Author Archives: Cindy Wooden

Holiness means being loving, not boring, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God calls all Christians to be saints — not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the … Continue reading

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‘Cry out,’ pope tells young people at Palm Sunday Mass

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting “hosanna” in the world, proclaiming the lordship of Jesus and following his … Continue reading

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Salesian priest recounts harrowing tale of his capture, liberation

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil was sitting in a room in an unknown location — one of several he had been relocated to during his 18-month imprisonment — when he received … Continue reading

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Pope urges respect for the life and dignity of migrants, refugees

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With millions of people fleeing violence, persecution and poverty around the globe, individual nations must expand options that make it possible for migrants and refugees to cross their borders safely … Continue reading

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Pope names Spanish archbishop to succeed Cardinal Muller at doctrine office

(Updated July 3) By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Promoting the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the office of prefect, Pope Francis chose not to ask German Cardinal Gerhard Muller … Continue reading

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Cardinal Pell, professing innocence, will face charges in Australia

Updated By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Proclaiming his innocence after being charged with sexual abuse, Australian Cardinal George Pell said, “I’m looking forward finally to having my day in court.” “I’m innocent of these charges. … Continue reading

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Pope announces new cardinals from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos, Salvador

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis announced he will create five new cardinals June 28; the new cardinals-designate come from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador. Unusually, the group of prelates announced by … Continue reading

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