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Proclaim value of life with solidarity, welcome, pope says

Proclaim value of life with solidarity, welcome, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Simple gestures of welcome and solidarity, when supported by faith in Jesus' resurrection, proclaim the value of life, Pope Francis said.    Being "men and women of the resurrection, men and women of life" involves making "gestures of solidarity, gestures of wel...
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Love is the engine driving hope on life's bumpy road, says pope

Love is the engine driving hope on life's bumpy road, says pope VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The cross, loving service and humble sacrifice are the only way to overcome evil and give hope to the world, Pope Francis said.    Those who love their own lives and always hunger for more are the losers, the pope said at his weekly general audience April 12....
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

U.S. strike on Syria raises moral questions about civilian security

U.S. strike on Syria raises moral questions about civilian security WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base days after chemical weapons were dropped on civilians in rebel-controlled territory further endangers innocent people, observers familiar with the just-war theory said.    If anything, the observers told Catholic...
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

U.S. bishop remembers Martin Luther King at Vatican development meeting

U.S. bishop remembers Martin Luther King at Vatican development meeting VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to promote the "integral human development" of all peoples is a work that must continue today in the world and in the Catholic Church, Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Illinois, told participants at a Vatican conference. ...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Pope horrified by 'unacceptable massacre' in Syria

Pope horrified by 'unacceptable massacre' in Syria VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis strongly condemned a shocking chemical attack in Syria that left some 70 people, including at least 10 children, dead.    "We are horrified by the latest events in Syria. I strongly deplore the unacceptable massacre that took place yesterday in the...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Global Catholic population tops 1.28 billion; half are in 10 countries

Global Catholic population tops 1.28 billion; half are in 10 countries VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Taken together, the 10 countries with the most Catholics account for almost 56 percent of the world's Catholic population, the Vatican reported.    The 2017 "Annuario Pontificio," or Vatican yearbook, and a new edition of the Vatican Statistical Yearbook report...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Catholic Charities leaders push priorities with Congress on 'Hill Day'

Catholic Charities leaders push priorities with Congress on 'Hill Day' WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Four years ago, Ted Bergh was asking members of Congress to support food programs and comprehensive immigration reform, issues of deep concern to Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio, which he serves as CEO.    Bergh was back on Capitol Hill March 29 for Cathol...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Pope: God promises the 'impossible,' asks people to hope against all hope

Pope: God promises the 'impossible,' asks people to hope against all hope VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Hope is not built on people's predictions, assurances or line of reasoning, Pope Francis said.               Real Christian hope "is not based on our word, but on God's Word" and promises of salvation and et...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Students' project opens door to Vatican global water-awareness campaign

Students' project opens door to Vatican global water-awareness campaign MUNCIE, Ind. (CNS) – When four graduate students at Ball State University took on an awareness campaign, they hoped it would have a global reach. Then, a global institution reached back.               "I honestly couldn't believ...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Papal Nuncio: Pay close attention to pope's words and actions

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal nuncio to the United States, gets plenty of questions about Pope Francis.               A March 27 discussion at Georgetown University, sponsored by the university's Ini...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017