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Pope tells bishops, other ministers fidelity is key to evangelization

Pope tells bishops, other ministers fidelity is key to evangelization

| July 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

“It is not enough simply to open the door in welcome,” Pope Francis said, “but we must go out through the door to seek and meet the people.”

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Christ’s cross eases suffering, teaches love, pope tells youths

Christ’s cross eases suffering, teaches love, pope tells youths

| July 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

With his cross and resurrection, Christ promises to walk with and ease the burden of every suffering person, whether that suffering comes from violence, addiction, a broken family, hunger, persecution or the death of a loved one, Pope Francis said.

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Pope is most influential, second most-followed world leader on Twitter

Pope is most influential, second most-followed world leader on Twitter

| Carol Glatz | July 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of retweets worldwide.

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A million young people jam Rio’s Copacabana beach to try to see pope

A million young people jam Rio’s Copacabana beach to try to see pope

| Lise Alves | July 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

“I saw the pope! I saw the pope!” yelled Hiago Ferreira de Araujo of Feira de Santana, Brazil, as he jumped up and down like a little kid who had just scored a goal.

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On stormy seashore, pope invites young people to follow Jesus

On stormy seashore, pope invites young people to follow Jesus

| July 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Even at its stormiest, the Sea of Galilee doesn’t have waves like those pounding Copacabana beach, but Pope Francis asked young Catholics to imagine they were with Jesus on the seashore and he was asking them to follow him and share his love with others.

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Fetuses from clinic won’t be released for burial by outside groups

Fetuses from clinic won’t be released for burial by outside groups

| Matthew Gambino | July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Despite requests by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and Priests for Life founder Father Frank Pavone to bury 47 fetuses killed at the Women’s Medical Society led by abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office says the remains “will not be released to any unrelated third party,” said spokesman Jeff Moran in a statement.

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Denying worries over security, Vatican cancels popemobile ride

Denying worries over security, Vatican cancels popemobile ride

| Francis X. Rocca | July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

The cancellation of a scheduled popemobile ride through a working-class neighborhood suggests that, despite official assurances, Pope Francis’ chaotic entrance into the city July 22 may have raised concerns among those responsible for his safety during his first international trip as pope.

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Barricades against protesters put damper on pope’s well-wishers

Barricades against protesters put damper on pope’s well-wishers

| Lise Alves | July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

The dream of trying to see Pope Francis up close ended at a police barricade for 74-year-old Odaleia Bastos.

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English archbishop calls birth of prince ‘source of joy’ for world

English archbishop calls birth of prince ‘source of joy’ for world

| Simon Caldwell | July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

The birth of the royal prince is a “source of joy” for people around the world, said the president of the English and Welsh bishops’ conference.

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World Youth Day by the numbers: pilgrims, toilets and security patrols

World Youth Day by the numbers: pilgrims, toilets and security patrols

| Lise Alves | July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

As hundreds of thousands of young Catholic pilgrims descend on Brazil, World Youth Day coordinators in Rio de Janeiro are putting the finishing touches on preparations for up to 2.5 million people.

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Archbishop encourages Catholics to seek wisdom, witness to their faith

Archbishop encourages Catholics to seek wisdom, witness to their faith

| July 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The need for the nation’s Catholics to seek wisdom and witness to their faith is all the more urgent at a time of increasing threats to the dignity of life, marriage and religious freedom, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said July 8.

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Vatican announces indulgences for World Youth Day

Vatican announces indulgences for World Youth Day

| Carol Glatz | July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

To help encourage prayers for a spiritually fruitful World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, the Vatican announced July 9 that Pope Francis authorized a special indulgence for those who attend the event’s liturgies and prayer services or follow along online in the proper spirit of prayer and contrition.

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