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How this couple has stayed married (and in love) for 75 years

Eulogio Martínez and Martina Abian are 100 and 95 years-old, respectively. They were married Nov. 26, 1942, in Guadalajara, Spain, and they will soon celebrate their 75th anniversary. On the occasion of World Marriage Day, which coincides with the feast of Saint Valentine, the Marriage Encounter movement gave them the “2017 Lifetime of Love” award.






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This is the one thing Pope Francis says you can brag about

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As children we are taught that bragging is bad, especially when we do it to people who have less than us, however, for Pope Francis, there is one thing we should never hesitate to flaunt to whoever we meet: our hope in Christ. Speaking of bragging, the Pope said Feb. 15 that contrary to the






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This couple gave to persecuted Christians, and Pope Francis responded

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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Pope lauds ‘courageous’ witness of abuse victim who forgave

In his preface for a book written by a survivor of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis once again lamented the “monstrosity” of the act, calling the author, Daniel Pittet, courageous for his willingness to forgive his abuser and to share his story with the world. “For those who have been victims of a pedophile it






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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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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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Meet the Creole nun who risked her life to teach slaves

Venerable Henriette DeLille, born a “free woman of color” before the Civil War, had all the makings of a life of relative ease before her. Born in 1812 to a wealthy French father and a free Creole woman of Spanish, French and African descent, Henriette was groomed throughout her childhood to become a part of






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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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This is how Pope Francis keeps his peace amid Vatican ‘corruption’

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In a lengthy, unscripted dialogue with 140 male religious superiors, Pope Francis admitted that there is “corruption” inside the Vatican, but said that despite this, his secret to maintaining peace comes from St. Joseph and a strong prayer life. He also spoke at length on religious life, offering advice to the superiors on how to






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