Vatican spokesman: Francis meets with sex abuse victims several times a month
Church
February 16, 2018

Vatican spokesman: Francis meets with sex abuse victims several times a month

"The encounters take place in the utmost privacy, out of respect for the victims and their suffering.” The Vatican spokesman today responded to journalists, confirming that Pope Francis habitually meets with victims of sexual abuse. Greg Burke was taking up…
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Pope spends an hour in the confessional for priests of his diocese
Church
February 16, 2018

Pope spends an hour in the confessional for priests of his diocese

Encourages the clergy of Rome to seek spiritual direction As Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis met with the priests and deacons of his diocese today at the Cathedral of St. John Lateran, reported Romasette, the online information site of the…
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Pope Francis: “The blogs say I’m a heretic? I know who writes them, and I don’t read them”
Church
February 16, 2018

Pope Francis: “The blogs say I’m a heretic? I know who writes them, and I don’t read them”

Francis to Jesuits in Chile and Peru: Don't be religious who live as gossipy bachelors Here we publish a preview of some extracts of the conversations that Pope Francis had with the Jesuits in Chile on January 16 and in…
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Pope responds to “devastating attack” in Parkland
Church
February 16, 2018

Pope responds to “devastating attack” in Parkland

Expresses his hopes that these "senseless acts of violence may cease" Following the shooting at the high school in Florida on Wednesday, Pope Francis today sent a message to the local Church leader, the archbishop of Miami, through his secretary…
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5 Tips from Pope Francis for a Merciful Lent
Articles
February 15, 2018

5 Tips from Pope Francis for a Merciful Lent

The Holy Father recommends living Lent more intensely this year -- here's a plan to get you started. Have you been doing anything special for the Jubilee Year of Mercy? Or do you have lots of good intentions but haven’t…
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Syria: The heroism of Christians in Aleppo deserves to be supported
ArticlesChurch
February 15, 2018

Syria: The heroism of Christians in Aleppo deserves to be supported

A firsthand testimony by Father Firas Lufti, a Franciscan and vicar at the parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Aleppo. “For the past year, the cameras have no longer been interested in Aleppo,” Father Firas says, a bit disappointed.…
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3 Powerful devotions for Fridays during Lent
Prayers
February 15, 2018

3 Powerful devotions for Fridays during Lent

Enrich your Lent with these lesser known devotions in memory of Christ's Passion. Lent is a special time in the Church’s calendar when a particular focus is placed on Christ’s Passion and death. It allows us the opportunity to meditate…
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40 Days in 64 words
Articles
February 15, 2018

40 Days in 64 words

This Sunday, we hear a "tweet of a Gospel," but one that's chock full of meaning. I love the First Sunday of Lent — Jesus faces the devil in those three dramatic temptations: the bread, the temple, and “all the…
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Why Do We Cover Crucifixes and Statues During Lent?
Articles
February 15, 2018

Why Do We Cover Crucifixes and Statues During Lent?

Veils over sacred images keep our minds on the promise of Easter It seems strange that during the most sacred time of year we cover everything that is beautiful in our churches, even the crucifix. Shouldn’t we be looking at…
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4 Tips to keep us from losing our Lenten virtues
Articles
February 15, 2018

4 Tips to keep us from losing our Lenten virtues

A little vigilance can be a big help. I don’t know how many people do spring cleaning anymore, but the idea makes a lot of sense; you have been more or less cooped up for a season and are preparing…
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