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‘Let’s begin this journey’

‘Let’s begin this journey’

| March 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

First pope from Latin America has always been close to the people

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Sequestered by conclave, cardinals missed births, rain, cellphones

Sequestered by conclave, cardinals missed births, rain, cellphones

| Carol Glatz | March 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Once you get in there, you will feel the gentle breeze of the Holy Spirit, and you’ll see God’s grace very much at work.”

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Pope Francis begins papacy pledging to protect church, human dignity

Pope Francis begins papacy pledging to protect church, human dignity

| Cindy Wooden | March 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis formally began his ministry as bishop of Rome and as pope by pledging to protect the Catholic Church, the dignity of each person and the beauty of creation, just like St. Joseph protected Mary and Jesus.

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Pope begins ministry with biblical symbols, signs of universal ministry

Pope begins ministry with biblical symbols, signs of universal ministry

| Cindy Wooden | March 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission.

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At first Angelus, Pope Francis says God never tires of forgiving

At first Angelus, Pope Francis says God never tires of forgiving

| March 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Earlier that morning, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Church of St. Anne inside Vatican City, where his homily also treated the subject of divine mercy. He also sent his first official Tweet.

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Pope asks Argentines to donate to poor instead of traveling to Rome

Pope asks Argentines to donate to poor instead of traveling to Rome

| March 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

“Pope Francis did not forbid them to come,” said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, but he said he would prefer their continued prayers and acts of charity.

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Confessors called to help Catholics recognize God’s love

Confessors called to help Catholics recognize God’s love

| March 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

The sacrament of penance, or reconciliation, helps Catholics recognize “the truth about themselves: that they are beloved children of the Father, who is rich in mercy,” said Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro.

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St. Thomas hockey: Titles come in threes

St. Thomas hockey: Titles come in threes

| March 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights celebrate their team’s 5-4 win over Hermantown in the Class A championship game March 9 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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Pope Francis starts first day with Marian prayer, bill paying

Pope Francis starts first day with Marian prayer, bill paying

| March 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

The new pope left the Domus Sanctae Marthae at 8 a.m. March 14 for a five-minute drive to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, where he prayed before an icon of Mary and the child Jesus beloved by Romans.

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Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio elected pope, takes name Francis

Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio elected pope, takes name Francis

| March 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76 was elected the 266th pope and took the name Francis.

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White smoke: Cardinals elect new pope on fifth ballot

White smoke: Cardinals elect new pope on fifth ballot

| Cindy Wooden | March 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

To the delighted surprise of many, clouds of white smoke poured from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel March 13, indicating a pope had been elected on the conclave’s fifth ballot.

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In pre-conclave homily, Cardinal calls for unity

In pre-conclave homily, Cardinal calls for unity

| Francis X. Rocca | March 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hours before the start of the conclave that is choosing the next pope, the dean of the College of Cardinals celebrated the papacy as a source of unity among Catholics and of evangelization and charitable service to the world.

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