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Slain French priest was attack on ‘all of us,’ imam said

Slain French priest was attack on ‘all of us,’ imam said

| Carol Zimmermann | July 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

Father Jacques Hamel’s gruesome murder in northern France July 26 — by men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State — prompted sorrow and outrage from Muslim leaders around the world.

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‘Make trouble’ by creating culture of respect, pope tells Cuban youths

‘Make trouble’ by creating culture of respect, pope tells Cuban youths

| Carol Glatz | July 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

Fear nothing, break the chains that may bind you and bring hope to the world, Pope Francis told young people attending a special World Youth Day gathering in Cuba.

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Olympic pressure? Wrestler relies on faith to help him cope

Olympic pressure? Wrestler relies on faith to help him cope

| Kelly Seegers | July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Kyle Snyder’s knack for making history began during his junior year of high school, when he helped win the first-ever state championship for the wrestling team of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, Maryland. In March 2015, Snyder helped Ohio State win its first national title in wrestling, and in September of that same year, Snyder became the youngest world champion in the history of USA wrestling.

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Charges against Planned Parenthood video creators dropped

Charges against Planned Parenthood video creators dropped

| July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Harris County district attorney’s office dropped the last remaining charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt July 26.

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Youthful face of mercy can change the world, pope tells young people

Youthful face of mercy can change the world, pope tells young people

| Junno Arocho Esteves | July 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

The youthful face of God’s mercy can change the hearts of people who have lost hope, Pope Francis said.

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From marshy to manicured: Vatican Gardens’ gruesome past grows into green haven

From marshy to manicured: Vatican Gardens’ gruesome past grows into green haven

| July 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Today’s lush and immaculately manicured Vatican Gardens were once just a sprawl of mosquito-infested swamps, clay hillsides and hardy grape vines.

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Pope falls, not hurt at Mass; says God shows his greatness in humility

Pope falls, not hurt at Mass; says God shows his greatness in humility

| Junno Arocho Esteves | July 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

God chose to manifest his power not by amazing feats of greatness but rather through small acts of humility, choosing to enter the world as a child born of a woman, Pope Francis said.

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‘The world is at war,’ but religions are not, pope says on way to Krakow

‘The world is at war,’ but religions are not, pope says on way to Krakow

| Junno Arocho Esteves | July 27, 2016 | 4 Comments

The world, not religion, is waging a war in pieces, Pope Francis said.

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Pope urges Poles to value their memories, but be open to change

Pope urges Poles to value their memories, but be open to change

| Junno Arocho Esteves | July 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Poland’s memory and identity are the two catalysts that will lead the country forward and turn hopeless situations — such as those facing migrants — into opportunities for future generations, Pope Francis said.

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Interfaith service a chance for quiet reflection amid convention bustle

Interfaith service a chance for quiet reflection amid convention bustle

| Lou Baldwin | July 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Visitors to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention who might have wandered into the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul July 25 were given a respite of quiet interfaith prayer, away from the noisy exuberance and sometimes controversy that are part and parcel of a national political convention.

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Pope asks WYD pilgrims to accompany him with prayers during visit

Pope asks WYD pilgrims to accompany him with prayers during visit

| Junno Arocho Esteves | July 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

With his visit to World Youth Day only a few days away, Pope Francis asked young pilgrims to accompany his visit to Krakow, Poland, with prayers.

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Pope expresses shock over violence in French church

Pope expresses shock over violence in French church

| Cindy Wooden | July 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another act of “absurd violence” added to too many stories of senseless violence and death, said the Vatican spokesman.

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