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Foot-washing ritual not limited to men, Vatican says in new decree

Foot-washing ritual not limited to men, Vatican says in new decree

| Junno Arocho Esteves | January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Following a request by Pope Francis, the Vatican issued a decree specifying that the Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual can include “all members of the people of God,” including women — a practice already observed by the pope and many priests around the world.

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El Paso Mass scrapped, but not papal Mass across border

El Paso Mass scrapped, but not papal Mass across border

| January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Diocese of El Paso has scrapped plans for a border Mass that would have taken place at the same time as the closing Mass of Pope Francis’ Feb. 12-17 visit to Mexico.

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March for Life changes venues, strengthens message

March for Life changes venues, strengthens message

| Kurt Jensen | January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

The annual March for Life, set for Jan. 22, will convene in a new location in the nation’s capital for the traditional midday rally.

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Pope to migrants: Don’t be robbed of hope, joy

Pope to migrants: Don’t be robbed of hope, joy

| Junno Arocho Esteves | January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Welcoming thousands of migrants and refugees to the Vatican for their own Year of Mercy celebration, Pope Francis urged them to resist everything that would rob them of hope and joy.

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Pope makes ‘mercy Friday’ visit to elderly, infirm

Pope makes ‘mercy Friday’ visit to elderly, infirm

| Cindy Wooden | January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

As part of his personal observance of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis made an unannounced, “private” visit to a retirement home and to a group home for people in a persistent vegetative state, the Vatican said.

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Vatican to care for homeless woman who gave birth outside of St. Peter’s

Vatican to care for homeless woman who gave birth outside of St. Peter’s

| Junno Arocho Esteves | January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

A homeless woman was offered a place to stay at a Vatican women’s shelter after she gave birth to a baby girl near the colonnade surrounding St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican spokesman said.

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Vatican not a ‘den of thieves,’ says top official

Vatican not a ‘den of thieves,’ says top official

| Carol Glatz | January 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Vatican is not “a den of thieves,” and such insinuations are an injustice to employees who are proud to serve the pope and the Church, said Archbishop Angelo Becciu, a top official in the Vatican Secretariat of State.

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Mary’s intercession credited for saving Missouri farmland from floods

Mary’s intercession credited for saving Missouri farmland from floods

| Jennifer Brinker and Dave Luecking | January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Perhaps it was merely coincidence.

Or perhaps not.

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Pope to teens: Don’t fall for hate, fearmongers; find nice friends

Pope to teens: Don’t fall for hate, fearmongers; find nice friends

| Carol Glatz | January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Don’t fall for hate and fearmongering from others; make new friends instead and always help and show concern for others, Pope Francis told the world’s teens.

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Politics of mercy: Pope knows ‘welcoming the stranger’ is controversial

Politics of mercy: Pope knows ‘welcoming the stranger’ is controversial

| Cindy Wooden | January 15, 2016 | 1 Comment

The Italian comedian talking about a new Pope Francis book was not joking when he said being a minister of God’s mercy can have social and political implications.

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Supreme Court rules Florida’s death penalty system unconstitutional

Supreme Court rules Florida’s death penalty system unconstitutional

| January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 12 said the state of Florida’s death penalty system is unconstitutional because it allows judges, rather than juries, to determine whether a convicted criminal should get a death sentence.

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State of Union address quickly highlights key Catholic issues

State of Union address quickly highlights key Catholic issues

| Carol Zimmermann | January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Although President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address Jan. 12 hit a fair amount of key Catholic issues, it did not go into detail on them.

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