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Punk Rocker Describes His Return to Catholicism. Follow the link by Madeleine Teahan to read more.

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Pope Francis Sends Tweet Asking Prayers for Benedict XVI (3893)

The Holy Father also praised Benedict as “a man of great courage and humility.”

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VATICAN CITY — On the one-year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s announcement of his decision to resign from the Petrine ministry, Pope Francis has sent a tweet, asking the world to join him in prayer for the former pope.

“Today I invite you to pray together with me for His Holiness Benedict XVI, a man of great courage and humility,” the Pope said in a Feb. 11 tweet from his @Pontifex account.

Exactly one year ago, retired Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world when he announced to a gathering of cardinals that he was resigning his office as Bishop of Rome, an event which has not happened in almost 600 years.

Citing his advanced age as the primary factor in his decision, Benedict revealed...READ MORE

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Christian Aid Group Focuses on Helping South Sudan Victims (1691)

The Sudan Relief Fund is using its network of churches to get aid effectively to thousands of South Sudanese affected by the recent civil strife.

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Refugees from South Sudan

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WASHINGTON — The Christian aid organization Sudan Relief Fund is helping thousands of South Sudan’s refugees and internally displaced persons by supplying water and other life-saving assistance in the midst of the country’s devastating conflict.

“We are changing focus” to help the Southern region more directly, said Neil Corkery, the group’s executive director.

While the organization is continuing its development projects around the country, it is “focusing on humanitarian needs” in central South Sudan for those affected by sectarian violence as well as areas that are hosting thousands of displaced persons.

In December 2013, violence erupted between forces loyal to South Sudanese...READ MORE

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Pope: Marriage Can’t Be Based Merely on Emotional Satisfaction (4386)

This misunderstanding about the true nature of marriage is 'promoting a tendency toward divorce or separation,' the Holy Father warns.

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Pope Francis addresses Poland's bishops Jan. 7 at the Vatican's Clementine Hall.

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VATICAN CITY — Speaking to the Polish bishops last week, Pope Francis encouraged a stronger understanding of marriage, accompanied by a merciful attitude toward those in difficult family situations.

“Today, marriage tends to be viewed as a form of mere emotional satisfaction that can be constructed in any way or modified at will,” the Pope said. “Unfortunately, this vision also influences the mentality of Christians, promoting a tendency toward divorce or separation.”

He encouraged pastors to consider how they can help those who are divorced, “so that they do not feel excluded from God’s mercy, from the fraternal love of other Christians and the solicitude of the Church for their...READ MORE

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Little Sisters With Big Hearts (4159)

At the Jeanne Jugan Home in Washington, the Little Sisters of the Poor care for the elderly with both quality health care and joy-filled hospitality.

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A Little Sister of the Poor banters with a resident of the Jeanne Jugan Home in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — More than 60 years ago, Leonard Donatelli was in search of a job in Washington.

“After World War II, I got off of a bus in a rough section of town,” he told the Register Feb. 5. “I was looking for a job. I knocked on the door of this brick building and said, ‘I’m a tailor. St. Joseph sent me to help you.’”

The brick building belonged to the Little Sisters of the Poor. They had been praying to St. Joseph, asking him to send them a tailor for the home. Donatelli worked and volunteered at the Jeanne Jugan Home, a residency center for the elderly poor, until retiring in 1988. Now 91 years old, he is a resident.

“The sisters walk the talk,” he said. “They really want to help...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Mass Is God’s Time (3769)

The Holy Father reflected on the meaning of the Eucharistic celebration on Feb. 10.

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VATICAN CITY -- In his daily homily on Feb. 10, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of the Mass, highlighting how it is a real participation in Jesus’ presence, and he encouraged all to enter more fully into the mystery of the Mass.

“When we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation of the Last Supper: No, it is not a representation. It is something else: It is the Last Supper itself,” the Pope explained in his homily.

Speaking to those present in the chapel of the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, the Pope centered his reflections on the “theophany” spoken of in the first reading, taken from the First Book of Kings, in which David’s son Solomon, the new king, places...READ MORE

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Interfaith Dialogue With Iran Is Possible, Says Jesuit Scholar (2836)

Father Samir Khalil Samir discussed Christian-Muslim relations at a recent event sponsored by the Church movement Communion and Liberation.

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Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir speaking in June 2010 in Birmingham, England.

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Following a number of under-the-radar visits with religious leaders of Iran’s Shiite Muslim community, Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir says religious leaders in the Islamic republic are open to improving relations with Christians.

The renowned scholar believes Iran is eager to engage in wider interfaith discussion. Father Samir’s optimistic assessment is based on unprecedented off-the-record visits and dialogue with Shiite leaders in the Middle-Eastern nation and bordering Iraq.

At last month’s three-day Communion and Liberation "New York Encounter" event, Father Samir confirmed that he traveled to Iran’s holiest city, Qom, just over a year ago for a weeklong conversation with some...READ MORE

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New Orleans Archdiocese Declares Boycott on Planned Parenthood Clinic Collaborators (3153)

Archbishop Aymond declared there is 'no justification,' including economic hardship, for any individual or organization to have a 'direct or indirect relationship' with an abortion provider.

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A pro-life supporter holds a Defund Planned Parenthood sign at the March for Life on Jan. 25, 2012.

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NEW ORLEANS — Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans said his archdiocese refuses to conduct business with individuals or organizations whose work is essential to the construction of a new Planned Parenthood facility that could end up aborting up to 30 unborn children per day.

“We hope that the community invested in the city of New Orleans and in her future will join us in standing for life, not more abortion,” the archbishop said in his Jan. 27 column for the Clarion Herald newspaper.

“All citizens of the New Orleans area must stand together for a peaceful community, not one with more abortion and more Planned Parenthood,” he said.

Archbishop Aymond said that the archdiocese,...READ MORE

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