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Pope Francis embraces the mystical side of the Catholic Church

(Washington Post) The faithful here are still talking about Pope Francis and the holy blood. On an official trip to this ancient city in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, Pope Francis entered the local cathedral to pray to Januarius, the […]

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Card. Amato: Martyred Syrian bishop a model of holiness

(Vatican Radio) On Saturday, August 29th, the venerable Servant of God, Flavyānus Mikhayil Melkī is to be beatified. Melkī was an Eastern Catholic prelate of the Brothers of Saint Ephrem, who became the Syrian Catholic eparch of Gazarta – or […]

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Protestant lawyer arrested after battling Chinese cross removals

(UCAN) A Protestant lawyer has been detained by police after launching a legal fight against Chinese authorities responsible for removing thousands of church crosses in Zhejiang province. Lawyer Zhang Kai and his intern assistant Liu Peng were detained after police […]

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‘Fastest Nun in the West’ could become a saint

(AP) An Italian-born nun who confronted Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs, and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced her first test for the long road to sainthood this week. Supporters and researchers presented their case before […]

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A Catholic tug of war in the US awaits Pope Francis

(Crux) When Pope Francis starts his US road show next month, Catholics to his left and right will all be hoping to pull him a bit closer to their own causes. From the environment to the economy and everything in […]

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Groups seek to broaden input on issues for family synod

(NCR Online) The Synod of Bishops on the family — conducted in two sessions at the Vatican with the second scheduled for October — has already distinguished itself for a certain freewheeling discussion and debate and for the invitation to […]

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Francis needs to go beyond his play-it-safe verbiage

(NCR Online) Unless Pope Francis, in his Sept. 23 speech to a joint session of Congress, condemns U.S. militarism with the same fervor of Martin Luther King Jr., who once decried the U.S. government as the world’s most violent; Unless […]

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New data disproves allegations of conversions: Indian Christians

(UCAN) India’s Christian community has grown more slowly in the last decade than the country’s overall population, according to new government data, disproving allegations that there have been widespread forced Christian conversions. The coalition federal government, led by the pro-Hindu […]

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President Obama to seek common cause with Pope Francis

(AP) Sweeping into office in 2009, President Barack Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely been passed to Pope […]

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Pope Francis to see ‘Homeless Jesus’ during US visit

(CNS) When Pope Francis approaches the Catholic Charities building in downtown Washington during his US visit in September, he will encounter a “homeless person” covered in a blanket lying on a park bench. The scene actually is a sculpture. And […]

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