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A symbol of the “ecumenism of blood” now honored in Vatican Gardens
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April 7, 2018

A symbol of the “ecumenism of blood” now honored in Vatican Gardens

10th-century mystic St. Gregory of Narek a doctor of the Church, and important figure for Armenia. The statue of St. Gregory of Narek inaugurated in the Vatican Gardens is a symbol of the “ecumenism of blood,” the ambassador of Armenia…
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Pope to welcome 550 “missionaries of mercy”
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April 7, 2018

Pope to welcome 550 “missionaries of mercy”

Priests with special Confession ministry will participate in conference in Rome. For the third anniversary of the pope’s creation of “Missionaries of Mercy,” a meeting has been organized in Rome by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization from April…
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Autopsy results in for US seminarian who died after serving pope’s Easter Mass
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April 7, 2018

Autopsy results in for US seminarian who died after serving pope’s Easter Mass

Condition most often affects men between ages of 20 and 50. The Legionaries of Christ released a statement on April 6 regarding the death of their confrere, the young US-born seminarian, Anthony Freeman. Brother Anthony had just finished spiritual exercises…
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Young US seminarian who carried cross at pope’s Easter Mass dies in Rome
Church
April 6, 2018

Young US seminarian who carried cross at pope’s Easter Mass dies in Rome

Autopsy results still haven't been announced Louisiana-native Brother Anthony Freeman of the Legionaries of Christ had an exciting Easter serving the pope’s Mass of the Resurrection, but then died unexpectedly that same night. The cause of death of the 29-year-old has…
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Did Pope Francis give a sneak peak of his new doc on holiness?
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April 6, 2018

Did Pope Francis give a sneak peak of his new doc on holiness?

At the Wednesday audience, he offered a five-word definition of sanctity. An exhortation on the theme is due Monday. The Vatican announced today that on Monday, April 9, a new apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis will be released. It will…
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Leading figure from Vietnam War baptized … at age 92
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April 6, 2018

Leading figure from Vietnam War baptized … at age 92

Trần Thiện Khiêm, a former prime minister, became Catholic during Holy Week. What was once rumor is now reality: Trần Thiện Khiêm has converted to Catholicism. This former general and prime minister of Vietnam, a supporter of a democratic republic in Vietnam,…
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You won’t hear this every day: A visit from the pope has this Swiss diplomat speaking Latin
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April 6, 2018

You won’t hear this every day: A visit from the pope has this Swiss diplomat speaking Latin

Pierre-Yves Fux reads Virgil in the original language, and also speaks Greek and Hebrew. “Per aeroplanum Papa Franciscus Genevam ibit et colloquerur cum rectoribus Confoederationis helveticae”: with these words, the Swiss ambassador to the Holy See, Pierre-Yves Fux, commented on…
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Sydney archbishop says priests will suffer martyrdom before divulging confessions
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April 6, 2018

Sydney archbishop says priests will suffer martyrdom before divulging confessions

But premier of New South Wales says "question of the seal of confession" will be addressed at national level. The government of the Australian state of New South Wales is seeking to implement a range of laws targeting child abuse,…
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Pope speaks to case of little Alfie Evans with tweet assuring prayer
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April 6, 2018

Pope speaks to case of little Alfie Evans with tweet assuring prayer

Says he hopes that the sick child can be compassionately accompanied Pope Francis has spoken through Twitter about the case of little Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old British boy suffering from an undiagnosed brain condition who might have his life support turned…
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Don’t leave Mass with a forked tongue, says pope
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April 4, 2018

Don’t leave Mass with a forked tongue, says pope

The close of Mass is really just the beginning, he explains, giving 5-word definition of Christian holiness. Pope Francis today concluded his series of teachings on each part of the Mass (see links to the whole series below), emphasizing that…
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