.
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