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Pope names six women, six men to panel to study women deacons

Pope names six women, six men to panel to study women deacons

| Cindy Wooden | August 2, 2016 | 4 Comments

Pope Francis has appointed six men and six women to a commission to study the issue of women deacons, particularly their ministry in the early church.

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Bishop visits West Virginia’s flood-ravaged areas, where recovery is ongoing

Bishop visits West Virginia’s flood-ravaged areas, where recovery is ongoing

| Tim Bishop | August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston toured the flood-ravaged town of Rainelle July 25 to see firsthand the damage caused by the severe June 23 floods.

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World record-holder swimmer still says ‘a prayer — or two — before any race’

World record-holder swimmer still says ‘a prayer — or two — before any race’

| Kelly Seegers | August 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

Four years ago, at age 15, swimmer Katie Ledecky won Olympic gold in the women’s 800-meter freestyle.

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Superhero cape project brings joy to young patients

Superhero cape project brings joy to young patients

| Rachele Smith | August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

At almost 4 years old, Caroline Hoffman is battling something no child should ever have to worry about: cancer.

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Teach your elders well: Pope calls youths to elevate the discourse

Teach your elders well: Pope calls youths to elevate the discourse

| Cindy Wooden | August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

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.

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With former Minnesotan’s help, new Byzantine Catholic outreach inaugurated in Nebraska

With former Minnesotan’s help, new Byzantine Catholic outreach inaugurated in Nebraska

| Laura Ieraci | August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Omaha Byzantine Catholic Community in Nebraska seems off to a good start with two baptisms since its official inauguration as an outreach of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma this past spring.

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Krakow in Capital festival brings World Youth Day to Washington

Krakow in Capital festival brings World Youth Day to Washington

| Kelly Seegers | July 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

About 1,300 young adults gathered in the nation’s capital for prayer, catechesis, fellowship, and a taste of Polish culture, an event designed for those who could not attend World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.

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Pope urges World Youth Day volunteers to be ‘hope of the future’

Pope urges World Youth Day volunteers to be ‘hope of the future’

| Jonathan Luxmoore | July 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis thanked World Youth Day organizers and volunteers and urged them to be “the hope of the future.”

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Don’t tuck life away, take risks, pope tells young people

Don’t tuck life away, take risks, pope tells young people

| Junno Arocho Esteves | July 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

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.

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No room for benchwarmers, make history, pope tells youths at vigil

No room for benchwarmers, make history, pope tells youths at vigil

| Junno Arocho Esteves | July 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis told young people they are not called to be couch potatoes, living boring lives, but should leave their mark in history and not let others determine their future.

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‘Go out,’ keep writing Gospel of mercy, pope tells clergy, religious

‘Go out,’ keep writing Gospel of mercy, pope tells clergy, religious

| Jonathan Luxmoore | July 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Catholic priests and nuns must renounce their personal interests and create a church that “goes into the world” with “living writers of the Gospel,” Pope Francis said.

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Pope Francis: Cruelty did not end at Auschwitz; it continues today

Pope Francis: Cruelty did not end at Auschwitz; it continues today

| Junno Arocho Esteves | July 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

Humankind’s cruelty did not end with the Holocaust, but rages on in the suffering of those living through war, homelessness and persecution, Pope Francis said.

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