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Retired pope celebrates 91st birthday

Retired pope celebrates 91st birthday

| April 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Retired Pope Benedict XVI had a “peaceful and familial” 91st birthday April 16, celebrating with his 94-year-old brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who was visiting from Germany, the Vatican said.

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‘Schizoid’ world brags it’s free while chained to greed, pope says

‘Schizoid’ world brags it’s free while chained to greed, pope says

| Carol Glatz | April 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Christian freedom is being free from worldly ambition, fashion and passion and being open to God’s will, Pope Francis said.

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Killer robots will make war even more inhumane, Vatican official says

Killer robots will make war even more inhumane, Vatican official says

| Carol Glatz | April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Allowing for the development and use of fully automated lethal weapons systems would make warfare even more inhumane and undermine efforts to achieve peace through dialogue, not an arms race, a Vatican representative said.

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Sweden’s Lutherans to let Catholic parish hold Masses in Lund cathedral

Sweden’s Lutherans to let Catholic parish hold Masses in Lund cathedral

| Zita Ballinger Fletcher | April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

For the first time in 500 years, Lutherans in Sweden are welcoming Catholics to celebrate Masses in Lund cathedral. The historic cathedral, formerly the site of bitter religious feuding, has become a site of interfaith friendship since Pope Francis held a service there in 2016.

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Documentarian: Vanier’s world of L’Arche communities ‘makes sense to me’

Documentarian: Vanier’s world of L’Arche communities ‘makes sense to me’

| Mark Pattison | April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Randall Wright, who made the film documentary “Summer in the Forest” on the L’Arche communities founded by Canadian Jean Vanier, said Vanier’s world “makes sense to me.”

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Baptism opens door to Holy Spirit’s action, pope says

Baptism opens door to Holy Spirit’s action, pope says

| April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Parents who prefer not to baptize their children in the hopes that they will “understand and ask for baptism” as adults lack faith that the Holy Spirit will act in their child’s life, Pope Francis said.

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Repentant sinners need merciful confessors, not inquisitors, pope says

Repentant sinners need merciful confessors, not inquisitors, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Priests must give hope to men and women seeking forgiveness, encouraging them in their struggle away from the slippery slope of sin, Pope Francis said.

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Participants in interfaith rally resolve to continue Rev. King’s work

Participants in interfaith rally resolve to continue Rev. King’s work

| April 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

About 2,000 people gathered on the National Mall April 4 to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and to commit themselves to fighting racism and discrimination.

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Catholic faithful must object if pope misuses authority, cardinal says

Catholic faithful must object if pope misuses authority, cardinal says

| Cindy Wooden | April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

While the pope has the fullness of authority and power in the Catholic Church, he can exercise that authority only in obedience to Christ, and if he does not, it is up to the Catholic faithful to object, said U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke.

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The devil is a real threat to Christian life, not a myth, pope says

The devil is a real threat to Christian life, not a myth, pope says

| Junno Arocho | April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

The path to holiness does not involve wrestling with some abstract boogeyman, but involves a “constant struggle against the devil, the prince of evil,” Pope Francis said.

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Holiness means being loving, not boring, pope says

Holiness means being loving, not boring, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

God calls all Christians to be saints — not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.

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St. Grandma? Pope cites the famous and the ‘saint next door’

St. Grandma? Pope cites the famous and the ‘saint next door’

| Cindy Wooden | April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Naturally in a document on the Christian call to holiness, Pope Francis cited a heavenly host of saints — including some whose sainthood causes are ongoing and some who probably will never be canonized.

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