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Holiness means being open to God, pope says

Holiness means being open to God, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Being a saint doesn't require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said.    Christians should live with the "hope of becoming saints" and with the desire that "work, even in sickness and sufferi...
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Conversation, listening essential for upcoming synod on youth, vocations

Conversation, listening essential for upcoming synod on youth, vocations INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- At a time when an estimated 50 percent of Catholics 30 and younger no longer identify with their religion, the U.S. bishops June 14 discussed the need to reverse that trend and why the consultation process for the October 2018 Synod of Bishops on youth and vocations is crucial...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

U.S. bishops urged to be vigilant, never complacent, in stopping abuse

U.S. bishops urged to be vigilant, never complacent, in stopping abuse INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board, urged the U.S. bishops June 14 during their spring meeting in Indianapolis to continue to keep their commitment to stopping clergy sexual abuse and supporting victims of abuse "at the forefront" of their ministry. ...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Safeguarding creation is religious obligation, Vatican officials say

 Safeguarding creation is religious obligation, Vatican officials say VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians and Muslims, believers in one God, have an obligation to safeguard the world God created, said the Vatican's annual message to Muslims for the end of Ramadan.    "Our vocation to be guardians of God's handiwork is not optional, nor is it tangential to...
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Friday, June 02, 2017

Don't be overly harsh on youth; they have much to give, pope says

Don't be overly harsh on youth; they have much to give, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Young people often are judged too easily, even though with their limitations they are still a much needed and valuable part of the world, Pope Francis said.    Do not forget how God often chose the smallest, because proclaiming the Gospel "is not based on the gr...
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Friday, June 02, 2017

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