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The size of God’s love in Lourdes: you can find it in ‘Small’ and ‘Extra Large’

LOURDES, France — Love comes in many sizes, and here in Lourdes, it’s everywhere — big and small. From the huge Rosary Basilica perched over the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes to the small gestures of kindness from residents, … Continue reading

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Encore: the Vatican’s conductor in red

VATICAN CITY — Imagine a musical conductor dressed in red instead of the traditional black. On May 15, 2011, Italian Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci, who died today at the age of 96, was wearing his cardinal red as he directed a … Continue reading

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Presto change-oh! It’s the skullcap swap

Monday Oct. 21, UPDATE and CORRECTION: First a correction from an attentive Facebook fan who sent us a link showing how the cap swap custom goes way back before our 21st-century popes. I also heard back from one of the … Continue reading

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Papayas, Kalashnikovs, the rosary: The world of one Vatican diplomat

VATICAN CITY — Imagine every time you wanted to go outside you needed to give 72 hours advanced notice and then be escorted by guards “armed to the teeth,” toting Kalashnikovs and making you look “like someone arrested and taken … Continue reading

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Big papal pow-wow with the curia

VATICAN CITY — Today the Vatican’s weekly schedule announced Pope Francis has called together all heads of the Roman Curia for an early morning meeting tomorrow. Though the pope always meets with them at the end of the year to … Continue reading

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Words can kill: the pope’s talk on envy’s corrosive power

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ popular early morning homilies at the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence are back after a two-month-long summer hiatus. His first homily on Monday revived a recurring theme of the corrosive power of gossip and jealousy, and … Continue reading

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Jerusalem welcomes Vatican official who works with Jews

By Judith Sudilovsky JERUSALEM — Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations With the Jews, was warmly welcomed by a largely Jewish audience to an intimate gathering focusing on Jewish-Catholic relations. Sharing the stage with … Continue reading

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