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At Easter, pope calls Christians to be channels of mercy, justice and peace

At Easter, pope calls Christians to be channels of mercy, justice and peace

| March 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis said he would like to bring the good news of Christ’s resurrection to each person on earth, “to every house and every family, especially where suffering is greatest: in hospitals, in prisons.”

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Indulgences? Yep. Remedies to bring us back to God

Indulgences? Yep. Remedies to bring us back to God

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

The church never sold indulgences; they are great gifts offered to the people of God by Jesus through his Church

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Catholic pilgrimage is part of event promoting Ireland

Catholic pilgrimage is part of event promoting Ireland

| March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

An organization called WorldPriest is offering a pilgrimage for priests and their parishioners and friends from around the world to experience the cultural heritage and spirituality of the Emerald Isle as part of “Gathering Ireland 2013.”

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Catholics called to take action to make kingdom ‘visible’ in world

Catholics called to take action to make kingdom ‘visible’ in world

| Mark Zimmermann | March 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

In his book “Faith That Transforms Us: Reflections on the Creed,” Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl encourages Catholics to pray, reflect and then act on the Nicene Creed that they recite at each Mass.

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Pope Francis changes Holy Thursday plans to celebrate Mass in prison

Pope Francis changes Holy Thursday plans to celebrate Mass in prison

| March 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has decided to celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a Rome juvenile detention facility and wash the feet of some of the young detainees.

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Papal coat of arms features motto by English doctor of Church

Papal coat of arms features motto by English doctor of Church

| Carol Glatz | March 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ papal motto is based on the Gospel account of “The Call of St. Matthew,” the tax collector, in a homily given by St. Bede the Venerable.

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Pope explains why he chose St. Francis of Assisi’s name

Pope explains why he chose St. Francis of Assisi’s name

| March 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis said that “as things got dangerous” in the conclave voting, he was sitting next to his “great friend,” Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes “who comforted me.”

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As archbishop, pope made outreach to poor a priority

As archbishop, pope made outreach to poor a priority

| David Agren | March 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mass at Christ the Worker Parish in Buenos Aires is celebrated on a cement soccer pitch. There, parishioners sit on portable pews and relax on the embankment of an overpass; shipping containers soar over the fence behind the altar.

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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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