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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

Theologians' brief in HHS mandate case might lead to compromise ruling

Theologians' brief in HHS mandate case might lead to compromise ruling WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Supreme Court cases, with their multiple friend-of-the-court briefs, leave extensive paper trails behind them and although these briefs might get lost in the shuffle, occasionally some stand out.    In Zubik v. Burwell, the challenge to the Affordable Care Act's c...
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Friday, July 29, 2016

Stethoscope pope: By listening to youth, he hears what makes them tick

Stethoscope pope: By listening to youth, he hears what makes them tick VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When Pope Francis goes to Poland to meet with an expected 2 million young people from around the world, he's going with a firm idea of the dreams, fears and challenges so many of them face.    He knows what lies inside the hearts and minds of today's youth, not...
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Catholics seek to change narrative of violence for denizens of Holy Land

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The event was designed to show the daily life and culture of those who live in the Holy Land, an area as beautiful and historic as it is conflict-ridden. And it did just that when one of the Palestinian Christians who was supposed to be present for a live video chat showed up la...
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Communion more than once? Priest estranged from father

Communion more than once? Priest estranged from father Q. I know that people can receive holy Communion twice in one day if they are present at those Masses for particular circumstances. But how about a lector or church musician who might be on duty for three or four Masses on the same day? Can they take Communion at each of those Masses? (York, South...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016