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Christians aren't greater than God, must forgive as he does, pope says

Christians aren't greater than God, must forgive as he does, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God wants people to be merciful, which means forgiving others and giving freely with love, Pope Francis said.    "We don't have the power to condemn our brother who makes a mistake, we are not above him. Rather we have a duty to return him to the dignity of a so...
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Anger, distrust with candidates may find voters snubbing presidential ballot

 Anger, distrust with candidates may find voters snubbing presidential ballot WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Campaign 2016 is shaping up to be one where voters are not so much supporting one candidate or another as casting a ballot against a candidate they find intolerable.    Or they may not vote for president at all.    Underlying anger and deep-seated d...
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pastors who become princes are far from Jesus' spirit, pope says

Pastors who become princes are far from Jesus' spirit, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Clergy who use their position for personal gain rather than to help those in need do not follow the spirit of Jesus who took upon himself the sufferings of others, Pope Francis said.     Jesus often would rebuke such leaders and warned his followers to "do what...
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

St. Teresa of Kolkata will always be 'Mother' Teresa, pope says

St. Teresa of Kolkata will always be 'Mother' Teresa, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With a large tapestry bearing the portrait of the woman known as the "Saint of the Gutters" suspended above him, Pope Francis proclaimed the sainthood of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, hailing her courage and love for the poor.    Despite the formality of the occasio...
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Religions must take lead in protecting creation, pope says

Religions must take lead in protecting creation, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Religions can play an important role in protecting the environment and defending human rights in their countries, their communities and their schools, Pope Francis said.     "I believe we are still at a nursery-school level in this. That is, in incorporating res...
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Peace in the heart leads to peace in the world, pope says

Peace in the heart leads to peace in the world, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Peace cannot be achieved by huge protests or international conferences unless it begins in people's hearts, Pope Francis said.     Men and women are called to build peace every day "in the little things" in life, the pope said Sept. 8 during morning Mass in the...
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Creative Commons: Monastic life serves God, fires imagination

Creative Commons: Monastic life serves God, fires imagination VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Though generally renown for Gregorian chant, curating libraries and offering quiet retreats, some Benedictine monks also brew beer, run farms or play electric guitar, like Abbot Primate Nokter Wolf.    Ending his third and final term as leader of the confederati...
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Exploring the final frontier, Star Trek offered peace, paper says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Honoring Star Trek's 50th anniversary, the Vatican newspaper said the overwhelmingly popular series gave the world a model of peace, tolerance and cooperation at a time of global tensions.    The show -- whose first episode aired Sept. 8, 1966 -- began during th...
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

The battle over gun regulation returns to the election season

The battle over gun regulation returns to the election season WASHINGTON -- On the campaign trail, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump recently referenced the increasing violence in Chicago, which reached an infamous milestone this summer: the most violent August the city has seen in 20 years.     Chicago Police Department reported 9...
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Blessed Mother Teresa gains Sainthood

Blessed Mother Teresa gains Sainthood Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata on Sept. 4. The Vatican (online) and television outlets including EWTN (available online and to some across the diocese on cable), CatholicTV (online) and Salt Light TV (online) will broadcast the Canonization Mass on Sept. 4. The Message...
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Thursday, September 01, 2016