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Nuncio criticizes both sides in Syrian conflict

Nuncio criticizes both sides in Syrian conflict

| July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

The papal nuncio to the United Nations criticized the “persistent refusal” of Syria’s warring factions to negotiate an end to the country’s 28-month-long civil war.

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Faith journey = walking 3,000 miles in 100 days

Faith journey = walking 3,000 miles in 100 days

| Kristi Anderson for The Catholic Spirit | July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

When Dick and Mary Beth Reinke watched their son, Daniel, take his first steps 20-some years ago, they never imagined he would be taking more than six million steps to walk across America on a personal pilgrimage of faith.

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Pope’s remark on gays does not change church teaching, cardinal says

Pope’s remark on gays does not change church teaching, cardinal says

| July 30, 2013 | 2 Comments

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, a July 30 guest on “CBS This Morning” to discuss the pope’s impromptu news conference on a papal flight the previous day, stressed that Pope Francis “would be the first to say, my job isn’t to change church teaching; my job is to present it as clearly as possible.”

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Catholic ethicist to head international religious freedom commission

Catholic ethicist to head international religious freedom commission

| July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Robert P. George, a Catholic legal scholar and ethicist who is the McCormick professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University, has been elected to head the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

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Krakow, Poland, to host World Youth Day 2016

Krakow, Poland, to host World Youth Day 2016

| July 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis made the announcement shortly after celebrating the final Mass of this year’s World Youth Day before a crowd of more than 3 million people on Copacabana beach.

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Pope tells bishops, other ministers fidelity is key to evangelization

Pope tells bishops, other ministers fidelity is key to evangelization

| July 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

“It is not enough simply to open the door in welcome,” Pope Francis said, “but we must go out through the door to seek and meet the people.”

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Christ’s cross eases suffering, teaches love, pope tells youths

Christ’s cross eases suffering, teaches love, pope tells youths

| July 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

With his cross and resurrection, Christ promises to walk with and ease the burden of every suffering person, whether that suffering comes from violence, addiction, a broken family, hunger, persecution or the death of a loved one, Pope Francis said.

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Pope is most influential, second most-followed world leader on Twitter

Pope is most influential, second most-followed world leader on Twitter

| Carol Glatz | July 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of retweets worldwide.

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A million young people jam Rio’s Copacabana beach to try to see pope

A million young people jam Rio’s Copacabana beach to try to see pope

| Lise Alves | July 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

“I saw the pope! I saw the pope!” yelled Hiago Ferreira de Araujo of Feira de Santana, Brazil, as he jumped up and down like a little kid who had just scored a goal.

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On stormy seashore, pope invites young people to follow Jesus

On stormy seashore, pope invites young people to follow Jesus

| July 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Even at its stormiest, the Sea of Galilee doesn’t have waves like those pounding Copacabana beach, but Pope Francis asked young Catholics to imagine they were with Jesus on the seashore and he was asking them to follow him and share his love with others.

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Fetuses from clinic won’t be released for burial by outside groups

Fetuses from clinic won’t be released for burial by outside groups

| Matthew Gambino | July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Despite requests by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput and Priests for Life founder Father Frank Pavone to bury 47 fetuses killed at the Women’s Medical Society led by abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office says the remains “will not be released to any unrelated third party,” said spokesman Jeff Moran in a statement.

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Denying worries over security, Vatican cancels popemobile ride

Denying worries over security, Vatican cancels popemobile ride

| Francis X. Rocca | July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

The cancellation of a scheduled popemobile ride through a working-class neighborhood suggests that, despite official assurances, Pope Francis’ chaotic entrance into the city July 22 may have raised concerns among those responsible for his safety during his first international trip as pope.

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