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Archpriest Emeritus of St. Peter's Basilica Dies
Cardinal Francesco Marchisano has died at the age of 85. The long-serving prelate passed away at around 10 a.m. Sunday in Urbe, northern Italy. His funeral will be this Wednesday at 8 a.m. in the Vatican basilica. It will be presided by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, and the Holy Fath...

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Pope to Caserta's Priests: Creativity and Unity Is Needed
To face contemporary challenges, priests need creativity, says Pope Francis. Upon arriving in the southern Italian city of Caserta on Saturday afternoon, Francis told priests who had awaited his arrival in the city’s Palatine Chapel they must possess creativity in their vocation to overcome today’s contemporary c...

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Pope Surprises on Private Visit to Caserta
Pope Francis has met privately with Evangelical pastor and friend Rev. Giovanni Traettino in Caserta, southern Italy. After the private visit this morning with the friend he’s known since early ministry in Buenos Aires, the Pope surprisingly met with the Community of the Pentecostal Church of Reconciliation -- wh...

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Pope Gives New Interview Marking 500 Days of Pontificate
In a new interview, given to mark the first 500 days of his pontificate, Pope Francis has reminisced about his youth, discussed immigration and gives a ten point plan for happiness. The first excerpts of the interview appeared as a feature article on Sunday in the Argentine magazine “Viva”, a supplement of the ne...

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Vatican Official on Visit to California Says Latin Church Must Support Eastern Churches Facing Violence
In a visit to the U.S., the prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches called the immigration into the East resulting from the current Middle Eastern conflict a pastoral challenge of “historic proportions.” Presiding at the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Paul the Apostle of the Chaldeans in San Dieg...

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Pope's 2015 Philadelphia Visit Still to Be Confirmed
Despite reports to the contrary, Pope Francis' 2015 visit to Philadelphia has not yet been confirmed. Responding to journalists' inquiries about the possible participation of the Pope in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said the invitation re...

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British Government Accused of Laying Foundation for Rise of Extremism in Iraq
The UK head of a Catholic charity has hit out at the British Government for helping “to lay the foundations” for the rise of extremists in Iraq who have flushed out the last remaining Christians from Mosul after 1,600 years. Neville Kyrke-Smith, national director of Aid to the Church in Need (UK), said the UK’s r...

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Pope's Telegram on Death of Cardinal Marchisano
Below is the telegram Pope Francis sent today expressing his condolences on the death of Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, archpriest emeritus of St. Peter's basilica. *** Your Excellency Msgr. Cesare Nosiglia Archbishop of Turin Via Della Torre 3 10149 Turin I learned the news of the death of Cardinal Fra...

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Communique From Family of Italian Jesuit Who Disappeared in Syria a Year Ago
The family of Fr. Paolo Dell'Oglio, the Italian Jesuit priest of whom there has been no news for a year following his disappearance in the Syrian city of Raqqa, today issued the following communique: *** One year has already passed since we last knew of our son and brother Paolo, priest, Jesuit, Italian, who di...

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Daily Homily: Jesus Told Martha, 'Whoever Believes in Me Will Live'
-- 1 John 4:7-16 Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9,10-11 John 11:19-27 According to the Roman Martyrology, not only do we celebrate today the memorial of Saint Martha, but we also commemorate her sister, Saint Mary of Bethany, and her brother, Saint Lazarus of Bethany. Saint Luke introduces us to Martha and Mary as ...

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