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Boston cardinal: Pope’s impact on Church, world ‘amazing’

Boston cardinal: Pope’s impact on Church, world ‘amazing’

| Antonio Enrique | March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cardinal Sean O’Malley recently spoke to The Pilot, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston, about the impact Pope Francis has had on the Catholic Church and the world since his March 13, 2013, election. Cardinal O’Malley is the only U.S. member of Pope Francis’ international Council of Cardinals, an eight-member group advising him on the reform of the Vatican bureaucracy and other issues. Here are excerpts from the interview.

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Lessons in style

Lessons in style

| Cindy Wooden | March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope’s gestures, choices are teaching moments

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Pope talks to priests about mercy, hearing confession

Pope talks to priests about mercy, hearing confession

| March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

The pope’s annual Lenten meeting with Rome pastors focused on the priest’s call to be a minister of mercy.

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Lent begins

Lent begins

| March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lent is meant to wake up Christians and help them see that God can give them the strength to change their lives and their surroundings, Pope Francis said.

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NFL coaches, team officials gather for Mass, dinner and fellowship

NFL coaches, team officials gather for Mass, dinner and fellowship

| March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Coaches, scouts and front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams have gathered in mid-February in Indianapolis for years for several intensive days of analyzing hundreds of top college football players who are eligible for the NFL draft, which starts May 8 this year.

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Pope establishes panel, with lay members, to oversee Vatican finances

Pope establishes panel, with lay members, to oversee Vatican finances

| February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a move reflecting both his drive to reform the Vatican bureaucracy and his oft-stated desire to include laypeople in the leadership of the Church, Pope Francis established a new panel, to include almost as many lay members as clerics, to oversee the finances of the Holy See and Vatican City State.

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African missionaries stay despite dangers

African missionaries stay despite dangers

| Jonathan Luxmoore | February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Catholic leaders in the Central African Republic praised the courage of missionary priests and nuns who remained in the country during the current conflict, despite offers of evacuation.

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Pope calls for ‘intelligent, courageous, loving’ approach to families

Pope calls for ‘intelligent, courageous, loving’ approach to families

| Cindy Wooden | February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Opening a two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals, Pope Francis said the church’s pastoral approach to helping couples must be “intelligent, courageous and full of love” because the family today is “looked down upon and mistreated.”

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Pope tells cardinals they are servants, not courtiers

Pope tells cardinals they are servants, not courtiers

| Francis X. Rocca | February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Celebrating Mass with the newest members of the College of the Cardinals one day after their elevation, Pope Francis urged them to regard their new role not as one of worldly honor but of humble service and sacrifice.

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Pope Francis, with retired Pope Benedict present, creates new cardinals

Pope Francis, with retired Pope Benedict present, creates new cardinals

| February 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

In his homily Pope Francis focused on the cardinals being called to follow Christ more closely, to build up the unity of the church and to proclaim the Gospel more courageously.

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Pompeii

Pompeii

| Joseph McAleer | February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Still more imagined there were no gods left, and that the universe was plunged into eternal darkness for evermore,” wrote the Roman author Pliny the Younger on the day after the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

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Pope: Professing the faith without good works is just spouting hot air

Pope: Professing the faith without good works is just spouting hot air

| Carol Glatz | February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Understanding God’s commandments and church doctrine is useless if those truths aren’t put into practice, Pope Francis said.

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