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Messi, the Virgin Mary, and a promise … if Argentina wins the World Cup
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June 13, 2018

Messi, the Virgin Mary, and a promise … if Argentina wins the World Cup

Soccer players make plans to include the divine in their (hoped-for) victories. During a conversation with a journalist on the day before a new international friendly tournament in preparation for the World Cup, Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi instantly caused…
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Soccer-loving pope sends ‘warmest greetings’ to World Cup players
Church
June 13, 2018

Soccer-loving pope sends ‘warmest greetings’ to World Cup players

Says a prayer that the tourney will favor international solidarity and peace As a native of Argentina, Pope Francis is a big fan of soccer — no surprise there. He’s mentioned his devotion to the sport on many occasions, though…
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Pope: Why settle for imitations when you can have the real thing? (And here’s how)
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June 13, 2018

Pope: Why settle for imitations when you can have the real thing? (And here’s how)

Francis says we have to arrive at the threshold of taking a leap ... If you’re given the choice between an imitation and the real thing, who would settle for imitations? That’s the question Pope Francis posed today as he…
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June 12, 2018

Pope’s rep in Korea: ‘This beginning was very positive’

Bishops of peninsula propose novena with 9 different intentions in wake of Trump-Kim summit The pope’s representative in Korea, Archbishop Alfred Xuereb, said Tuesday’s meeting between the leaders of the United States and North Korea “was very positive, very good”…
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Date set for trial of Holy See’s former US diplomat
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June 12, 2018

Date set for trial of Holy See’s former US diplomat

st hearing for Carlo Capella to begin June 22 The first hearing of the trial of Carlo Alberto Capella, a former diplomat of the Holy See, on charges of possession and exchange of child pornography, will take place on June…
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Pope Francis ready to minister in outer space!
Church
June 10, 2018

Pope Francis ready to minister in outer space!

Or at least, he has the outfit ready to go. Check out what the Space Station crew brought the Holy Father. Pope Francis already knew the crew of the International Space Station, having spoken with them last October via satellite…
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If you need hope, foster your “Christian memory,” says Francis
Church
June 8, 2018

If you need hope, foster your “Christian memory,” says Francis

Pope says contemplation of key moments from the past will give you the strength to go forward Pope Francis returned today in his morning homily to a theme that he has repeatedly drawn on: the role of our memories in…
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Exhibit on Russian martyrs opens at pope’s cathedral
Church
June 7, 2018

Exhibit on Russian martyrs opens at pope’s cathedral

Reflects ecumenism of blood and true concept of martyrdom An exhibition dedicated to the martyrs of the Russian Orthodox Church in the 20th century opened on May 30, 2018, at the Apostolic Palace of the Lateran, adjacent to The Basilica…
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Francis tells German bishops intercommunion isn’t possible
Church
June 6, 2018

Francis tells German bishops intercommunion isn’t possible

Cites faith of the Church and ecumenical progress in rejecting proposal Pope Francis has answered “no” to a proposal made by some of Germany’s bishops to publish a statement allowing Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive the Eucharist. The pope,…
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Pope calls on journalists to fact-check, even in race to get news up fast
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June 6, 2018

Pope calls on journalists to fact-check, even in race to get news up fast

When in doubt, remain silent, rather than destroying a person, group or event Pope Francis had some practical advice for those in news media today, as he addressed a delegation from an international journalism award, the Biagio Agnes. Pope Francis offered…
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