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Sisters protect creation; say 'no' to landmen

Sr. Barbara O'Donnell

December 23, 2013

With 761 acres of mostly wooded property nestled along the Ohio-Pennsylvania state line, the Sisters of the Humility of Mary feel they have been entrusted with a special oasis.

Artist tried to capture Pope Francis' beauty

Jason Seiler

December 23, 2013

Chicago artist Jason Seiler, who created the illustration of Pope Francis for Time magazine's Person of the Year cover, said his goal was to convey his impression of the pontiff as a genuine, compassionate spiritual leader.

God crouches down to love us, says Francis

December 23, 2013

God's love and tenderness are at the heart of Christmas, Pope Francis said. Celebrating Mass Dec. 12, the pope said God's love is like that of a parent.

Peace depends on seeing God as the Father

December 23, 2013

In his first annual message for the Jan. 1 World Day of Peace, Pope Francis writes that peace and social justice are impossible without a spirit of fraternity based on recognition that all men and women are children of God.

Humble yourself and you shall be exalted

December 23, 2013

Being humble is not the same as being impotent or having an inferiority complex, said the preacher of the papal household.

Trafficking is crime against humanity – pope

December 23, 2013

The trafficking of human beings is a crime against humanity and must be stopped, Pope Francis told diplomats.

Indian PM apologizes after protesters beaten

December 23, 2013

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh apologized to Church leaders for the police beating of protesters – including priests and nuns – during a march to Parliament advocating for rights for low-caste Christians.

Ouellet reappointed head of bishops congregation

December 23, 2013

Nine months after his election, Pope Francis has reconfirmed Cardinal Marc Ouellet as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, seen as one of the most powerful offices of the Roman Curia.

Pope urges Americas to be like Mary

December 23, 2013

Pope Francis prayed that Catholics throughout the Americas would open their arms to the poor, to immigrants, to the unborn and to the aged just as Mary opens her arms to all.

Anderson honoured for advancing Marian devotion

December 23, 2013

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson Dec. 9 received the Patronal Medal, an honour bestowed by Washington's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and The Catholic University of America.

Explaining Christmas

December 23, 2013

Katherine Russell, dressed as an angel, tells four-year-old Nori Bellucci-Mattice about the night Christ was born

Getting ready to celebrate

December 23, 2013

Pilgrims camp outside Mexico City's Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in preparation for the Guadalupe feast Dec. 12.

Pope lauds Mandela for upholding human dignity

Nelson Mandela

December 16, 2013

Pope Francis joined Church and government leaders from around the world in crediting Nelson Mandela for a steadfast commitment to promoting human rights and upholding the dignity of all people.

Sisters of Misericorde founder is venerable

Mother Rosalie Cadron-Jette

December 16, 2013

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of 13 candidates, including the the Canadian founder of the religious order that founded Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital.

Pope dedicates 2015 to religious life

December 16, 2013

During a three-hour meeting with 120 superiors general of men's religious orders, Pope Francis said the church would make consecrated life its focus in 2015.

Zimbabwe's bishops say polarization growing

December 16, 2013

Zimbabwe is more polarized now than it was before this year's general elections, said the country's bishops.

Call to hike minimum wage echoes Catholic teaching

December 16, 2013

When fast-food workers across the United States walked off their jobs demanding higher wages Dec. 5, their actions should have caught the attention of the nation's Catholics, say those who stress that the call for a living wage echoes long-standing Catholic social teaching.

Pope calls for prayers for nuns kidnapped in Syria

December 16, 2013

Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide to pray for five Orthodox nuns who were kidnapped in Syria and for all people who have been abducted during the conflict there.

A life built on Christ prevents hypocrisy – pope

December 16, 2013

People can say things that sound Christian and call themselves Christian as they tell others what to do, but if they don't pray often and live the Gospel, they harm others and the Church, Pope Francis said.

'Tannenbaum' shows up at Vatican a day early

December 16, 2013

If Germans are known for being punctual, it turns out even their trees show up early.

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