Author Archives: Cindy Wooden

Pope says he’s strengthened, encouraged by talks with Benedict XVI

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ROMANIA (CNS) — Pope Francis said that he continues to visit retired Pope Benedict XVI, 92, who is like a grandfather who continues to encourage him and give … Continue reading

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Freedom, mercy are lasting legacy of martyred bishops, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service BLAJ, Romania (CNS) — The memory and witness of Romania’s martyred bishops are a reminder that Christians are called to stand firm against ideologies that seek to stifle and suppress their cultural and … Continue reading

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Roses and the cross: Pope meets refugees in Bulgaria

Updated: 11:20 a.m. By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service SOFIA, Bulgaria (CNS) — Twelve boys and girls wearing white T-shirts and dark pants sang for Pope Francis at a refugee center on the outskirts of Sofia. Their songs were cheerful … Continue reading

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At Easter the stones of sin, despair, are rolled away, pope says at vigil

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As individuals and as a church, it can be tempting to dwell on mistakes, failures and sins that block the fullness of life, but Easter is the proclamation that the … Continue reading

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Pope to priests: Best place to be is among the people

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just as Jesus always sought to be with the people to serve, teach and heal them, so, too, must priests always be in the midst of God’s people, “pouring ourselves … Continue reading

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Embrace the cross, trust God will triumph, pope says on Palm Sunday

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Acclaimed by the crowds and knowing he was the Messiah they sought, Jesus still chose the path of humility and self-emptying, focused only on doing God’s will, Pope Francis said … Continue reading

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Atlanta Archbishop Gregory named as new leader of Washington Archdiocese

Updated By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has named Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta as the new archbishop of Washington. The appointment was announced April 4 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican nuncio to … Continue reading

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