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Pope: Christians leading double lives destroy through scandal

Pope: Christians leading double lives destroy through scandal VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- People who pretend to be Christians publicly, but follow their own selfish passions privately, destroy themselves and cause scandal to those around them, Pope Francis.     Jesus is severe with those who "lead double lives," because they cause others to see Chris...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Greed, selfishness corrupt beauty of God's creation, pope says

Greed, selfishness corrupt beauty of God's creation, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Humanity's greed and selfishness can turn creation into a sad and desolate world instead of the sign of God's love that it was meant to be, Pope Francis said.      Human beings are often tempted to view creation as "a possession we can exploit as we please...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Unusual detentions, raids raise questions as Trump announces 'crackdown'

Unusual detentions, raids raise questions as Trump announces 'crackdown' WASHINGTON (CNS) -- People had been on edge for a while. You could feel the tension rise in immigrant neighborhoods in the U.S. as news of the first immigration raids under the Trump administration began in early February.     Then news of unusual detentions, some involving battered...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Special Olympians show world that 'every person is a gift,' pope says

Special Olympians show world that 'every person is a gift,' pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The athletes of the Special Olympics witness to the world the beauty and value of every human life and the joy that comes from reaching a goal with the encouragement and support of others, Pope Francis said.    "Together, athletes and helpers show us that there...
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Counteract vitriol by toning it down, talking less, listening more, pope says

Counteract vitriol by toning it down, talking less, listening more, pope says ROME (CNS) -- Addressing the fear of immigrants, dissatisfaction with a "fluid economy" and the impatience and vitriol seen in politics and society, Pope Francis told Rome university students to practice a kind of "intellectual charity" that promotes dialogue and sees value in diversity.  ...
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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Word is a gift, other persons are a gift

 The Word is a gift, other persons are a gift Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for medio...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Refugee, health care issues come to fore during social ministry webinar

Refugee, health care issues come to fore during social ministry webinar WASHINGTON (CNS) -- If the people aren't going to a Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington this year, then the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is going to the people.    The annual event, typically held every February, was postponed a year to focus attention and resource...
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Friday, February 10, 2017

God loves all his children, even the 'homely,' pope says at Mass

God loves all his children, even the 'homely,' pope says at Mass VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Book of Genesis makes clear that God gave human beings three great gifts: their identity as children of God, their role as protectors and custodians of creation and the call to love, Pope Francis said.    The love and tenderness of God are seen in the fact t...
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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

At audience, pope leads prayers for migrants, trafficking victims

 At audience, pope leads prayers for migrants, trafficking victims VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Marking the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, a former slave, Pope Francis urged Christians to help victims of human trafficking and migrants, especially the Rohingya people being chased from Myanmar.    For the Catholic Church, St. Bakhita's feast day, Feb. 8, is...
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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Refugee advocates outline arguments for legal action on presidential ban

Refugee advocates outline arguments for legal action on presidential ban WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The breadth of President Donald Trump's authority to limit refugees entering the United States will be fought in federal court and some of the legal challenges ultimately may end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.    Several lawsuits have been filed challenging Tru...
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Monday, February 06, 2017