Author Archives: Cindy Wooden

Catholic leaders call for prayers, help after massive Beirut blasts

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Lebanese were reeling after a massive explosion at Beirut’s port destroyed homes, businesses and livelihoods across the capital, and Catholic leaders immediately took action and called for international support. Aid … Continue reading

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Church united by Spirit, not personal beliefs, pope says on Pentecost

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just as the apostles were united once they received the Holy Spirit, the church is united by that same spirit and not by keeping company just with those agree … Continue reading

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From Vatican Gardens, pope leads rosary to pray for pandemic’s end

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With a religious sister who survived COVID-19 and a woman who lost her mother to the coronavirus, Pope Francis led the recitation of rosary and asked Mary to intercede to … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict: St. John Paul’s life marked by mercy, not moral rigidity

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The continuity between St. John Paul II and Pope Francis is rooted in the message of God’s divine mercy for all men and women, retired Pope Benedict XVI said … Continue reading

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Pope joins interreligious prayer, begging God to end pandemic

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At a time of global “tragedy and suffering” because of the coronavirus, and in view of the long-term impact it will have, believers of every religion should beg mercy from … Continue reading

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Pope composes prayers for end of pandemic to be recited after rosary

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis asked Catholics to make a special effort in May to pray the rosary, knowing that by doing so they will be united with believers around the world asking … Continue reading

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Post-pandemic resolutions: Changing ‘normal’ for the better

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has expressed his hope that the post-pandemic world would be marked by more solidarity, concern for others, care for the environment, an appreciation of the church as a … Continue reading

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Pope calls for a ‘contagion’ of Easter hope, peace, care for poor

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In an Easter celebration like no other, Pope Francis prayed that Christ, “who has already defeated death and opened for us the way to eternal salvation,” would “dispel the darkness … Continue reading

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Pope on Palm Sunday: Life, measured by love, is meant to serve others

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With a small procession down the vast and empty central nave of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis began the first of a series of Holy Week liturgies celebrated without the … Continue reading

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Pope announces extraordinary ‘urbi et orbi’ blessing March 27

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said he will give an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time … Continue reading

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