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Christians share hope, not 'vinegar of bitterness,' pope says

Christians share hope, not 'vinegar of bitterness,' pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians are called to be "sowers of hope," consoling and defending the poor and anyone in need, Pope Francis said.    As Christians prepared to celebrate Pentecost June 4, Pope Francis used his weekly general audience May 31 to speak about the power of the Ho...
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Get a spiritual EKG to make sure heart pulsates with Holy Spirit

Get a spiritual EKG to make sure heart pulsates with Holy Spirit VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Never speak, act or make a decision without first listening to the Holy Spirit, who moves, troubles and inspires the heart, Pope Francis advised.    A cold and calculating heart that is closed to the Holy Spirit results in a faith that is "ideological," he said...
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Another court weighs future of Trump travel ban

Another court weighs future of Trump travel ban WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The comments made during and after a contentious campaign came back to haunt President Donald Trump's executive order, adding to his troubles in May, as a group of judges in Seattle weighed the future of his troubled travel ban.    On May 15, the 9th U.S. Circuit...
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Devil prefers comfy, business-savvy church that overlooks truth, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The devil would like to see a church that never takes any risks, never speaks out with the truth and just settles on being wishy-washy, comfortable and business-savvy, Pope Francis said.    God's prophets always were persecuted because they created a disturbance...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pope, English church leaders offer prayers after Manchester attack

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) – Pope Francis decried the May 22 "barbaric attack" on concertgoers in Manchester, England, adding his voice to Catholic leaders dismayed at what British officials said was the deadliest case of terrorism since 2005.     In a telegram sent to English c...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis and President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace on May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, "I won't forget what you said."             Th...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fatima seers become church's youngest non-martyred saints

Fatima seers become church's youngest non-martyred saints FATIMA, Portugal (CNS) – Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima; but more importantly, he said, they heeded the call to pray for sinners and trust in the Lord.     "We declare and define Blesse...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

A tender gaze: Fatima trip shows pope's respect for pilgrims' faith

A tender gaze: Fatima trip shows pope's respect for pilgrims' faith VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis is not shy about showing his love for Mary in public and, like many Latin American bishops, he strongly has resisted attempts to dismiss as superstitious or "simple," in a negative sense, popular devotion to the mother of God.    The pope's devotion...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Family farmers facing worst financial stretch since the 1980s

Family farmers facing worst financial stretch since the 1980s WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Many family farmers in the United States are facing the worst combination of events since the "farm crisis" of the mid-1980s.    After a relatively lengthy period of prosperity in the early part of this decade, prices for "row crops" -- corn, soybeans and wheat --...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Long-awaited executive order on religion has unclear path ahead

Long-awaited executive order on religion has unclear path ahead WASHINGTON (CNS) -- At a White House Rose Garden ceremony May 4, President Donald Trump told a group of religious leaders: "It was looking like you'd never get here, but you got here, folks," referring to their presence at the signing of the executive order on religious liberty.    A...
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Thursday, May 11, 2017