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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

Phone, internet subsidy for poorest Americans may go way of rotary dial

Phone, internet subsidy for poorest Americans may go way of rotary dial WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A 33-year-old telephone and internet subsidy that actually lived up to its name, Lifeline, is in danger of being slashed by the Federal Communications Commission.    The cuts to Lifeline could take place within two years of the FCC having strengthened and expanded...
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Friday, March 23, 2018

Still going to Mass at 109, Indiana Catholic is the 'joy of the parish'

Still going to Mass at 109, Indiana Catholic is the 'joy of the parish' FORTVILLE, Ind. (CNS) -- When her granddaughter asks her if she remembers the sinking of the Titanic, Mary Weir scoffs just a bit.    "No, that was April 1912," she said before adding, "I was too young."    But she does remember staying safe in her family's home on a h...
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Friday, March 23, 2018

Vatican releases statistics of Francis' pontificate

Vatican releases statistics of Francis' pontificate VATICAN CITY (CNS) – In five years as leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has made 22 international trips, traveling 154,906 miles – the equivalent of six times around the world.             He also has declared 880 new sain...
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018