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Help end ‘absurd’ conflicts with penance, prayer, pope says

Help end ‘absurd’ conflicts with penance, prayer, pope says

| Carol Glatz | May 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

More penance and prayers are needed to end the wars underway today and so many “absurd” conflicts, Pope Francis said.

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Returning from Fatima, pope says he has doubts about Medjugorje

Returning from Fatima, pope says he has doubts about Medjugorje

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

While the investigations into the very first alleged apparitions at Medjugorje in must continue, Pope Francis said he has doubts about claims that Mary continues to appear in the village of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Fatima seers become church’s youngest non-martyred saints

Fatima seers become church’s youngest non-martyred saints

Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, but more importantly, he said, they heeded the call to pray for sinners and trust in the Lord.

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Mary teaches people to hope in life’s darkest moments, pope says

Mary teaches people to hope in life’s darkest moments, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mary, like many mothers throughout the world, is an example of strength and courage in accepting new life and in sharing the suffering of their children, Pope Francis said.

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Pope says Fatima visit is pilgrimage of peace and hope

Pope says Fatima visit is pilgrimage of peace and hope

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a video message to the people of Portugal, Pope Francis said he would visit Fatima as a pilgrim of peace and to entrust the world to Mary’s immaculate heart.

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Learn to know Jesus’ voice by reading the Bible, pope says

Learn to know Jesus’ voice by reading the Bible, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | May 9, 2017 | 1 Comment

To know and follow Jesus, a Christian must read the Bible and learn to pray with it, allowing the Holy Spirit to help one understand it and put it into practice, Pope Francis said.

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Bishops among first signatories to pledge to end death penalty

Bishops among first signatories to pledge to end death penalty

| Mark Pattison | May 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bishops attending a meeting were among the first to sign the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty at the U.S. bishops’ headquarters building May 9.

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Devil, not invaders, biggest enemy at hand, pope tells Swiss Guard

Devil, not invaders, biggest enemy at hand, pope tells Swiss Guard

| Carol Glatz | May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Be ready with the spiritual weapon of faith because the biggest battle facing the Swiss Guard today is fighting the devil and worldly vices, Pope Francis told the guard’s members.

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Head of French bishops welcomes Macron’s election

Head of French bishops welcomes Macron’s election

The head of the French bishops’ conference welcomed the election of President-elect Emmanuel Macron and said he hoped June legislative elections would not place the country “in an ungovernable situation.”

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U.S. bishops’ committee chairman: Fix flaws in American Health Care Act

U.S. bishops’ committee chairman: Fix flaws in American Health Care Act

| Mark Pattison | May 5, 2017 | 1 Comment

The American Health Care Act that passed by a four-vote margin May 4 in the House has “major defects,” said Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Social Development.

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Vatican launches Belgium euthanasia investigation

Vatican launches Belgium euthanasia investigation

| Simon Caldwell | May 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Vatican is investigating the decision of a group of psychiatric care centers run by a Catholic religious order in Belgium to permit doctors to perform euthanasia of “nonterminal” mentally ill patients on its premises.

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