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Pope Francis has a special message this Lent, and here it is

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In his message for Lent 2017, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that they should heed the Scriptures and treat each human person they encounter as a gift. “Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbor,” he said. “May the Holy Spirit






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This couple gave to persecuted Christians, and Pope Francis responded

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Josefa Rodríguez and Amaro Pesquero were not expecting to receive a letter from Pope Francis. But that’s exactly what happened last September, when the Pope himself thanked them in his own handwriting for the donation they had made for the persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Josefa and Amaro are a married couple from Fuenlabrada,






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The Pope and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch met a year ago. Here’s what’s next.

One year ago marked a historic first meeting between a Pope and a Russian Orthodox Patriarch. Now, the Vatican and the Moscow Patriarchate will celebrate the meeting’s anniversary with a conference at Switzerland’s Freibourg University. The conference will take place Feb. 12, exactly one year after the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill at






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Nun in Mali kidnapped by alleged jihadists

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The Colombian bishops are asking for prayers after a religious sister from Colombia was kidnapped for the home where she served in Mali. Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate, was abducted by armed men Tuesday night, according to officials. The men forced Sister Cecilia to hand over the






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The need for a Catholic ministry to transgendered persons

Walt Heyer remembers the moment when he started desiring to be a girl. When he was just 4 years old, Heyer’s grandmother would crossdress him while she was babysitting. She loved seeing Heyer in dresses, and even made him his own purple chiffon dress. But it was their secret, grandma said – don’t tell mom






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Cardinal Muller makes it clear, nobody, not even a pope, can change marriage

Cardinal Gerhard Muller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has spoken out against adultery and those who are creating confusion about Amoris Laetitia. Cardinal Gerhard Muller has rebuked bishops who are using Amoris Laetitia to “justify situations against the will of God.” The Cardinal, who has previously spoken in favor






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Pope meets Arnold Schwarzenegger at general audience

The Pope also told the faithful that women were more courageous than men Actor and former California Governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger met Pope Francis today at the end of the audience. After the meeting, Schwareneggar took to Twitter to say that it was an honour to meet the Pontiff. It was my great






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PRO-LIFE TRUMP! President signs pro-life order on first day

President Donald Trump has just curtailed abortion as one of his first acts as president. Trump has reinstated President Reagan’s “Mexico City abortion policy” which bans agencies that receive federal funding from providing abortions overseas. President Trump is taking his pro-life commitments seriously, if his first acts as president are an indication. On Monday, the






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Police shoot and kill man, 73 for holding a crucifix

Apparently, it is a crime, punishable by death, to have anything in your hands when stopped by a police officer. In this case, that anything was a crucifix. On Monday morning, police in Bakersfield, California fatally shot 73-year-old Francisco Serna seven times. No gun was found on the scene. Instead, Serna, who suffered from mild






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