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Anniversary interview: Pope talks about his election, papacy, future

VATICAN CITY (By Cindy Wooden, CNS) — When Pope Francis went out onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time, he said he did not prepare what he was going to say, but “I felt deeply that a minister needs the blessing of God, but also of his people.” He did not know if it was right …

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During Lent, Pope Francis Offers Handy Tips for Confession

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance. After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession — “because we are all sinners” — the pope listed 30 key questions …

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Called ‘Direct Assault’ on Marriage, Morality

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The new movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” is “a direct assault on Christian marriage and on the moral and spiritual strength of God’s people,” Cincinnati’s archbishop told pastors in his archdiocese. “We need to inform our people about the destructive message of this movie and to highlight the beauty of God’s design for loving relationships between a …

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Pope Francis to Address U.S. Congress, First Pontiff to Address Lawmakers

WASHINGTON (CNS) — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Feb. 5 that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24. The pontiff’s “historic visit” would make him the “first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress,” Boehner said in a statement, adding that he was “truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted …

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Bishops Welcome Review of Lethal Injection

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review the use of lethal injections in carrying out executions is a welcome move, said the chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees. The court said Jan. 23 it will review the drug protocols of lethal-injection executions in the state of Oklahoma and consider whether such procedures violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban …

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Austin Diocese Receives Auxiliary Bishop

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has appointed Father Daniel E. Garcia, the vicar general of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, as an auxiliary bishop of the diocese. Bishop-designate Garcia, 54, is an Austin diocesan priest and also is moderator of the curia. The appointment was announced Jan. 21 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United …

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Pope Proclaims Sri Lanka’s First Saint, Right to Religious Freedom

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNS) — Canonizing Sri Lanka’s first saint, who ministered to Catholics under persecution three centuries earlier, Pope Francis proclaimed what he called the “fundamental human right” of religious freedom. “Each individual must be free, alone or in association with others, to seek the truth, and to openly express his or …

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Pope issues ‘firmest condemnation’ of killings at French weekly

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis condemned the killings of at least 12 people at the Paris offices of a satirical weekly newspaper Jan. 7 and denounced all “physical and moral” obstacles to the peaceful coexistence of nations, religions and cultures. “The Holy Father expresses the firmest condemnation of the horrible attack,” said …

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