Author Archives: Cindy Wooden

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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Pope announces 17 new cardinals, including three from U.S.

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will conclude the Year of Mercy by creating 17 new cardinals, including three from the United States: Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago; Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, prefect … Continue reading

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As his film debuts, Wahlberg finds time to praise priesthood in video

By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Typically, the Facebook page for the Diocese of Providence Office of Vocations in Rhode Island gets anywhere from 3 to 40 likes on their posts — most which celebrate seminarians, priests … Continue reading

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