Monthly Archives: April 2014

Any birthday surprises in store?

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has yet to reveal what retired Pope Benedict has planned for his 87th birthday today. It will definitely be low key and most probably include a friendly phone call from Pope Francis, who is always … Continue reading

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Touchdown! Franciscans reach goal with a winning kick.

ROME — Bypassing strapped government funding, a community of Franciscan friars in Rome was able to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars in 30 days through the crowd-funding platform, Kickstarter. The Franciscans in charge of the Church … Continue reading

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The long & winding road…to sainthood!

VATICAN CITY — Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a saint? Pope Francis gave us a thorough list of the secrets to holiness on the Feast of All Saints last year. “Saints aren’t superheroes nor were they … Continue reading

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Remembering murdered Jesuit confrere, pope appeals for peace in Syria

UPDATE: Full story on the pope’s remarks and more. VATICAN CITY — Here is our translation of Pope Francis’ remarks today about the murder of Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt and the continuing war in Syria: Monday in Homs, … Continue reading

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Papa’s got a brand new bag

VATICAN CITY — Parishioners in Rome gave Pope Francis a brand new black bag in the hopes that it would hold up for many years of traveling and serving as the successor of St. Peter. “We hope that you have … Continue reading

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Should the term ‘war on poverty’ be dropped?

This week’s National Poverty Summit got a lot of people thinking about the language used when referring to people living in poverty. New language is needed to build broader support to help people and families on their path to build … Continue reading

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Bishops walk a small portion of migrant journey

By Nancy Wiechec NOGALES, Ariz. — About 30 miles north of the border with Mexico, seven U.S. bishops and two priests piled out of a small bus just off of I-19 in Arizona. Jesuit Father Sean Carroll of the Kino … Continue reading

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