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Today is ‘hour of the laity,’ Archbishop Gomez tells Encuentro delegates

By Norma Montenegro Flynn  Catholic News Service GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) — Hispanic Catholic leaders are living an important moment in the history of the Catholic church in the U.S. and are called to rise and continue the work of building … Continue reading

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Pope in Lithuania: Don’t let anti-Semitism, hatred resurge

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS) — Outside the former KGB headquarters in Vilnius, Pope Francis ended a day of paying homage to victims of totalitarianism and of warning Lithuanians to be attentive to any signs of … Continue reading

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God is patient, even with failures, pope tells young Lithuanians

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS) — Meeting young Lithuanians in Vilnius, Pope Francis said he wanted a relaxed conversation, like they were sitting in a pub drinking “a beer or a gira,” a slightly alcoholic beverage … Continue reading

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Find strength in tolerance, solidarity, pope tells Lithuanians

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS) — In Lithuania, a nation that experienced invasions, atrocities and persecution, Pope Francis began his visit with a plea to break down walls of suspicion and fear. “If we look at … Continue reading

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Continue to be an evangelizing church, nuncio tells Encuentro delegates

By Norma Montenegro Flynn  Catholic News Service GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) — Quoting from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel,” Archbishop Christophe Pierre encouraged Hispanic Catholic leaders and bishops to continue working toward being an evangelizing church by … Continue reading

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Encuentro opens with procession, papal message, prayers for abuse victims

By Norma Montenegro Flynn  Catholic News Service GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) — A video message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crosses representing all of the participating episcopal regions were the highlights during the first day of the National … Continue reading

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In letters to German cardinal, retired pope defends way he stepped down

Updated 11:41 a.m. By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI expressed his displeasure with the way a German cardinal publicly criticized his stepping down as pontiff, and he defended taking the title “pope … Continue reading

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