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Runaway slave-turned-priest moves closer to sainthood

Runaway slave-turned-priest moves closer to sainthood Chicago, Ill. (CNA/EWTN News) - The first African American priest in the U.S. could become the country’s first African American saint as his cause for canonization has taken another step forward.   A document summarizing the life, virtue, and alleged miracles of Servant of God Father Aug...
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Reborn in baptism, Christians are called to live like Christ, pope says

Reborn in baptism, Christians are called to live like Christ, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The baptismal font is a tomb in which a person dies to sin, and it is a womb through which a person is born to new life in Christ, Pope Francis said.    "Just as our parents generated us to earthly life, the church has regenerated us to eternal life through bapt...
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Friday, May 11, 2018

Be inspired by Mary, Christ's first lay disciple, pope tells laypeople

Be inspired by Mary, Christ's first lay disciple, pope tells laypeople VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- During a quick morning visit to Tuscany, Pope Francis praised two lay communities there that are dedicated to living out the Gospel values of reciprocal love and cooperation.    Meeting families and children who live a communal way of life in Nomadelfia, near Gr...
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Pope: Heaven is an encounter with Jesus, not a boring waiting room

Pope: Heaven is an encounter with Jesus, not a boring waiting room VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Heaven is not an eternally dull existence but rather the completion of a journey toward a promised encounter with the Lord, Pope Francis said.     Although Christians may know full well that their goal is to go to heaven, "we begin to slip" when asked, "What is...
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Friday, April 27, 2018

Pope leads prayers for inter-Korean summit

Pope leads prayers for inter-Korean summit VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter's Square in prayers for the success of the inter-Korean summit, scheduled for April 27.    South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, are scheduled to meet in Panmunjom, a village i...
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Friday, April 27, 2018

Voters organize around local concerns as 2018 election approaches

Voters organize around local concerns as 2018 election approaches WASHINGTON (CNS) -- With widespread interest in this fall's congressional and state legislative elections, local congregations and grass-roots organizations are moving beyond traditional voter registration campaigns to engage voters in the electoral process.    The efforts are geared...
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Friday, April 27, 2018

St. Grandma? Pope cites the famous and the 'saint next door'

St. Grandma? Pope cites the famous and the 'saint next door' VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Naturally in a document on the Christian call to holiness, Pope Francis cited a heavenly host of saints – including some whose sainthood causes are ongoing and some who probably will never be canonized.           ...
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

With new document, pope shows holiness is for everyone, speakers say

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' new document, "Gaudete et Exsultate," shows that holiness is not an impossible task nor is it something to be pursued far removed from today's world, said the papal vicar for the Diocese of Rome.    "The pope wants to tell us that holiness is not s...
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Pope blesses statue of 10th-century Armenian saint in Vatican Gardens

Pope blesses statue of 10th-century Armenian saint in Vatican Gardens VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- During a brief ceremony in the Vatican Gardens, Pope Francis blessed a new statue of a 10th-century Armenian monk he had declared a "doctor of the church" in 2015.    Blessing the bronze statue of St. Gregory of Narek April 5 capped off a series of morning meeti...
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Friday, April 06, 2018

Encore: Prelate calls for renewed focus on Rev. King's call to nonviolence

Encore: Prelate calls for renewed focus on Rev. King's call to nonviolence BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The upcoming 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. prompted Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori to write a pastoral letter on the civil rights leader's principles of nonviolence.    The new document comes almost three years after...
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Friday, April 06, 2018