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Pope in Lithuania: Don’t let anti-Semitism, hatred resurge

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS) — Outside the former KGB headquarters in Vilnius, Pope Francis ended a day of paying homage to victims of totalitarianism and of warning Lithuanians to be attentive to any signs of … Continue reading

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God is patient, even with failures, pope tells young Lithuanians

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS) — Meeting young Lithuanians in Vilnius, Pope Francis said he wanted a relaxed conversation, like they were sitting in a pub drinking “a beer or a gira,” a slightly alcoholic beverage … Continue reading

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Find strength in tolerance, solidarity, pope tells Lithuanians

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS) — In Lithuania, a nation that experienced invasions, atrocities and persecution, Pope Francis began his visit with a plea to break down walls of suspicion and fear. “If we look at … Continue reading

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Vatican signs provisional agreement with China on naming bishops

Updated 8:48 a.m. By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS) — For the first time in decades, all of the Catholic bishops in China are in full communion with the pope, the Vatican announced. Pope Francis lifted the … Continue reading

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In letters to German cardinal, retired pope defends way he stepped down

Updated 11:41 a.m. By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI expressed his displeasure with the way a German cardinal publicly criticized his stepping down as pontiff, and he defended taking the title “pope … Continue reading

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Some cry ‘scandal’ to cover their own failings, pope says at Mass

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While God’s holy church is made up of sinners, it also has its share of hypocrites who love to cry “scandal” to point out the failings of others and make … Continue reading

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Irish singer Bono calls pope ‘extraordinary man for extraordinary times’

Updated 2:34 p.m. By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Bono, the lead singer of the Irish band U2, said he told Pope Francis that in Ireland “it looks as though the abusers are being more protected … Continue reading

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