Author Archives: Cindy Wooden

Catholic leaders in Syria criticize U.S. missile strikes

UPDATED 11:07 a.m. April 7 By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two prominent Catholic leaders in Syria criticized the U.S. missile strikes against their nation, wondering why they occurred before investigations into the origins of chemical attacks reported April … Continue reading

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Spread hope, preach Christ, don’t worry about numbers, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — Visiting Milan, the center of Italian fashion and finance, Pope Francis spent the morning with the poor and those who minister to them. He had lunch at the city’s historic San … Continue reading

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Pope’s tip for becoming a saint: Pray for someone who doesn’t like you

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — A practical first step toward holiness — as well as toward assuring peace in one’s family and in the world — is to pray for a person who has caused offense … Continue reading

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Violence fixes nothing; world needs politics of peace, pope says

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Calling for a new style of politics built on peace and nonviolence, Pope Francis also called for disarmament, the eradication of nuclear weapons and an end to domestic violence and … Continue reading

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Pope recognizes martyrdom of Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States. The Vatican made the announcement Dec. … Continue reading

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Pope extends special Year of Mercy provisions on confession

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Acknowledging and sharing God’s mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said. “Mercy cannot become … Continue reading

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Top Vatican official congratulates Trump, offers prayers

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Congratulating Donald Trump for his victory in the U.S. presidential election, the Vatican secretary of state expressed hope that people would work together “to change the global situation, which is … Continue reading

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