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VATICAN – Lying or being inauthentic is seriously wrong because it hinders or harms human relationships, Pope Francis said.
VATICAN – Pope Francis named Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, arguably the Catholic Church's most respected abuse investigator, to be adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
VATICAN – Even in societies increasingly marked by divisions and prejudice, Catholics gather every Sunday "in the Lord's name and acknowledge that they are brothers and sisters," Pope Francis said.
November 12, 2018

Bishops must be 'blameless' servants of God, not businessmen, Pope says

VATICAN – A bishop must be "blameless" and at the service of God, not of cliques, assets and power, especially if he is ever to "set right" what needs to be done for the church, Pope Francis said.
November 9, 2018

Sacraments are gifts, not for sale, Pope says at Mass

VATICAN – The sacraments are gifts from God that are given freely and are not a way for the church to fill up its coffers to cover expenses, Pope Francis said.
November 5, 2018

The meaning of life is found in self-giving service, Pope says in memorial Mass for cardinals, bishops

VATICAN – For every Christian, but especially for those called to ministry, God's gift of life is a call to serve others, Pope Francis said at a memorial Mass for bishops and cardinals who have died in the past year.

New Vatican body to take over Catholic charismatic activities

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VATICAN – The two international bodies that had been supporting and coordinating the international activities of charismatic Catholics will become one new organization.
November 2, 2018

Feast of All Souls a time to remember, to hope for eternal life, Pope says

ROME – The Mass for the feast of All Souls is "realistic, concrete" in calling Catholics to remember the people and events of their past, to consider how they live today and to hope for eternal life with God and their loved ones who preceded them, Pope Francis said.

Sainthood is a choice, 'either holiness or nothing', Pope Francis says

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VATICAN – Saints are not just the well-known men, women and young people on the liturgical calendar, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.

'Every Christian vocation is spousal', just like marriage, Pope says

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VATICAN – The Sixth Commandment's mandate against adultery is a call to fidelity that applies not only to married couples, but to all Christians called to love others through their vocation, Pope Francis said.

Mary Marrocco: Living and loving in the face of death

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“I have been half in love with easeful Death.” So wrote poet John Keats two centuries ago. For him it was sorrowful, yet his succinct sentence could well describe our current perspective in this country. 

October 29, 2018

Pope closes synod with apology to young people who felt ignored by the Church

VATICAN – Speaking on behalf of all adult Catholics, Pope Francis formally closed the Synod of Bishops by asking young people for forgiveness.

God's word on Sunday: God reveals path out of darkness

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 28 (Year B) Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52


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Charles Lewis: We must open eyes to anti-Christian bigotry

Most of us take for granted the safety and peace of our houses of worship so when that is broken it is akin to being punched in the gut, Lewis writes.

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