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Franciscan convent to shelter refugees

Franciscan convent to shelter refugees

| Carol Glatz | April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

A medieval Franciscan convent near Assisi, Italy, opened its doors once again to offer refugees shelter and assistance.

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A little bit country: Pope looks at the nitty-gritty of family life

A little bit country: Pope looks at the nitty-gritty of family life

| Cindy Wooden | April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ hymn to love and family life is more like a country song than a Disney tune.

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Pope names papal nuncio to Mexico to be new nuncio to the United States

Pope names papal nuncio to Mexico to be new nuncio to the United States

| April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to Mexico since 2007, to be the new apostolic nuncio to the United States.

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Observers say apostolic exhortation can help church model mercy to families

Observers say apostolic exhortation can help church model mercy to families

| Dennis Sadowski | April 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on love and the family invites the church to see the daily struggles of families as an opportunity to encounter people the way Jesus encountered people with mercy throughout his life, Catholic observers said.

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Church leaders hail document’s mercy but caution against hurried reading

Church leaders hail document’s mercy but caution against hurried reading

| April 8, 2016 | 1 Comment

Church leaders from around the world hailed the tone of mercy in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), but cautioned against a hurried reading of the document.

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Gestures, spirituality are essential in family life, pope says

Gestures, spirituality are essential in family life, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Simple gestures such as a kind look or a morning kiss and family prayer can strengthen couples in living out their vocation to marriage, Pope Francis said in his apostolic exhortation.

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Cardinal: Document on family develops doctrine, doesn’t change it

Cardinal: Document on family develops doctrine, doesn’t change it

| Carol Glatz | April 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ document on the family reflects an “organic development” of church teaching and doctrine, said Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, theologian and participant in both synods that dealt with the topic.

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Papal doc: Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling

Papal doc: Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling

| April 8, 2016 | 1 Comment

The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipated postsynodal apostolic exhortation.

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For Catholic astronauts, flying to space doesn’t mean giving up the faith

For Catholic astronauts, flying to space doesn’t mean giving up the faith

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

On the International Space Station there’s a place, while filled with robotic equipment, where astronauts like to hang out. Called the Cupola, the small module has seven large bay windows that give crew members a panoramic view of Earth.

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Pope to release document on the family April 8

Pope to release document on the family April 8

| Cindy Wooden | April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Amoris Laetitia” is what is known as a “postsynodal apostolic exhortation,” a document addressed to the whole church reflecting on themes of church life and faith that have been discussed at a gathering of the Synod of Bishops.

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Saint’s relics found in rubble of church destroyed by terrorists

Saint’s relics found in rubble of church destroyed by terrorists

| Gaby Maniscalco | April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

The relics of Syrian St. Elian, which originally were thought to have been destroyed by members of the so-called Islamic State militia, have been found amid the rubble of the desecrated Mar Elian Church in Qaryatain, Syria.

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God excludes no one from his love; offers mercy, not hate, pope says

God excludes no one from his love; offers mercy, not hate, pope says

| Carol Glatz | April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Jesus brought humanity God’s merciful, saving love, not hatred and animosity, Pope Francis said.

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