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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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God created all people, desires to save them, pope says on Epiphany

God created all people, desires to save them, pope says on Epiphany

| Cindy Wooden | January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

In every age and in every culture, people seek God just as the Three Kings did and, in every age, with the help of the Holy Spirit, they find him in the surprising humility of a baby born in a manger, Pope Francis said.

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Vatican secretary of state expects pope to visit New York, Washington

Vatican secretary of state expects pope to visit New York, Washington

| Francis X. Rocca | January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Vatican secretary of state said he expects Pope Francis to visit New York City and Washington, D.C., during his September trip to the United States.

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Pope names 15 new cardinal electors, most from global South

Pope names 15 new cardinal electors, most from global South

| Francis X. Rocca | January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Underscoring the geographical diversity of his selections, Pope Francis named 15 cardinal electors “from 14 nations of every continent, showing the inseparable link between the church of Rome and the particular churches present in the world.”

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New Year’s Eve is time for examination of conscience, pope says

New Year’s Eve is time for examination of conscience, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The end of one calendar year and the beginning of another is the perfect occasion to reflect on how well people have used the time and gifts God has given them — especially how well people have helped the poor, Pope Francis said.

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In Middle East, a year marked by upheaval leaves millions suffering

In Middle East, a year marked by upheaval leaves millions suffering

| Barb Fraze | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The story of the Middle East in 2014 is one of war and displacement, broken families and tireless aid workers, and the rise of a new group one scholar referred to as “al-Qaida on steroids.”

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Lawsuits on health care law’s mandate, subsidies wind through courts

Lawsuits on health care law’s mandate, subsidies wind through courts

| Liz O'Connor | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Despite the positive experiences many have had with the Affordable Care Act, it has not been without controversy.

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Millions of those previously uninsured now have some kind of coverage

Millions of those previously uninsured now have some kind of coverage

| Liz O'Connor | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The figures vary slightly from one study to another, but it’s clear that millions of Americans who had no health insurance in 2013 now have at least some coverage.

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Despite year-end budget deal, future spending trends less certain

Despite year-end budget deal, future spending trends less certain

| Dennis Sadowski | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The $1.1 trillion federal spending bill approved by Congress avoided a repeat of last year’s government shutdown and largely kept in place social services spending, especially programs benefiting low-income families.

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Pope Francis continues to take ‘the world by storm’

Pope Francis continues to take ‘the world by storm’

| Carol Zimmermann | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

During the second year of his pontificate, Pope Francis was still feeling the love, and not just from Catholics or those from his homeland of Argentina.

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