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Pope joins homeless people for private tour of Sistine Chapel

Pope joins homeless people for private tour of Sistine Chapel

| Cindy Wooden | March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

While enjoying a private visit to the Sistine Chapel, a group of VIP guests — homeless people who live around the Vatican — were surprised by a visit from Pope Francis.

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Via Dolorosa pilgrims accept uncertainty about Jesus’ exact route

Via Dolorosa pilgrims accept uncertainty about Jesus’ exact route

| Judith Sudilovsky | March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Several pilgrim groups gathered in a sunny courtyard in Jerusalem’s Old City. They were preparing to follow a tradition reaching back at least to the fifth century: walking along the Via Dolorosa, through the cobbled streets of Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Patriarch: No to outside military in Syria

Patriarch: No to outside military in Syria

| Laura Ieraci | March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

The head of the Melkite Catholic Church rejected outright all calls for an international military intervention in Syria and urged Pope Francis and all Christian churches to “promote a concrete and realistic road map” to peace in the beleaguered nation.

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With world meeting planning, papal visit in higher gear

With world meeting planning, papal visit in higher gear

| Matthew Gambino | March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Organizing for the World Meeting of Families and the visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September has taken a major step forward with the announcement of the 15 committees and leadership charged with spearheading operations in hospitality, liturgy, volunteers and more.

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Catholic advocates push Congress for a budget that protects poor people

Catholic advocates push Congress for a budget that protects poor people

| Dennis Sadowski | March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Catholic advocates are pressing Congress to make the needs of poor and vulnerable people a priority as legislators hammer out a federal spending plan for 2016.

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Despite low Catholic marriage numbers, some see trend turning around

Despite low Catholic marriage numbers, some see trend turning around

| Nate Madden | March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The number of Catholic marriages in the United States is at its lowest point since 1965.

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New York parade-goers number 2 million; gay group marches for first time

New York parade-goers number 2 million; gay group marches for first time

| March 23, 2015 | 1 Comment

For the first time in its history, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, the nation’s oldest and biggest parade, allowed a gay contingent to march, alienating some Catholics and angering others who wanted more gay organizations to be included in the event.

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Saint’s relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis

Saint’s relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis

| Alvaro de Juana | March 23, 2015 | 2 Comments

While Pope Francis was giving some advice to the religious, priests and seminarians of Naples on Saturday, a miracle occurred: a vial of dried blood from a fourth century saint liquefied.

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Welcome children, learn from them, pope says at audience

Welcome children, learn from them, pope says at audience

| Cindy Wooden | March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Children are a blessing for humanity and for the church, bringing new life and energy to families and society, Pope Francis said.

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U.N. says Pope Francis will visit morning of Sept. 25

U.N. says Pope Francis will visit morning of Sept. 25

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement that Pope Francis would visit the United Nations the morning of Sept. 25 to address the U.N. General Assembly.

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God loves us, has dreams for us, pope says

God loves us, has dreams for us, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

God’s dreams for his people are the dreams of a lover for his beloved; they are dreams of building a future together that is filled with joy, Pope Francis said.

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Pope: Kids need values, hope from teachers; teachers need better pay

Pope: Kids need values, hope from teachers; teachers need better pay

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Teaching is about giving young people, especially troublemakers, values and hope, and it is “an injustice” that today’s educators are paid so poorly, Pope Francis said.

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