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Pope calls for gathering to find ways to end, prevent drug abuse

Pope calls for gathering to find ways to end, prevent drug abuse

| Carol Glatz | June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has requested a special study session at the Vatican to look at how to solve the growing problem of drug abuse, especially narcotics.

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Archbishop Hebda among bishops to implement ‘Joy of Love’

Archbishop Hebda among bishops to implement ‘Joy of Love’

The archbishop who heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has appointed the chairmen of five USCCB committees to an informal working group on the implementation of Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia.”

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Student says religious icons are ‘transitions, windows into spirituality’

Student says religious icons are ‘transitions, windows into spirituality’

| Mary K. Tilghman | June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Layer by layer, an icon comes to life. First dark colors obscure the brilliant white gesso covering a wooden board. Brighter and paler colors and shiny gold leaf follow.

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God has a weakness for humble hearts, pope says at audience

God has a weakness for humble hearts, pope says at audience

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

While the prayer of a proud person isn’t strong enough to reach God’s heart, the prayer of a humble and contrite heart is capable of opening wide the door to his mercy and love, Pope Francis said.

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Boys, girls make Year of Mercy pilgrimage to monasteries in Minnesota

Boys, girls make Year of Mercy pilgrimage to monasteries in Minnesota

| Kristi Anderson and Dianne Towalski | May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

The idea of a pilgrimage during the Year of Mercy took Benedictine Sister Lisa Kittock by storm.

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Chaplain’s duty is to bury the dead, but he also ministers to the living

Chaplain’s duty is to bury the dead, but he also ministers to the living

On a chilly February afternoon in Arlington National Cemetery, Father Joseph Brankatelli walked alone before a horse-drawn caisson bearing the remains of World War II veteran Robert Andre.

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Pope calls for prayers for Syria, children gone missing around world

Pope calls for prayers for Syria, children gone missing around world

| Carol Glatz | May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

“It is the duty of everyone to protect children, most of all those exposed to a high risk of exploitation, trafficking and deviant behaviors,” the pope said.

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Prayer is no magic wand; it strengthens faith in tough times, pope says

Prayer is no magic wand; it strengthens faith in tough times, pope says

| Carol Glatz | May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Faced with the judge’s indifference, the widow resorted to her only weapon — to keep incessantly pestering him, presenting him with her appeal for justice,” the pope said.

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Sainthood sometimes includes biting your tongue, pope says

Sainthood sometimes includes biting your tongue, pope says

| Carol Glatz | May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Holiness doesn’t depend on superhuman powers, but rather demands a heart filled with courage, hope and grace that strives for conversion each and every day, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

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USCCB abuse audit warns of complacency, cites ‘room for improvement’

USCCB abuse audit warns of complacency, cites ‘room for improvement’

| Mark Pattison | May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The annual report on the implementation of the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” warns against complacency in dioceses, and the firm contracted to conduct audits of dioceses and parishes said there was “plenty of room for improvement” in implementing two of the charter’s articles.

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Pope Benedict denies latest rumors about Fatima ‘secret’

Pope Benedict denies latest rumors about Fatima ‘secret’

| Cindy Wooden | May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sixteen years after the Vatican released the text of the so-called Third Secret of Fatima, rumors cyclically arise claiming that the Vatican still is keeping part of Mary’s message to three children in Fatima, Portugal, secret.

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Those who exploit for cheap labor are bloodsucking leeches, pope says

Those who exploit for cheap labor are bloodsucking leeches, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Human traffickers and unjust business owners who become wealthy by exploiting others for cheap labor commit a mortal sin, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

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