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With prayer, Catholics in Puerto Rico deal with Hurricane Maria’s wrath

With prayer, Catholics in Puerto Rico deal with Hurricane Maria’s wrath

| Rhina Guidos | September 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Authorities say it may take months for electricity to fully return to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island and its infrastructure as it made landfall Sept. 20.

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Mercy can scandalize those who don’t see their own sin, pope says

Mercy can scandalize those who don’t see their own sin, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | September 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

Celebrating the feast of St. Matthew, the anniversary of the day when as a 17-year-old he said he was overwhelmed by God’s mercy, Pope Francis said it was interesting how many Catholics today seem to be scandalized when God shows mercy to someone.

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Vatican signs treaty to ban nuclear weapons

Vatican signs treaty to ban nuclear weapons

| Cindy Wooden | September 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

The Holy See ratified and signed the new U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and the high-level Vatican diplomat who signed the treaty told a U.N. conference that the Catholic Church supports efforts “to move progressively toward a world free of nuclear weapons.”

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All in good time: Liturgy document unlikely to bring quick changes

All in good time: Liturgy document unlikely to bring quick changes

| Cindy Wooden | September 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

The shouts of joy and cries of despair that greeted Pope Francis’ recent changes to canon law regarding liturgical texts appear to be exaggerated.

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Pope says church was late fighting abuse, promises ‘zero tolerance’

Pope says church was late fighting abuse, promises ‘zero tolerance’

| Carol Glatz | September 21, 2017 | 6 Comments

Pope Francis has endorsed an approach of “zero tolerance” toward all members of the church guilty of sexually abusing minors or vulnerable adults.

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How to have hope: a guide from Pope Francis

How to have hope: a guide from Pope Francis

| Carol Glatz | September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Young people should love, believe and follow their dreams, never despairing because Jesus is always with them, Pope Francis said.

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Pope prays for victims of Mexico quake

Pope prays for victims of Mexico quake

| September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

As search and rescue operations continued in central Mexico, where more than 200 people died after a strong earthquake Sept. 19, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims.

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Catholic agencies prepared to help in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Catholic agencies prepared to help in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

| Rhina Guidos and Dennis Sadowski | September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Thousands sought shelter in Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Maria, called a “monster storm” by many, hit the Caribbean island just short of a Category 5 storm Sept. 20, with winds of 155 miles per hour.

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Rothers still rooted to land where martyred priest and siblings grew up

Rothers still rooted to land where martyred priest and siblings grew up

| Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick | September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tom Rother and his wife of 52 years, Marti, live on the farm where he grew up, less than an hour’s drive from their five children and 15 grandchildren.

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Bishop, Caritas staffer say situation in Mexico serious, much aid needed

Bishop, Caritas staffer say situation in Mexico serious, much aid needed

| September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

A Catholic bishop and a Caritas worker in Mexico said the situation was extremely serious after the Sept. 19 earthquake, and much aid would be needed.

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Church leaders offer prayers, Mexicans pitch in after earthquake

Church leaders offer prayers, Mexicans pitch in after earthquake

| David Agren | September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mexican church leaders offered prayers and urged generosity after an earthquake struck the national capital and its environs, claiming more than 240 lives — including at least 20 children trapped in a collapsed school.

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Aung San Suu Kyi is trapped by the generals. Can Pope Francis help?

Aung San Suu Kyi is trapped by the generals. Can Pope Francis help?

| September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

This commentary and analysis, written by Michael Sainsbury for ucanews.com, was published Sept. 18, the day before Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech condemning human rights violations. In that speech, Suu Kyi did not mention the term ethnic cleansing:

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