Monthly Archives: March 2013

Out of the mouths of babes at pope’s audience

By Lauren Colegrove VATICAN CITY — Standing in the crowd in St. Peter’s Square for Pope Francis’ first general audience, I did a few interviews, but a conversation I overheard was too good to ignore. A little girl, who looked … Continue reading

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U.S. seminarians dominate soccer league

By Lauren Colegrove ROME — The North American Martyrs won their third game of the season in the Clericus Cup soccer league March 16 and will be advancing to the spring playoffs. The team from the Pontifical North American College, … Continue reading

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Pope on Palm Sunday: Christ’s passion leads to joy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis celebrated his first Palm Sunday Mass as pope March 24, telling an overflow crowd in St. Peter’s Square that Christ’s death on the cross is a source of eternal consolation and joy. “A Christian … Continue reading

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“Brothers” Pope Francis, Benedict XVI meet

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — Brief video clips and a short briefing from the Vatican spokesman gave observers a glimpse of a historic moment filled with touching gestures — the visit today of Pope Francis to his predecessor, the emeritus Pope … Continue reading

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USCCB: HHS regs continue to violate First Amendment

UPDATE (March 21): USCCB: New proposed rules on mandate still violate religious freedom The proposed new regulations governing the contraceptive mandate and other portions of the Affordable Care Act are “an unprecedented … violation of religious liberty by the federal government,” said … Continue reading

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Arrivederci Roma!

Being in Rome the past two and a half weeks was a little bit of a time warp. When I arrived March 4 to join the CNS Rome bureau in their conclave-election-installation coverage there was so much unknown and plenty … Continue reading

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Pope’s inauguration begins with symbols, gestures

VATICAN CITY — Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission. But before … Continue reading

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