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Volunteering with Mother Teresa’s nuns: ‘Getting right in the dirty of things’

By Anna Capizzi What is it like to volunteer with the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata? Thousands travel to Kolkata, India, each year to give their time helping the order of sisters Blessed Teresa founded to “satiate the thirst of … Continue reading

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In midst of Syrian war, young people celebrate World Youth Day

As World Youth Day pilgrims gathered for a July 30 prayer vigil with Pope Francis in Poland, about 1,200 young people came together in Aleppo, Syria, to celebrate their own version of the international event. The July 29-30 gathering in … Continue reading

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Twice lucky: Young Pole spends time with Pope Francis

By Dennis Sadowski KRAKOW, Poland — For the second day in a row, Andrej Witas got to spend some time with Pope Francis at World Youth Day. Witas, 26, sat in his wheelchair with his father in a special section … Continue reading

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Poles can’t help comparing Pope Francis to their favorite son

By Jonathan Luxmoore CZESTOCHOWA, Poland — Jurek Najgebauer attended Pope Francis’ Mass at the Jasna Gora national monastery. Although police said about 200,000 people attended the Mass, Najgebauer said there were far fewer than when St. John Paul II was … Continue reading

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Grace: When sex worker advocates meet the archbishop

By Paul Jeffrey DURBAN, South Africa — At an international conference about AIDS that brought 18,000 people to this seaside city, it was the big things that usually drew attention: a plenary where the actress Charlize Theron said sexism and … Continue reading

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At Krakow airport, volunteers sport smile, deep sense of faith

By Dennis Sadowski KRAKOW, Poland — If it wasn’t Michel Zak’s smile that World Youth Day pilgrims noticed as they arrived at Krakow’s John Paul II Airport, they were sure to see the enormous baby blue foam hand he was … Continue reading

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Camp mayor skills: They don’t teach this in the seminary

By Paul Jeffrey ANKAWA, Iraq — When a colleague and I arrived at the Ashti camp for internally displaced families on the outskirts of Ankawa last month, we asked for the “abouna,” the Arabic word for father, or priest. We … Continue reading

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When Good Friday falls on feast of the Annunciation

By Father John Fields Today is Good Friday in churches that calculate the date of Easter based upon the Gregorian calendar. March 25, exactly nine months before Christmas, is also the feast of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel announced … Continue reading

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Guardian angels and guns: Granddad fought in the Rising

By Susan Gately DUBLIN (CNS) — I am a child of Ireland’s Easter Rising, the disordered six-day insurrection against British rule in 1916. My grandfather, Willie McNeive, was imprisoned in Wales following the Rising. His best friend was Joe Stanley, … Continue reading

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#PopeInJuarez: an unlikely and historically hilarious hashtag

By David Agren CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — In anticipation of Pope Francis’ Feb. 17 visit to this border city, an unlikely hashtag appeared: #PopeInJuarez. The hashtag refers to Ciudad Juarez and the pope’s arrival in a city once considered “murder … Continue reading

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