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Seal of confession must never be violated Vatican says

VATICAN (CNS): The need for the absolute secrecy of confession “comes directly from revealed divine law and has its roots in the very nature of the sacrament to the point that no exception whatsoever can be admitted in the ecclesial sphere and even less in the civil one,” a new Vatican document said. 
 
The “note of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the importance of the internal forum and the inviolability of the sacramental seal” was approved by Pope Francis on June 21 and published by the Vatican July 1.

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Vatican tells China clergy to follow their conscience

VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican has told bishops and priests in China that they must follow their own consciences in deciding whether to register with the government and it urged Catholics in the country not to judge them for the choices they make.
 
The Vatican said the problem is that registration almost always requires the bishop or priest to accept “the principle of independence, autonomy and self-administration of the Church in China,” which could be read as a denial of one’s bonds with the pope and the universal Church.

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Hong Kong delegates bring extradition fears to the Vatican

We were very honoured to be chosen as the representatives of the Diocese of Hong Kong for the International Youth Forum, the June 19 to 22 post-synod Youth  orum organised by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. The theme of the forum centred on Christus Vivit (Christ Lives), the post-synodal apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis to young people, published earlier this year. In the document, we young Catholics are encouraged awaken and take the lead in bringing about changes in the life of the Church.

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Yes to dialogue on sexuality no to ideology of gender

VATICAN (CNS): In a document, Male and Female He Created Them: Toward a Path of Dialogue on the Question of Gender Theory in Education, published on June 10, the Congregation for Catholic Education said that Catholic schools must help parents teach young people that biological sex and gender are naturally fixed at birth and part of God’s plan for creation. 
 

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Promote pastoral approach to human life cardinal says

VATICAN (CNS): “One of the greatest challenges to every mother is the thought that the child in the womb may be diagnosed with a grave illness,” Kevin Cardinal Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, said on May 23, opening the two-day Yes to Life: Caring for the Precious Gift of Life in its Frailness conference on protecting life.
 

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Equal dignity for men and women Vatican message for Vesakh says

The Vatican released a special message on the occasion of Vesakh, the observance of the birthday of the Buddha,
marked this year on May 19, signed by the head of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot,

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Message from the Vatican for Ramadan and 'Id al-Fitr

Christians and Muslims:
Promoting Universal Fraternity
 
Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, 
 

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Curia reforms emphasise laity and spirit of service

ROME (CNS): “The main point of the new apostolic constitution is that the Church’s mission is evangelisation. It puts it at the centre of the Church and of everything the Curia does,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India, told the Spanish Catholic weekly, Vida Nueva, in an interview published on April 27.
 

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Humanity’s ancestors and the evolving journey of prehumans

VATICAN (CNS): As a follow-up to a 2013 symposium on the origin and evolution of humans, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences held a workshop at the Vatican from April 12 to 13, to discuss the latest discoveries about humanity’s earliest ancestors, where they lived and what they may have looked like millions of years ago.
 








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New child protection law and guidelines for Vatican City State

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis established the new norms and legal, criminal and safeguarding procedures for Vatican City State and the Roman Curia with an apostolic letter given motu proprio (on his own initiative), published on March 29. The law and procedures were to go into effect June 1.
 

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