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Hostility to religion grows around world

February 3, 2014

A Pew Research Center study issued Jan. 14 shows another increase in hostility toward religion by most of the world’s 198 nations. The share of countries with a high or very high level of social hostilities involving religion reached a six-year peak in 2012, the study said.

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Quebec religious founder moves toward canonization

February 3, 2014

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of the founder of the Sisters of Charity of Quebec. The pope signed a decree Dec. 27 recognizing that Mother Marie-Anne-Marcelle Mallet lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way and is venerable.

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Obama will visit pope in March

February 3, 2014

Pope Francis will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27, the White House announced and the Vatican confirmed.

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Francis ushering in a new era – cardinal

February 3, 2014

The cardinal who heads Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals said the Catholic Church is entering a “new era” and accused critics of the pope’s statements on economic injustice of failing to “understand reality.

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Nigerian bishop happy law bans same-sex marriage

February 3, 2014

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto commended President Goodluck Jonathan for signing a law prohibiting all types of same-sex relationships. In a meeting with journalists Jan. 20, the bishop also thanked the National Assembly for passing the bill.

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Esquire editors laud sharply dressed pope

February 3, 2014

Eat your heart out, Hollywood! Fresh on the heels of Time magazine’s announcement of Pope Francis as Person of the Year, another band of editors has crowned the Vicar of Christ with a far more unconventional accolade.

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Livestock, pets flock for feast day blessing

February 3, 2014

Bleats, barks and honks accompanied the Our Father as Cardinal Angelo Comastri blessed farm animals and pets gathered outside St. Peter’s Square. Hundreds of local residents and tourists gathered for the Jan. 17 blessing to mark the feast of St. Anthony the Abbot, patron saint of animals and farmers.

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Youth say their peers most affected by abortion

February 3, 2014

Despite single-digit temperatures, thousands descended on Washington Jan. 22 to declare their opposition to abortion. Most of the red noses and chapped lips belonged to faces under 25.

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Investment analyst turns corporate critic

Fr. Seamus Finn

January 20, 2014

An investment analyst has downgraded the stocks of three of America's highest-profile companies – Apple, Amazon.com and Philip Morris – to "sell" status over the moral and ethical issues of their business practices.

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Don't be a defeated Christian, says Francis

January 20, 2014

There are too many "defeated Christians" in the Church who do not fully believe in the faith handed down to them by way of tradition and who do not completely trust in God, Pope Francis said.

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Conflict not religious, say C. African bishops

January 20, 2014

Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic criticized media portrayals of their country's conflict as religious in nature and listed preconditions for restoring peace and effective governance.

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Some religious vow to stay in S. Sudan

January 20, 2014

While many foreigners have fled the fighting in South Sudan, an international group of Catholic volunteers has remained at the side of the people they came to serve.

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Pope limits 'monsignor' title for diocesan priests

January 20, 2014

Pope Francis has decided to limit the honour of "monsignor" among diocesan priests and grant it from now on only to those at least 65 years of age.

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Pope helps bail out Rio World Youth Day

January 20, 2014

Pope Francis has pledged a donation of almost $5 million to help pay part of the debt incurred by the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day, said the local organizing committee.

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Revise rules affecting orders, dioceses – pope

January 20, 2014

Pope Francis said he has ordered a revision of what he called outdated Vatican norms on the relations between religious orders and local bishops, in order to promote greater appreciation of the orders' distinctive missions.

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Manila bishops oppose land reclamation project

January 20, 2014

Bishops in dioceses that front Manila Bay have asked the government to scrap plans for a 94,000-acre reclamation project.

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Forgotten elderly are exiles, says pope

January 20, 2014

Just as people must never ignore the plight of today's immigrants and refugees, they must also remember today's "hidden exiles" – the elderly and other relatives who are forgotten by their own families, Pope Francis said.

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Priest hitched ride in popemobile

Fr. Fabian Baez

January 20, 2014

When Father Fabian Baez booked his trip to Rome, he didn't have an appointment to meet with the pope, so he gave himself ample time in the Eternal City to be able to arrange some way to see him.

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Early Jesuit wins canonization nod

St. Peter Faber

January 20, 2014

Pope Francis issued a decree declaring one of his favourite Jesuits, Blessed Peter Faber, a saint.

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Papal Baptism

January 20, 2014

Pope Francis baptized 32 children in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Jan. 12.

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