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Pope: Farmers must care for an earth more vulnerable to climate change

Pope: Farmers must care for an earth more vulnerable to climate change

| Carol Glatz | February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Farmers must find a delicate balance between reaping the precious gifts of the earth and protecting them for future generations, especially given the threat of climate change, Pope Francis said.

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Pontifical council to consider challenges women face in society, church

Pontifical council to consider challenges women face in society, church

| Cindy Wooden | February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Violence against women, cultural pressures regarding women’s physical appearance, attitudes that subjugate women or that ignore male-female differences and the growing alienation of women from the church in some parts of the world are themes the Pontifical Council for Culture is set to explore.

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Poverty stems from unjust economic system, not big families, pope says

Poverty stems from unjust economic system, not big families, pope says

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Families who have lots of children do not cause poverty, Pope Francis said.

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U.S. & World News briefs – January 29, 2015

U.S. & World News briefs – January 29, 2015

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

U.S. House aims to restrict taxpayer funding of abortion
Pope signs sainthood cause decree for U.S.-born priest

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Pope says he will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra in Washington

Pope says he will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra in Washington

| Francis X. Rocca | January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis said his September trip to the U.S. will take him to Philadelphia, New York and Washington — where he intends to canonize Blessed Junipero Serra — but probably no other stops.

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Catholic official: Funding running out for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

Catholic official: Funding running out for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

| Dale Gavlak | January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Catholic official warned that funding will soon run out to feed and house thousands of Iraqi Christians sheltering in Jordan after being made homeless by Islamic State militants.

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Vatican sending $3.5 million to help church response to Ebola

Vatican sending $3.5 million to help church response to Ebola

| Carol Glatz | January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Vatican is helping Catholic dioceses and agencies step up the fight against Ebola and is urging other donors to help.

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Catechism, yoga, Zen cannot open people’s hearts to God, pope says

Catechism, yoga, Zen cannot open people’s hearts to God, pope says

| Carol Glatz | January 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

Courses in yoga, Zen meditation, even extensive studies in church teaching and spirituality can never free people enough to open their hearts to God and his love, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

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Possible acceleration of Romero sainthood cause creates mixed emotions

Possible acceleration of Romero sainthood cause creates mixed emotions

| Chaz Muth | January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Scholars who have studied the life of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero say a reading of the tea leaves suggest advancement of his sainthood cause is imminent.

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In Philippines, spirituality includes warfare against forces of darkness

In Philippines, spirituality includes warfare against forces of darkness

| Simone Orendain | January 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the months leading up to Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, church leaders emphasized “spiritual preparation,” such as a special prayer for the pope at the end of each Mass and a reminder to carry out small acts of kindness toward the less fortunate.

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Pope offers Mass for victims of Paris attack

Pope offers Mass for victims of Paris attack

| Cindy Wooden | January 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

The morning after 12 people were shot to death and 11 others injured at the Paris office of a satirical weekly newspaper, Pope Francis dedicated his early morning Mass to the victims and their families.

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World without mothers would be inhumane, lacking tenderness, pope says

World without mothers would be inhumane, lacking tenderness, pope says

| Carol Glatz | January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mothers are indispensable to society and the church, showing the world what it means to generously give oneself for others, to respect life and to display tenderness and moral strength even in times of trouble, Pope Francis said.

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