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18 tips from Pope Francis for confession preparation

18 tips from Pope Francis for confession preparation

| Carol Glatz | February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Catholics should go to confession, the pope said, because everyone needs forgiveness for their sins, for the ways “we think and act contrary to the Gospel.”

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Women religious show by example how to age gracefully

Women religious show by example how to age gracefully

| Sarah Hinds | February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

The lives of religious sisters not only offer an example of holy living, but also healthy aging, according to recent studies.

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Religious leaders urge action to combat climate change

Religious leaders urge action to combat climate change

| Mark Pattison | February 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

Religious leaders from across the faith spectrum gathered Feb. 20 at the Capitol to seek action to combat climate change and to mitigate its effects, whether it be at the federal level or in local communities.

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Pope Benedict has no regret, doubt about decision to retire, aide says

Pope Benedict has no regret, doubt about decision to retire, aide says

| Carol Glatz | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has never doubted or regretted his decision to resign, knowing it was the right thing to do for the good of the church, said Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary to the retired pope.

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Jesuit’s kidnapping forces JRS to reassess operations in risky areas

Jesuit’s kidnapping forces JRS to reassess operations in risky areas

| Carol Glatz | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The kidnapping of Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar has made Jesuit Refugee Service reassess the way it operates in many high-risk countries, said an agency official.

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Pope names St. Gregory of Narek a doctor of the church

Pope names St. Gregory of Narek a doctor of the church

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

A 10th-century Armenian monk has been named among the doctors of the church.

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God wants you to find real love — lifelong love — pope tells youths

God wants you to find real love — lifelong love — pope tells youths

| Cindy Wooden | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Christianity is not a set of prohibitions, but a “project for life” that can lead to true happiness in building better relationships and a better world, Pope Francis told Catholic young people.

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Pope seeks prayers for Egyptians beheaded by Islamic State

Pope seeks prayers for Egyptians beheaded by Islamic State

| Carol Glatz | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

He offered morning Mass Feb. 17 in the chapel of his residence for the slain Christians he termed “our 21 brother Copts” whose throats had been slit “for the sole reason of being Christians,” and he requested people pray for the victims so “that the Lord welcome them as martyrs.”

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Ukrainian Catholic leader invites pope, says visit could bring peace

Ukrainian Catholic leader invites pope, says visit could bring peace

| Carol Glatz | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church invited Pope Francis to visit the war-torn nation, saying it would help bring peace.

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Survey: 133 percent increase in attacks on religion in past three years

Survey: 133 percent increase in attacks on religion in past three years

| Nate Madden | February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

The report, “Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America, 2014 Edition,” chronicles a series of more than 1,300 court cases recently handled or monitored by the institute, a nonprofit legal group that represents plaintiffs who feel their religious liberty has been violated.

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Archbishop says morality clauses are about upholding mission of church

Archbishop says morality clauses are about upholding mission of church

| February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone told a group of California legislators that he respects their right “to employ or not employ whomever you wish to advance your mission” and expects the same in return.

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Pope: Don’t let meatless Fridays be selfish, soulless, seafood splurge

Pope: Don’t let meatless Fridays be selfish, soulless, seafood splurge

| Carol Glatz | February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Real fasting isn’t just restricting food choices, it must also include cleansing the heart of all selfishness and making room in one’s life for those in need and those who have sinned and need healing, Pope Francis said.

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