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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

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