Pope Francis kisses a figurine of the baby Jesus as the start of a Mass marking the feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Magi’s journey reflects people’s longing for God, pope says on Epiphany

Posted by - January 12, 2017

 By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Magi had the courage to set out on a journey in the hope of finding something new, unlike Herod who was full of himself and unwilling to change his ways, Pope Francis said. The Wise Men who set out from the East in

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Pope: Vocations require prayers, open doors, big hearts, busy hands

Posted by - January 12, 2017

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While God is the one calling people to a vocation, clergy and religious have to cooperate by being inspirational role models, keeping their doors open and giving restless young people constructive things to do, Pope Francis said. Praying for vocations and holding meetings to discuss

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Maternity leave: Why the pope wants the church to be a loving mother

Posted by - January 12, 2017

 By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Mother’s Day came early this year at the Vatican. A number of feast days over the Advent and Christmas seasons gave Pope Francis a fresh opportunity to pay homage to the world’s mothers and insist further on how and why he wants the entire church

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A Missionaries of Charity nun stands in the doorway as men enter a center run by the order for an evening meal at the Vatican Jan. 7. The Vatican undertook several initiatives to offer more help to the homeless in the midst of unusually cold weather. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope asks for warm hearts to help homeless deal with the cold

Posted by - January 12, 2017

 By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Looking out over St. Peter’s Square where icicles hung from usually bubbling fountains, Pope Francis prayed for the homeless. The freeze in Rome, subzero temperatures in large parts of Europe and heavy snowfalls in many areas in early January forced the closure of roads and

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Young adult’s ‘dark past’ becomes asset in ministry to recovering addicts

Posted by - January 12, 2017

By Denis Grasska, Catholic News Service SAN DIEGO (CNS) — By any measure, Scott Weeman seems contented. All of the pieces of his life seem to have fallen into place. The 31-year-old is a newlywed, married in September to his wife, Jacqueline. He enjoys the love of his family and a supportive community of friends.

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U.S. bishops say that prayer, local dialogue key to bringing peace

Posted by - January 12, 2017

 By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic Church has a “tremendous responsibility to bring people together in prayer and dialogue, to begin anew the vital work of fostering healing and lasting peace,” said a report by a U.S. bishops’ task force released Jan. 5 in the wake of last year’s incidents

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Woman who survived abortion attempt to speak at Walk for Life West Coast

Posted by - January 12, 2017

By Valerie Schmalz, Catholic News Service SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — Melissa Ohden was delivered during a saline infusion abortion, a 2-pound, 14-ounce baby suffering jaundice and respiratory distress after undergoing five days of inhaling toxic salt and Pitocin-laced amniotic fluid. An adopted child, she did not learn the facts of her birth until she was

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When a mother loses a child, reach out with tears, not words, pope says

Posted by - January 6, 2017

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the depths of despair, when no words or gestures will help, then cry with those who suffer, because tears are the seeds of hope, Pope Francis said. When people are hurting, “it is necessary to share in their desperation. In order to dry the

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