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Pope: Can't whitewash sin away; Jesus truly transforms penitent hearts

Pope: Can't whitewash sin away; Jesus truly transforms penitent hearts VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Jesus truly transforms and heals hearts when people let him, which means recognizing and being ashamed of one's sins, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.    Jesus helped people by showing them a new way and the possibility of real change, "and this is why the...
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Monday, December 05, 2016

Many numbers, one result: What polling can and cannot do

Many numbers, one result: What polling can and cannot do WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Four years ago around this time, Americans were wondering about the death of public-opinion polling in an entirely different vein. Then, Nate Silver of the FiveThirtyEight website had correctly called every state and its delegate count in the 2012 presidential election, renderin...
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Monday, December 05, 2016

When God calls, he always inspires, walks with his disciples, pope says

When God calls, he always inspires, walks with his disciples, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Through individual vocations, God calls men and women to be touched and transformed by his love, not use his gift for personal comfort, pursuing business opportunities or self-promotion, Pope Francis said.    "All Christians are called to be missionaries of the...
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Upcoming U.N. talks to abolish nuclear weapons face uncertain future

Upcoming U.N. talks to abolish nuclear weapons face uncertain future WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The United Nations is preparing to embark on talks to ban nuclear weapons.    Negotiations are set to begin in March and are expected to take an indefinite time to complete.    The end result is uncertain, but the 123 nations that voted Oct. 27 for...
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pope: Reflections on mercy may be over, but compassion must live on

Pope: Reflections on mercy may be over, but compassion must live on VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Year of Mercy and its series of papal reflections may be over, but compassion and acts of mercy must continue and become a part of everyone's daily lives, Pope Francis said.    "Let us commit ourselves to praying for each other so that the corporal and spiri...
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pope calls new cardinals to be agents of unity

Pope calls new cardinals to be agents of unity VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The Catholic Church's 17 new cardinals must dedicate their lives to being ministers of forgiveness and reconciliation in a world – and sometimes a church – often marked by hostility and division, Pope Francis said on Nov. 19.     Even Catholics...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Proclaim Christ the king of mercy, pope says at end of Holy Year

Proclaim Christ the king of mercy, pope says at end of Holy Year VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Following Christ the King, whose regal power is love and mercy, means the whole church and each Christian must "follow his way of tangible love," Pope Francis said.    Celebrating the feast of Christ the King Nov. 20 and officially closing the extraordinary jubi...
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Voters reject nearly all ballot measures on issues of Catholic concern

Voters reject nearly all ballot measures on issues of Catholic concern WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In this year's election, voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control measures.     Voters passed an assisted suicide measure in Colorado and vot...
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

God's kingdom gives hope, not flashy entertainment, pope says

God's kingdom gives hope, not flashy entertainment, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The kingdom of God grows through hope and not by reducing it to a form of entertainment that produces a joy that appears and disappears in an instant, Pope Francis said.     While many are tempted by "new things, revelations and messages," God has already spoken...
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Top Vatican official congratulates Trump, offers prayers

Top Vatican official congratulates Trump, offers prayers VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Congratulating Donald Trump for his victory in the U.S. presidential election, the Vatican secretary of state expressed hope that people would work together "to change the global situation, which is a situation of serious laceration, serious conflict."    Cardin...
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Wednesday, November 09, 2016