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Vatican concerned about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities

Vatican concerned about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities

| Cindy Wooden | September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis and the Vatican are concerned about continuing tensions on the Korean peninsula “on account of the nuclear tests carried out by North Korea,” the Vatican spokesman confirmed.

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‘Moved by Mercy’ is theme of Respect Life Month, yearlong observance

‘Moved by Mercy’ is theme of Respect Life Month, yearlong observance

| September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Each year, October is designated as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and this year’s theme is “Moved by Mercy.”

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Different reasons draw Catholics to venerate St. Padre Pio relic

Different reasons draw Catholics to venerate St. Padre Pio relic

| Mark Labbe | September 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Virginia Fierro met St. Padre Pio back when she was 14 and still living in Italy, and on Sept. 21, she had the chance to venerate his heart in the Boston Archdiocese.

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Vatican revises norms for examining alleged miracles

Vatican revises norms for examining alleged miracles

| Junno Arocho Esteves | September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

In an effort to ensure transparency as well as historical and scientific accuracy, Pope Francis has approved revised norms for the Congregation for Saints’ Causes regarding medical consultations on healings alleged to be miracles.

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Ad campaign cites poll showing most Americans favor abortion restrictions

Ad campaign cites poll showing most Americans favor abortion restrictions

| September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

March for Life Action has launched a public awareness campaign through digital and television outlets saying that candidates running for public office who promise to expand women’s access to abortion “are out of touch with American voters.”

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Australian bishops: Reject ageism, ‘old age will come to us all’

Australian bishops: Reject ageism, ‘old age will come to us all’

| September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Australia’s bishops called on individuals, communities and governments to reject rampant ageism and the toxic attitudes that often accompany concepts such as “intergenerational theft.”

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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

| Carol Glatz | September 22, 2016 | 1 Comment

God wants people to be merciful, which means forgiving others and giving freely with love, Pope Francis said.

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Assassinated French priest joins procession of martyrs, pope says

Assassinated French priest joins procession of martyrs, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

To kill in the name of God is satanic, Pope Francis said at a special requiem Mass for a French priest assassinated by youths claiming allegiance to the Islamic State.

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Papal commission steps up work to educate Church about abuse

Papal commission steps up work to educate Church about abuse

| Carol Glatz | September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Members of the pope’s commission for child protection, including an abuse survivor, have been speaking with new bishops and major Vatican offices as part of a mandate to develop and educate the Church about best practices.

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Retired pope says aging brings intense prayer, awareness of judgment

Retired pope says aging brings intense prayer, awareness of judgment

| Cindy Wooden | September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

As he prays in his house in the Vatican Gardens and, especially, as he ages, retired Pope Benedict XVI said he finds many Scripture passages “more challenging in their greatness and gravity.”

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Pope highlights sanctity of life in Year of Mercy visits

Pope highlights sanctity of life in Year of Mercy visits

| Cindy Wooden | September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis donned a green hospital gown over his white cassock and entered the neonatal unit of a Rome hospital, peering in the incubators, making the sign of the cross and encouraging worried parents.

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Bishop, other leaders call for peace, unity after attack in St. Cloud

Bishop, other leaders call for peace, unity after attack in St. Cloud

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

One day after a knife-wielding man injured nine people at a shopping mall near St. Cloud, Bishop Donald Kettler called for prayers for those impacted by the violence.

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