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Fr. Stanley Rother becomes first American-born martyr

Fr. Rother was born in Oklahoma City, OK, making him the first martyr born in the United States In 1986, he was sent to Santiago Atitlan from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. He helped the people build a small hospital, a school and its first Catholic radio station. Fr. Rother was called “Padre Francisco” and






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Pope Francis closes Holy Door to end Year of Mercy

The Pope said the doors of reconciliation should stay open Pope Francis has pulled shut the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, formally ending the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In his homily during Sunday morning Mass in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said that while the year of special prayers and gatherings has ended, people should never close






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Bernini statue commissioned by Pope Alexander VII vandalised

The Elephant and Obelisk statue is situated near the Pantheon in Rome Police in Rome are investigating the apparent vandalism of the famed Elephant and Obelisk statue designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the Piazza della Minerva near the Pantheon in Rome Rome’s cultural authorities said on Monday that overnight vandals broke off the tip






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‘The mercy of God is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality’ – Holy Doors close at the conclusion of the Year of Mercy

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As Holy Doors close in churches and basilicas around the world, including in Rome, it is estimated that over 20 million people participated in the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy at the Vatican – and a billion people may have participated in churches worldwide. According to Msgr. Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for






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