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February 2018

We need more palliative care, says Vatican
Church
February 28, 2018

We need more palliative care, says Vatican

Papal message appeals that we "not abandon the sick" and accompany them "in the difficult trial that presents itself at the end of life." Today Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the pope’s secretary of state, speaking on behalf of Pope Francis, asked…
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Why the offertory is not “Mass intermission”: Pope Francis explains
Church
February 28, 2018

Why the offertory is not “Mass intermission”: Pope Francis explains

There's a wonderful exchange happening here: between our poverty and His wealth. Does it sometimes happen that the part of Mass when the ushers start to pass the baskets, the cantor or choir gets a song going, the congregation sits…
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Africa: Pope creates new diocese for Maronite faithful
Church
February 28, 2018

Africa: Pope creates new diocese for Maronite faithful

Centered in southwest Nigeria, in Ibadan. Pope Francis created a new Maronite eparchy in West and Central Africa, the Holy See reported today. At the head of this eparchy, known as the “Annunciation,” the pontiff appointed Bishop-designate Simon Faddoul. Until…
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Lent: No more deals with the devil!
Articles
February 28, 2018

Lent: No more deals with the devil!

If you think you can beat him in his own tricks, you'll be devastated to learn how wrong you are. “You can’t play cards with the devil!” So said an elderly Jesuit to me, who was quoting an elderly Jesuit…
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Swiss say pope coming to Geneva on World Council of Churches anniversary
Church
February 28, 2018

Swiss say pope coming to Geneva on World Council of Churches anniversary

70th anniversary of international organization that has 348 member churches The Swiss government announced today that Pope Francis “is expected” in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 21, learned I.MEDIA. As of yet, though, the Holy See Press Office has only said…
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If you’re not motivated about Lent, try this
Articles
February 28, 2018

If you’re not motivated about Lent, try this

God, and time, might just replace your fleeting motivations with something better. He feels the slightest twinge, the littlest ache, he sees the doctor. An older man I know goes to the doctor all the freaking time. But he’s not…
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New book by Pope Francis coming out next month
Church
February 28, 2018

New book by Pope Francis coming out next month

"God Is Young" gives pope a chance to address youth across the globe A book of interviews with Pope Francis titled “God is Young” will be released in Italy and several other countries on March 20, informed the Italian publishing…
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Pope: Life cannot be created in a lab
Church
February 28, 2018

Pope: Life cannot be created in a lab

Also urges the elderly to be "burning coals of the Church" As part of his pastoral visits, the Bishop of Rome met the parishioners of St. Gelasius I Church, in the northeast of Rome on February 25. Speaking to different…
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“All of this is inhumane,” Pope laments about Syria
Church
February 28, 2018

“All of this is inhumane,” Pope laments about Syria

Calls for immediate cessation of violence to get the wounded out of war zones After praying the midday Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis made an appeal for an immediate cessation of violence in Syria. This month has been one of…
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This ancient prayer to St. Joseph has “never been known to fail”
Prayers
February 28, 2018

This ancient prayer to St. Joseph has “never been known to fail”

As long as it is said in faith and for a particular spiritual benefit. Even though St. Joseph never spoke a word in scripture, his silent example of obedient faithfulness and diligent care for the Holy Family during Jesus’ formative…
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