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Imitate Jesus’ humility and service, pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

Imitate Jesus’ humility and service, pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

| Cindy Wooden | March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

From modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who “sacrifice themselves daily,” following Jesus in serving others and giving witness to the Gospel.

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President, first lady to welcome Pope Francis to White House Sept. 23

President, first lady to welcome Pope Francis to White House Sept. 23

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will welcome Pope Francis to the White House Sept. 23.

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World Youth Day 2016 in Poland will offer ‘Message of Mercy’

World Youth Day 2016 in Poland will offer ‘Message of Mercy’

| Jonathan Luxmoore | March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

A new airport, improved road and rail links, a fleet of dream buses and “Youth Bible” are among features projected for the Catholic Church’s 14th international celebration of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in 2016.

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Pope joins homeless people for private tour of Sistine Chapel

Pope joins homeless people for private tour of Sistine Chapel

| Cindy Wooden | March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

While enjoying a private visit to the Sistine Chapel, a group of VIP guests — homeless people who live around the Vatican — were surprised by a visit from Pope Francis.

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Paschal candle makers shine light on ancient craft

Paschal candle makers shine light on ancient craft

| Carol Zimmermann | March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

As an 8-year-old Martin Marklin was impressed by the candle’s intricate wax design. But years later he was surprised to see that the traditional paschal candle at his parish had been replaced by one far less artistic: one adorned with a mere decal. He learned that the woman who had been making them had died and no one else in the parish knew the craft.

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Via Dolorosa pilgrims accept uncertainty about Jesus’ exact route

Via Dolorosa pilgrims accept uncertainty about Jesus’ exact route

| Judith Sudilovsky | March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Several pilgrim groups gathered in a sunny courtyard in Jerusalem’s Old City. They were preparing to follow a tradition reaching back at least to the fifth century: walking along the Via Dolorosa, through the cobbled streets of Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Patriarch: No to outside military in Syria

Patriarch: No to outside military in Syria

| Laura Ieraci | March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

The head of the Melkite Catholic Church rejected outright all calls for an international military intervention in Syria and urged Pope Francis and all Christian churches to “promote a concrete and realistic road map” to peace in the beleaguered nation.

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With world meeting planning, papal visit in higher gear

With world meeting planning, papal visit in higher gear

| Matthew Gambino | March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Organizing for the World Meeting of Families and the visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September has taken a major step forward with the announcement of the 15 committees and leadership charged with spearheading operations in hospitality, liturgy, volunteers and more.

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Catholic advocates push Congress for a budget that protects poor people

Catholic advocates push Congress for a budget that protects poor people

| Dennis Sadowski | March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Catholic advocates are pressing Congress to make the needs of poor and vulnerable people a priority as legislators hammer out a federal spending plan for 2016.

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Despite low Catholic marriage numbers, some see trend turning around

Despite low Catholic marriage numbers, some see trend turning around

| Nate Madden | March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The number of Catholic marriages in the United States is at its lowest point since 1965.

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A.D.: The Bible Continues

A.D.: The Bible Continues

| Christopher Heffron | March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

The opportunity to watch a biblical interpretation on the big or small screen can be a mixed blessing.

It’s certainly something of a novelty, given the current television culture, to see the story of Jesus’ earthly life — or its aftermath — unfold in a mass-media format. Yet audiences are at the mercy of the directors’ vision of the New Testament — and of its leading personalities.

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New York parade-goers number 2 million; gay group marches for first time

New York parade-goers number 2 million; gay group marches for first time

| March 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

For the first time in its history, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, the nation’s oldest and biggest parade, allowed a gay contingent to march, alienating some Catholics and angering others who wanted more gay organizations to be included in the event.

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