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Investigation of stolen Michelangelo notes underway after ransom demand

Investigation of stolen Michelangelo notes underway after ransom demand

| Carol Glatz | March 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

A top Vatican official received a ransom demand for the return of Renaissance-era documents by the artist Michelangelo.

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Female staff increases at Vatican, but women are still minority

Female staff increases at Vatican, but women are still minority

| Laura Ieraci | March 6, 2015 | 1 Comment

The number of women working for Vatican City State has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, while the number of women in leadership positions in the Roman Curia remains low, with only two women serving as undersecretaries.

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Encouraging someone to go to confession is act of mercy, official says

Encouraging someone to go to confession is act of mercy, official says

| Cindy Wooden | March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

After going to confession, Catholics should perform a “corporal work of mercy” by inviting someone else to receive the sacrament, said a top Vatican official who deals with matters relating to conscience.

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Four national Catholic publications call for ending the death penalty

Four national Catholic publications call for ending the death penalty

| March 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Four nationally circulated Catholic publications called for abolishing the death penalty in the United States in a jointly published editorial.

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Feed my sheep: Why shepherding is ideal internship for church leaders

Feed my sheep: Why shepherding is ideal internship for church leaders

| Carol Glatz | March 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

“The fathers of the Bible” — those, like Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Moses and David — who God chose to lead his people, “are all shepherds of sheep,” in the real sense that they spent years with staff in hand feeding, protecting and caring for wooly ruminants, said Sister Elena Bosetti, a member of the Sisters of Jesus Good Shepherd.

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Pope: Putting trust in world, not God, blinds people to needs of others

Pope: Putting trust in world, not God, blinds people to needs of others

| Carol Glatz | March 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Worldliness transforms souls, it makes (people) lose touch with reality: They live in a fake world they have made,” he said March 5 in his homily at a morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.

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Pope plans to canonize St. Therese’s parents during family synod

Pope plans to canonize St. Therese’s parents during family synod

| Cindy Wooden | March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis is expected to canonize Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, during the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October.

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‘Selma’ prompts painful memories for Sister of St. Joseph who marched

‘Selma’ prompts painful memories for Sister of St. Joseph who marched

| Dave Luecking | March 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sister Barbara experienced Selma firsthand a half century ago. A native St. Louisan and sister for nine years, she traveled with a delegation of women religious, priests and ministers from Kansas City — it was her first plane ride — and spent three days in Selma March 12-14, 1965.

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Shroud shows what pain Jesus endured

Shroud shows what pain Jesus endured

| John Franko | March 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

Donald Nohs, who is an expert on the Shroud of Turin, widely believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus, talked to a Pittsburgh audience about the evidence of authenticity for the shroud.

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Vatican security always on high alert after IS threats

Vatican security always on high alert after IS threats

| Cindy Wooden | March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

The head of Vatican security said Islamic State militants have threatened the Vatican, but there are no indications of any planned attack.

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18 tips from Pope Francis for confession preparation

18 tips from Pope Francis for confession preparation

| Carol Glatz | February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Catholics should go to confession, the pope said, because everyone needs forgiveness for their sins, for the ways “we think and act contrary to the Gospel.”

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Religious leaders urge action to combat climate change

Religious leaders urge action to combat climate change

| Mark Pattison | February 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

Religious leaders from across the faith spectrum gathered Feb. 20 at the Capitol to seek action to combat climate change and to mitigate its effects, whether it be at the federal level or in local communities.

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