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Smith thanks Bertone, welcomes his replacement

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

September 16, 2013

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) president has thanked the retiring Vatican secretary of state and welcomed his replacement.

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Displaced in Congo

September 16, 2013

Civilians displaced by recent fighting between the Congolese army and M23 rebels carry their belongings as they walk along a road in Kibati village near Goma, Congo, Sept. 2.

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Some Egyptian Christians think U.S. is on wrong side

September 9, 2013

Two weeks after the churches he used to pray in were ransacked and burned to the ground in the Egyptian port city of Suez, Istafanos Youssif sat "searching for God" in a Cairo convent.

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Martini was prophetic, pope tells Jesuits

September 9, 2013

On the eve of the first anniversary of the death of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Pope Francis called the late-fellow Jesuit and biblical scholar, a "prophetic" figure and a "man of discernment and peace."

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Russian Church neutral on Olympic boycott

September 9, 2013

Calls for an Olympic boycott because of a Russian law banning "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" have become "highly politicized," said an official of the Russian bishops' conference.

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Quebec cathedral builds holy door for jubilee

September 9, 2013

The Archdiocese of Quebec has begun construction on a holy door for its Basilica-Cathedral Notre Dame de Quebec, the first Catholic parish in French-speaking North America.

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Dozens of WYD pilgrims seek asylum in Brazil

September 9, 2013

More than 50 pilgrims who attended World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro are seeking asylum in Brazil.

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Pope to youth: Go against the flow

September 9, 2013

Fight off a drug-and alcohol-pushing culture and other hazardous trends sweeping across today's world, Pope Francis told young people.

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Prelate opposes execution for Fort Hood shooter

September 9, 2013

Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services said he opposes capital punishment for Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was sentenced to death Aug. 28 following his conviction of the shootings in the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas.

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Argentine prisoners make hosts for papal Masses

September 9, 2013

During summer vacation season, when there is no congregation of Vatican workers and no homily, Pope Francis continues to celebrate daily Mass in his residence and, since mid-July, has been using hosts made by women incarcerated in an Argentine prison.

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Christians should have restless hearts, says pope

Pope Francis

September 9, 2013

St. Augustine famously said people's hearts are restless until they rest in God, but too many people, Pope Francis said, have allowed their hearts to be "anesthetized" and no longer search for God and for love.

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Monks' prayer-inspired beer hops to success

September 2, 2013

Even before retired Pope Benedict set up a pontifical council for New Evangelization and convoked a world Synod of Bishops on the theme, a new group of Benedictine monks was using Latin and liturgy to reach out to those whose faith was weak or nonexistent.

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Ukrainian Catholics dedicate Kiev cathedral

September 2, 2013

The Ukrainian Catholic Church dedicated its new cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, a move some hope will help the Church to be designated a patriarchate.

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Denver World Youth Day keeps on giving to Church

September 2, 2013

Pope John Paul II's visit to Denver 20 years ago for World Youth Day is still "truly a blessing" and "truly a gift" to Colorado and the world, said Archbishop Samuel Aquila.

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Vatican orders change in text for Baptism

September 2, 2013

To emphasize that the sacrament of Baptism formally brings a person into the Church of God and not just into a local Christian community, the Vatican has ordered a slight change of wording in the baptismal rite.

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'Fraternity' is theme for Francis' Peace Day message

September 2, 2013

An overemphasis on "personal well-being" and general indifference have eroded any sense of responsibility toward others, especially toward the poor, said a note from the Vatican announcing Pope Francis' choice of a theme for World Peace Day 2014.

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Pope expands Vatican financial authority

September 2, 2013

As part of the Vatican's ongoing efforts to ensure that all its financial activity complies with international standards, particularly those aimed at preventing money laundering and the financing of terrorism, Pope Francis has expanded the role and the reach of the Vatican's Financial Intelligence Authority.

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Online university ignites passion to be Catholic

September 2, 2013

Catholic Distance University's programs "reignite a passion for being Catholic," said Marianne Evans Mount, president of the online university, based in Hamilton, Va.

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RCs, Pentecostals believe in Jesus' healing power

September 2, 2013

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh, N.C., said the latest session of the international Catholic-Pentecostal dialogue allowed leaders of the two religions "to renew our common faith in the healing power of Jesus," who "continues to demonstrate his love and miracles in our midst."

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British artist felt pushed to paint pope

September 2, 2013

The election of Pope Francis inspired an immediate slew of biographies, but Stephen Whatley decided he would do something different – he would paint him.

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