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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

Pope's exhortation on holiness to be released April 9

Pope's exhortation on holiness to be released April 9 VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "Rejoice and Be Glad," Pope Francis' new apostolic exhortation on "the call to holiness in the modern world," will be released April 9, the Vatican announced.    The document, called "Gaudete et Exsultate" in Latin, will be presented at a Vatican news conference...
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Friday, April 06, 2018

Pope: Present in the Eucharist, Jesus transforms those who receive him

Pope: Present in the Eucharist, Jesus transforms those who receive him VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Despite the chill and gusts of wind in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis welcomed the beginning of spring with an impromptu lesson about gardening and how to grow into being better Christians.    "Does a tree or plant that is diseased bloom well? No! Does a tree...
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Friday, March 23, 2018

Five wounds of Christ: Pope urges recovery of traditional devotion

Five wounds of Christ: Pope urges recovery of traditional devotion VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis seems to be fixated on the wounds of Christ. And he has suggested that other Catholics might want to be as well.    He has offered meditations on Jesus' pierced hands, feet and side throughout his pontificate, but since January, his references in im...
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Friday, March 23, 2018