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Homilies must help people reflect, not nap, pope says

Homilies must help people reflect, not nap, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic priests must deliver good homilies so the "good news" of the Gospel can take root in people's hearts and help them live holier lives, Pope Francis said.    But the faithful in the pews need to do their part, too, the pope said at his weekly general audi...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Survey: Women say Eucharist, helping poor is what it means to be Catholic

Survey: Women say Eucharist, helping poor is what it means to be Catholic NEW YORK (CNS) – American Catholic women are increasingly disengaged from the Church, although they remain affiliated and say helping the poor and receiving the Eucharist are the most important aspects of what it means to be Catholic.          ...
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Catholic groups decry end of immigration protection for Salvadorans

Catholic groups decry end of immigration protection for Salvadorans WASHINGTON (CNS) – As the Catholic Church in the U.S. began observing National Migration Week – a time to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, immigrants, refugees, and human trafficking victims – the administration of President Donald Trump announced that it would e...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Indiana 'Dreamer' fears family breakup if DACA expires

Indiana 'Dreamer' fears family breakup if DACA expires INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) – Brenda Martinez's first dream was to become an astrophysicist.             As she finished seventh grade in Indianapolis, her heart was set on attending Purdue University with the help of a state scholarship program....
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Don't confess other's faults, own up to sins, pope says at audience

Don't confess other's faults, own up to sins, pope says at audience VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Fear and the shame of admitting one's own sins leads to pointing fingers and accusing others rather than recognizing one's own faults, Pope Francis said.     "It's difficult to admit being guilty, but it does so much good to confess with sincerity. But you must...
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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Pope urges help for refugees, respect for life in 2018

Pope urges help for refugees, respect for life in 2018 VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis began 2018 by praying that the world would demonstrate a marked increase in solidarity and welcome for migrants and refugees.             "Let's not extinguish the hope in their hearts; let's not suffocat...
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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Vatican releases new instruction on authenticating, protecting relics

Vatican releases new instruction on authenticating, protecting relics VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Only relics that have been certified as authentic can be exposed for veneration by the faithful, said a new Vatican instruction.    Published Dec. 16 in Italian by the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the instruction clarifies and details the canonical procedure...
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Monday, December 18, 2017

As pope turns 81, kids entertain with song, dance and 13-foot pizza

As pope turns 81, kids entertain with song, dance and 13-foot pizza VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Celebrating his 81st birthday, Pope Francis blew out the candles on a 13-foot long pizza after being serenaded with song and dance by children and employees from a Vatican pediatric clinic.     A group of children receiving assistance from the Vatican's St. Mart...
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Monday, December 18, 2017

Nativity scene, Christmas tree are visible signs of God's compassion

Nativity scene, Christmas tree are visible signs of God's compassion VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Nativity scene and Christmas tree, like those displayed in St. Peter's Square, are visible reminders of God's benevolence and closeness to all men and women, Pope Francis said.     The traditional Christmas displays are "the signs of the heavenly Father's comp...
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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Pope urges Myanmar's leaders to respect all groups

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (CNS) – The plight of the ethnic Muslim minority in Myanmar's Rakhine state was front and center in speeches by Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi, but neither publicly used the word Rohingya.             After private m...
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Thursday, November 30, 2017