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At retreat for South Sudan leaders, pope literally begs for peace

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At the end of a highly unusual spiritual retreat for the political leaders of warring factions, Pope Francis knelt at the feet of the leaders of South Sudan, begging them … Continue reading

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Human trafficking is ‘crime against humanity,’ pope says

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Human trafficking is a “crime against humanity,” because it denies the human dignity of the victim, seeing him or her only as a piece of merchandise to be used to … Continue reading

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Retired pope publishes reflection on abuse crisis

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI, acknowledging his role in helping the Catholic Church come to terms with the clerical sexual abuse crisis beginning in the 1980s, wrote an article outlining his … Continue reading

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Seeking Christ’s face: Some believe hilltop shrine holds true relic

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service MANOPPELLO, Italy (CNS) — At the Shrine of the Holy Face in Manoppello, visitors see a transparent cloth encased between two glass panes within an ornate silver frame above the sanctuary’s altar. Once … Continue reading

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All are debtors before God’s love, forgiveness, pope says

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Everyone is “in debt” to God, who offers his infinite love and graces for free, Pope Francis said. “We have received so much: our existence, a father and a mother, … Continue reading

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Devil targets those who succumb to despair, negativity, pope says

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Sometimes Christians seem to prefer complaining and being unhappy in life, but that makes them a perfect target for the devil, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. “Desolation is … Continue reading

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People can call Jesus at any moment; he is always there, pope says

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Everyone has a direct line to Jesus, who is always nearby, ready to listen and help, Pope Francis said. “Jesus likes to see the truth of our heart. Don’t pretend … Continue reading

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