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Canonization date for John Paul II, John XXIII to be known in September

Canonization date for John Paul II, John XXIII to be known in September

| Cindy Wooden | August 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis will host a meeting of cardinals Sept. 30 to formally approve the canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII; the date for the canonization will be announced at that time, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes.

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Pope denounces ‘poison’ of consumerism in ‘society based on profit’

Pope denounces ‘poison’ of consumerism in ‘society based on profit’

| Francis X. Rocca | August 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis denounced consumerism as a poison that threatens true happiness, which comes from membership in the church.

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World Youth Day in pictures

World Youth Day in pictures

| July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

The story of World Youth Day from Rio de Janeiro in photos

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Pope says he’d rather trust God than live in bullet-proof bubble

Pope says he’d rather trust God than live in bullet-proof bubble

| Cindy Wooden | July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

With a few Vatican police standing at attention in the very back of the Alitalia plane flying him back to Rome, Pope Francis told reporters about his security even before being asked.

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Pope commissions young people to be missionaries without borders

Pope commissions young people to be missionaries without borders

| July 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis commissioned some 3 million young people — including some from Minnesota — to join forces and form what could be called Missionaries Without Borders. “Where does Jesus send us?” he asked World Youth Day pilgrims July 28. “There are no borders, no limits: He sends us to everyone.”

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Pope returns to Marian shrine, entrusts WYD to Mary’s care

Pope returns to Marian shrine, entrusts WYD to Mary’s care

| Cindy Wooden | July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Comfortable in the presence of Mary and at a shrine that symbolizes one of his most important experiences as a member of the Latin American bishops’ council, Pope Francis kicked off five days of intense activity with an act of devotion.

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Crowds in Rio swarm pope, who wanted to be ‘close to the people’

Crowds in Rio swarm pope, who wanted to be ‘close to the people’

| Francis X. Rocca | July 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of cheering people welcomed Pope Francis to Brazil July 22 as he made the first international trip of his pontificate to his native region of Latin America.

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Vatican updates laws; pope expands jurisdiction of Vatican court

Vatican updates laws; pope expands jurisdiction of Vatican court

| Cindy Wooden | July 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has approved a major updating of the criminal laws of Vatican City State, including in areas dealing with child abuse and terrorism financing, and has ruled that any Vatican employee can be tried by the Vatican court for violating those laws.

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Pope calls for repentance over treatment of migrants

Pope calls for repentance over treatment of migrants

Before saying a word publicly, Pope Francis made the sign of the cross and tossed a wreath of white and yellow flowers into the Mediterranean Sea in memory of the estimated 20,000 African immigrants who have died in the past 25 years trying to reach a new life in Europe.

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Pope consecrates Vatican City to St. Joseph, St. Michael the Archangel

Pope consecrates Vatican City to St. Joseph, St. Michael the Archangel

| Cindy Wooden | July 8, 2013 | 1 Comment

With retired Pope Benedict XVI sitting next to him, Pope Francis formally recited separate prayers to consecrate Vatican City to St. Joseph and to St. Michael the Archangel.

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Pope clears way for canonizations of John Paul II, John XXIII

Pope clears way for canonizations of John Paul II, John XXIII

No date for a canonization ceremony was announced, but it is likely that the two popes will be canonized together, possibly “by the end of the year.”

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In first encyclical, pope celebrates faith as the light of human life

In first encyclical, pope celebrates faith as the light of human life

Publication of the encyclical titled “Lumen Fidei” (“The Light of Faith”) was one of the most awaited events of the Year of Faith which began last October.

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