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Pope: Mercy, pastoral care should guide research on life, family

Pope: Mercy, pastoral care should guide research on life, family VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Appointing Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia as the new chancellor for the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and new president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Francis said he wanted to make sure the two bodies help the church offer better c...
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Friday, August 19, 2016

The mercy-filled life: Mother Teresa embodied what Pope Francis teaches

The mercy-filled life: Mother Teresa embodied what Pope Francis teaches VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- If there is one person who immersed herself in the "peripheries" Pope Francis is drawn to, it was Blessed Teresa of Kolkata.    If there was one who showed courage and creativity in bringing God's mercy to the world, like Pope Francis urges, it was the diminutiv...
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Even as immigration reform stalls, Catholics champion welcoming message

Even as immigration reform stalls, Catholics champion welcoming message WASHINGTON (CNS) -- On the Aug. 6 feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville of Washington addressed a crowd of largely Salvadoran immigrants at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.     They were there to mark the feas...
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Monday, August 15, 2016

African Catholics urged to hold tight to faith, values in secular culture

African Catholics urged to hold tight to faith, values in secular culture WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The African family, with its reverence of elders, sense of solidarity and community, and adherence to religious traditions has great gifts that need to be shared, a Louisiana bishop said Aug. 6 in addressing a group of about 300 Catholics who hail from the continent.  ...
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Mercy received must be mercy shared, pope says at audience

Mercy received must be mercy shared, pope says at audience VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God's mercy is infectious and must be shared with others, Pope Francis said.    Mercy is "a journey that departs from the heart to arrive at the hands," the pope said Aug. 10 at his weekly general audience.    In his main audience talk, Pope Franc...
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Mercy, poor at center of Blessed Teresa's canonization events

Mercy, poor at center of Blessed Teresa's canonization events VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The poor, the suffering and those who minister to them will be at the center of celebrations leading up to the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata at the Vatican.    The main event -- the canonization Mass -- will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 4, the Vatican a...
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Friday, August 05, 2016

Teach your elders well: Pope calls youths to elevate the discourse

Teach your elders well: Pope calls youths to elevate the discourse VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Aware of the risk of being called naive or being accused of spouting platitudes, Pope Francis called on young people to model for adults the paths of mercy and respect, and then demonstrated what he meant.    "Today we adults -- we adults -- need you to teach us...
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Friday, August 05, 2016

Don't tuck life away, take risks, pope tells young people

Don't tuck life away, take risks, pope tells young people KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) – Take risks and do not let life's obstacles get in the way of encountering the true joy and life that Jesus can give, Pope Francis told more than 1 million young people.     "Don't be afraid to say 'yes' to him with all your heart, to respond generously a...
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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

A Golden Opportunity: Mater Dei grad manages social media for Rio Olympics

A Golden Opportunity: Mater Dei grad manages social media for Rio Olympics Samantha Dewig, a 2009 graduate of Mater Dei High School, will serve as NBC’s Social Media Manager during the 2016 Summer Olympic, which open Aug. 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After graduating from Mater Dei, Dewig attended Indiana University, earning a degree in Sports Communication in 2013....
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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Pope pays tribute to Holocaust victims in silence, prayer

Pope pays tribute to Holocaust victims in silence, prayer OSWIECIM, Poland (CNS) -- Sitting with head bowed and eyes closed, Pope Francis paid silent tribute to the victims of one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.    The pope arrived July 29 at the Auschwitz-BirkenauNazi death camp in Oswiecim, an area now blanketed by green fiel...
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Friday, July 29, 2016