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Former mobster cleans up and becomes a preacher

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Tatsuya Shindo, a Japanese man covered in tattoos and missing the tip of his pinkie finger – a Japanese gang custom to show atonement for an offense or as a punishment for one – once lived for money. Today, he lives for God. Shindo joined the Japanese mafia, known as the yakuza, when he was






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Dying woman speaks to Virgin Mary in tragic true story

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A 60-year-old woman from Spain was caring for a relative stricken with cancer when suddenly she became extremely religious. She began to spend hours reciting scripture and, over a two-month period, made a complete turn-around in behavior. Friends and family claimed she had always been a happy woman but wasn’t particularly religious. They feared the






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Priest asks for prayers for thief who assaulted him

Fr Ed Mundwiller was attacked in his local neighbourhood of St Louis, Missouri For his silver jubilee as a priest almost a decade ago, Franciscan Fr Ed Mundwiller prayed for God to keep calling him beyond the boundaries of his own comfort zone, into places he never thought he would go. “The old ‘normal’ and






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Socialist militants storm Mass in Venezuela

Worshippers were left shaken after militants denounced their priest in a speech at his pulpit Militant socialists stormed a Mass in Venezuela on Sunday, shouting slogans such as “Satan in a cassock" and “fascist!" Congregants told Reuters that about 20 people barged in to San Pedro Claver church in the “23 De Enero" community, shouting






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Coptic Christian teacher shot dead in Egypt

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Gamal Tawfiq, 50, was shot in the head by two militants on a motorbike who followed him as he walked from home to work Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian teacher on his way to school in northern Sinai on Thursday, the second killing of a Christian in less than a week in






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How the Church supports marriages – every step of the way

It’s Valentine’s Day, and in countries across the world, people are focused on love and marriage. But for the Catholic Church, the celebration of – and support for – marriage is not limited to one day, but all year round. “Marriage is not private," explained Rev. Richard Kramer, Director of Family Life and Pastoral Resource






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Fatima nun has 15,000 pages of evidence for beatification cause

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As the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions approaches, Portuguese Catholic Church officials announced on Monday that thousands of pages have been gathered to testify to the holiness of Sister Lucia dos Santos – one of the original three children who were witnesses to the famous Marian apparition. The documentation gathered for Sr. Lucia consists






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