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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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Radical abortion bill dies in Colo. Senate after call to prayer, action

09:42 pm | DENVER, COLO., Apr 16, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- 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

05:09 pm | DENVER, COLO., Apr 16, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- 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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John Paul II: a man indispensable to the fall of the Soviet Union

04:03 am | VATICAN CITY, Apr 16, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News).- Bl. John Paul II’s key role in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact can be attributed to his vision of the human being, informed by personalism and the Catholic faith. 
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Pope is bringing human trafficking into public eye, ambassador says

Pope Francis is contributing to the fight against human trafficking by making the matter a frequent point of public discourse, says a U.S. ambassador who specializes in the subject.
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Denver archbishop rallies Coloradans against 'extreme' abortion bill

The Archbishop of Denver on April 15 rallied opposition to a Colorado bill he says is “both extreme and dangerously ambiguous” in its ban on all abortion regulations and other pro-life laws.
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Vatican to launch webpage detailing work of Popes on women

Leading up to the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII, the Pontifical Council for the Laity will publish a new webpage highlighting the emphasis both pontiffs placed on the role of women.
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Pope Francis: kiss the crucifix, kiss the wounds of Jesus

In his general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of suffering and evil, explaining that it is a mystery which finds its answer in the passion and death of Jesus, who endured it for each of us.
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Holy See testimony on torture a UN treaty obligation, spokesman notes

The Holy See's press officer said Tuesday that its report on an anti-torture agreement which will be made to the U.N. next month is routine, and a part of its obligations as a signatory to the treaty.
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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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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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New English discernment house hopes to help vocations flourish

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, has announced plans for a house of discernment for potential priests, emphasizing the need for “a renewed love for the priesthood.”
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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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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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Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday

by Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Who can fathom the events of Holy Week?  For observers of all things Catholic, the liturgies in Holy Week are great theater.  But for Catholics, the liturgies are grace-filled encounters with...
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April 17, 2014

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Jn 13:1-15

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First Reading:: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14
Second Reading:: 1 Cor 11:23-26
Gospel:: Jn 13:1-15

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Jn 13:1-15

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