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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

Pope adds Marian memorial to universal calendar

Pope adds Marian memorial to universal calendar VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis has decreed that Latin-rite Catholics around the world will mark the memorial of "the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church" on the Monday after Pentecost each year. In 2018, the memorial be May 21.          &#...
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Five years a pope: Francis' outreach

Five years a pope: Francis' outreach VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope just a few days after telling the College of Cardinals that the Catholic Church faced a clear choice between being a church that "goes out" or a church focused on its internal affairs.       ...
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Wonder and wit: Five years of Pope Francis' unique turns of phrase

Wonder and wit: Five years of Pope Francis' unique turns of phrase VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A native-Spanish speaker who grew up with Italian-speaking relatives in Argentina, Pope Francis has a striking way with words.    Bringing a background in literary themes and devices with him to the papacy five years ago, the pope has shown himself to be a maste...
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Don't hold grudges; forgiveness comes from forgiving others, pope says

Don't hold grudges; forgiveness comes from forgiving others, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians must let go of resentments and forgive those who have wronged them so that they may experience God's forgiveness, Pope Francis.    This can be particularly difficult when "we carry with us a list of things that have been done to us," the pope said in...
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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Do not pay for Mass, redemption is free, pope says

Do not pay for Mass, redemption is free, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Mass isn't a paid arrangement for salvation but rather the commemoration of Christ's sacrifice of his life, given freely to all, Pope Francis said.     Christians can make a silent prayer during Mass or donate money to offer a Mass for a loved one who is in need...
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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Update: Immigrants, advocates navigating post-DACA-deadline landscape

Update: Immigrants, advocates navigating post-DACA-deadline landscape WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The last government shutdown -- well, threatened shutdown, anyway -- seems so long ago.     The nine-hour "funding lapse" of Feb. 9, like the three-day shutdown that began Jan. 20, hinged on how Congress was going to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arriv...
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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Archbishop: Church's Christian anthropology is basis for social teachings

Archbishop: Church's Christian anthropology is basis for social teachings INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- The Catholic response to today's widely debated societal issues -- from abortion to immigration to racism -- must be rooted in the church's fundamental teaching about human dignity and the "destiny of the human person," said the archbishop of Indianapolis.    In...
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Florida school shooting an act of 'horrifying evil,' says Miami archbishop

 Florida school shooting an act of 'horrifying evil,' says Miami archbishop MIAMI (CNS) -- Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski urged community members to come together "to support one another in this time of grief" after a shooting rampage Feb. 14 at a Broward County high school left at least 17 people dead.    "With God's help, we can remain strong and resolu...
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Cardinal Tobin: Christians must recognize humanity of immigrants, refugees

Cardinal Tobin: Christians must recognize humanity of immigrants, refugees WASHINGTON (CNS) -- At the forefront of the immigration battle in the U.S., few Catholic Church leaders have been as physically present in supporting the most vulnerable in that group as Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey.     Last year, he intertwined his hands with thos...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018