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Pope leads thousands in Stations of the Cross reflections

02:29 pm | ROME, ITALY, Apr 18, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Following his celebration of the liturgy commemorating the Lord's Passion, Pope Francis led pilgrims in the traditional prayer of the Stations of the Cross, which was held inside of the Coliseum in Rome. 
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Papal preacher slams 'curse' of money-driven corruption

11:17 am | VATICAN CITY, Apr 18, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for Good Friday’s Passion liturgy, papal preacher Raniero Cantalamessa decried the poisonous actions of those who exploit others for financial gain, urging all to repent of their sin. 
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Pope urges faithful to serve with radical love of Jesus

12:49 pm | VATICAN CITY, Apr 17, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily for Holy Thursday’s Mass at a center for disabled persons, Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, calling it an act of loving service that we ought to imitate. 
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Priests must anoint others with oil of gladness, Pope reflects

04:54 am | VATICAN CITY, Apr 17, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily given during the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the joy of the priestly vocation, saying a cleric “is useless” unless his happiness is found in the grace of God. 
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Archbishop thanks Colo. faithful for witness against abortion bill

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has voiced his gratitude to all those who spoke out against proposed Colorado legislation that could have put an end to life-affirming laws in the state.
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Cuban government makes Good Friday official holiday

After granting temporary permission for Cubans to celebrate Good Friday in 2012 and 2013, the Cuban government has decided grant a request made by Pope Benedict during his visit to the country in 2012 to make it a permanent official holiday.
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John XXIII, John Paul II linked by love of dialogue with world

John XXIII and John Paul II, who will be canonized April 27, are “bound together” by their love for addressing the world in conversation, a cardinal who worked with them both has said.
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Radical abortion bill dies in Colo. Senate after call to prayer, action

Amid growing protests led in large part by the Catholic Church, the Colorado Senate on April 16 killed a controversial bill that could have banned all pro-life laws in the state.
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Colo. parish looks to John Paul II in family-focused initiative

Blessed John Paul II’s life and teachings on family and marriage are still bearing fruit, say members of one Colorado parish that has launched a family-friendly initiative inspired by the late Pope's example.
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Encountering Africa, the future of the Church

By David Marcoe* Africa is changing, and a younger generation–more globally active and connected–is making its mark on the world, as I experienced at a recent meeting between student programs in Rome. Arriving a bit early with a handful of students from the Rome program of Thomas More College (Merrimack, New Hampshire), we happened upon [...]
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Cardinal Dolan blesses pregnant mothers, unborn babies

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York blessed 30 expectant mothers and their unborn children in an April 6 Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, offering a message of hope and love.
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Nevada Republicans drop pro-life, pro-marriage stand

Several hundred delegates of the Nevada Republican Party approved a party platform Saturday that lacks a pro-life plank and drops support for the definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman.
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Christ, Fully Human

by Tina McCormick

As Lent nears its end and we anticipate the Lord’s Passion and the glory of Easter, our focus is, above all, on Christ, the Lord, whose death on the cross brought salvation to mankind and...
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Birth control: Not my boss's business

by Clare Hinshaw

“Birth Control: Not My Boss’s Business” proclaimed the signs at the Planned Parenthood organized rally outside the Supreme Court last week. The group gathered to support the...
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Behold the Man: A True Outsider

by Joe Tremblay

“Ecce Homo!” Pilate said to the crowd. That is, “Behold the man!” Behold the man, the Christ, who stands alone and rejected by his people.To be an outsider and misunderstood is the...
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A patron saint for those suffering from alcoholism?

by Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The name of Matt Talbot is not well known outside of Ireland, but Talbot will likely be canonized in the not-too-distant future and become the patron saint of alcoholics. He was declared...
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