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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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‘All of us’ are equally important in the church, pope says at audience

‘All of us’ are equally important in the church, pope says at audience

| Cindy Wooden | June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

The stability of the church requires that it be built on Jesus, but its beauty and strength also rely on the contributions of each and every Christian, Pope Francis said.

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The superficial and the rigid ‘masquerade’ as Christians, pope says

The superficial and the rigid ‘masquerade’ as Christians, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Christianity isn’t a school for teaching a superficial form of being nice to everyone, but it’s also not a boot camp where everything is rigidity, rules and long faces, Pope Francis said.

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Harley Heaven

Harley Heaven

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of Harley bikers lined the main road leading to the Vatican before the service celebrating the sacredness of life.

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Catholics must grow in love of God, neighbor, pope says at audience

Catholics must grow in love of God, neighbor, pope says at audience

| June 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

Christians have “far to go” if they seek to be known primarily for their love of God and neighbor, Pope Francis said.

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Wealth obscures power of God’s word, free gift of salvation, pope says

Wealth obscures power of God’s word, free gift of salvation, pope says

| Carol Glatz | June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

A church that is rich and lacking in praise for the Lord is an old, lifeless church that neglects the true treasure of God’s free gift of grace and salvation, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

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Pope nixes ‘boring’ practice of reading text to students, uses Q&A

Pope nixes ‘boring’ practice of reading text to students, uses Q&A

Pope Francis ditched a 1,250-word prepared speech to students saying it would be “a tad boring” to read out loud and opted instead to just quickly hit the high points and spend the rest of the time answering people’s questions.

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Boy Scouts vote to allow youths with same-sex attraction as members

Boy Scouts vote to allow youths with same-sex attraction as members

| From staff and wire reports | June 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

The Boy Scouts of America’s National Council voted May 23 to allow openly homosexual youths admittance as members into the 103-year-old organization, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

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Pope’s Sunday focuses on need for peace, gift of Eucharist

Pope’s Sunday focuses on need for peace, gift of Eucharist

| Cindy Wooden | June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

The horror of war, the valor of peacemaking and the gift of the Eucharist were on Pope Francis’ mind June 2, the day Italy celebrates its establishment as a republic and the day most dioceses around the world celebrated the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

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Pope Francis: What have you done to make the church holy, welcoming?

Pope Francis: What have you done to make the church holy, welcoming?

| Cindy Wooden | May 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

All Catholics must ask themselves what they personally have done lately to build up the holiness of the church and ensure people feel welcomed and loved in it, Pope Francis said.

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Recognize your sin, ask forgiveness, pope says at Mass

Recognize your sin, ask forgiveness, pope says at Mass

| Cindy Wooden | May 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

The key problem in everyone’s relationship with God is not that they sin, but that they are not ashamed of their sin and don’t ask forgiveness, Pope Francis said.

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