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Pope to new priests: No boring homilies, never tire of mercy

Pope to new priests: No boring homilies, never tire of mercy

| Cindy Wooden | May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ordaining 19 men to the priesthood, Pope Francis not only told them to make sure their homilies were not boring, but he offered them advice on how to ensure their preaching would touch people: Speak from your heart.

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Living closer to God; divorced woman wants to become Catholic

Living closer to God; divorced woman wants to become Catholic

| Father Kenneth Doyle | May 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

Q. I am a freshman in high school. I believe in God and in the Christian way of life, but I do have a question. How does God influence our lives, and how can one have a closer relationship with him? I want to depend on God for the decisions I make in my life, but many people say that they can live independently, without God. I only want to know the truth.

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Share gifts, share the joy

Share gifts, share the joy

| Sharon Perkins | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

About 15 years ago, my dad traveled to Brazil on business and, while there, he purchased a beautiful gold and aquamarine necklace for my mother. It was stunning. We all admired it when she opened the gift on Christmas morning, after which my sister and I began the usual good-natured jokes about which one of us would inherit the piece.

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Faith is expressed in charity, unity, pope says at four religious sisters’ canonization Mass

Faith is expressed in charity, unity, pope says at four religious sisters’ canonization Mass

Declaring four 19th-century women religious saints, Pope Francis said they are models for all Christians of how faith, nourished in prayer, is expressed concretely in acts of charity and the promotion of unity.

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In Nepal, fresh quake rattles confidence

In Nepal, fresh quake rattles confidence

| Anto Akkara | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The second major earthquake in less than three weeks in Nepal spread renewed fears and dented the confidence of people, said Church and charity workers.

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Wail of sirens calls priest, religious to crash site

Wail of sirens calls priest, religious to crash site

| Lou Baldwin | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The wailing of sirens called Father Tom Higgins from his parish rectory and Sisters Linda Lukiewski and Julie Sertsch from their convent to the scene of the Amtrak train derailment the evening of May 12.

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Report: Only ‘full recognition of religious freedom’ will protect people

Report: Only ‘full recognition of religious freedom’ will protect people

| Carol Zimmermann | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The cover photograph on a new 232-page report outlining religious freedom violations around the world last year pretty much says it all.

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Scathing report calls for dismantling immigrant detention system

Scathing report calls for dismantling immigrant detention system

| Patricia Zapor | May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

A scathing new report on the conditions under which immigrants are detained concludes with the U.S. bishops’ recommendation that the current system be dismantled and replaced with less drastic approaches for keeping track of people whose immigration cases are pending.

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Mother Teresa’s canonization in 2016 only hypothetical, says Vatican

Mother Teresa’s canonization in 2016 only hypothetical, says Vatican

| Laura Ieraci | May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Despite reports in the Italian press that Blessed Teresa of Kolkata’s canonization has been set for Sept. 4, 2016, a Vatican spokesman says the date is only hypothetical and cannot be confirmed.

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Pro-lifers hail passage of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Pro-lifers hail passage of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

U.S. House passage May 13 of a measure that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks is “long overdue and one of the most common sense laws under consideration,” said the president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

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Reaction mixed to Tsarnaev death sentence in Boston Marathon bombing

Reaction mixed to Tsarnaev death sentence in Boston Marathon bombing

| Mark Pattison | May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Reaction was mixed to the May 15 jury sentencing of death for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

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Families are first victims of violence, poverty, pope tells bishops

Families are first victims of violence, poverty, pope tells bishops

| Carol Glatz | May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Families are the first victims wherever there is conflict or poverty, but they also are the best place for teaching peace and reconciliation, Pope Francis told bishops of the Central African Republic.

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