Author Archives: Cindy Wooden

Pope clears way for beatification of Salvadoran Jesuit, companions

By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service The Vatican announced Feb. 22 that Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of a fellow Jesuit, Salvadoran Father Rutilio Grande, and two companions who were murdered en route to a novena in 1977 in … Continue reading

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Pope shares his ‘dreams’ for Amazon region, its Catholic community

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said he dreams of an Amazon region where the rights of the poor and indigenous are respected, local cultures are preserved, nature is protected, and the Catholic Church … Continue reading

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Pope begins New Year with apology, prayers for peace

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis began the New Year with an apology for losing his patience the night before with a woman who grabbed his hand and yanked him closer to her while … Continue reading

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‘A victory for women is a victory for humanity,’ pope says on Marian feast

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The world will not know peace unless there is an end to violence against women, the exploitation of their bodies and the denial of their dignity, Pope Francis said on … Continue reading

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Pope prays Christmas softens hardened hearts to bring peace, justice

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The light of peace, hope and salvation brought into the world with the birth of Jesus is stronger than the darkness of war and despair, but spreading that light requires … Continue reading

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Christmas says, ‘You are loved,’ pope says in homily

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christmas night tells each person, no matter how poor or sinful, that they are utterly and totally loved by God, Pope Francis said as he celebrated Jesus’ birth. The grace … Continue reading

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Pope sets term of office for dean of College of Cardinals

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After accepting the resignation of 92-year-old Cardinal Angelo Sodano as dean of the College of Cardinals, Pope Francis changed the norms of the office so that the dean would be … Continue reading

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Immaculate Conception is feast of hope for sinners, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Mary, conceived without sin, is a “masterpiece” who reflects “the beauty of God who is all love, grace and self-giving,” Pope Francis said on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. … Continue reading

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Pope asks Catholics to set up, be enchanted by a Nativity scene

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of his love “by smiling and opening his arms to all,” Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Having a friend who is poor will help you get to heaven, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The poor are the church’s treasure because they give every Christian a chance to “speak the same language as Jesus, that of love,” Pope Francis said, celebrating Mass for the … Continue reading

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