Cindy Wooden

Catholic News Service

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Pope announces extraordinary ‘urbi et orbi’ blessing March 27

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said he will give an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at […]

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Pope chooses ‘synodality’ as theme for 2022 synod

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has decided the next world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, which will take place in October 2022, will have the theme: “For a […]

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Church must recognize the gifts of older Catholics, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Old age “is not a disease, it’s a privilege,” and Catholic dioceses and parishes miss a huge and growing resource if they ignore their senior members, […]

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Church needs ‘evangelizing spouses’ to fulfill its mission, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — If many Catholics marry today without fully understanding the permanence of their bond and the grace of the sacrament, it partly is the fault of bishops […]

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Pope tells his elderly peers the prayers of the old are powerful

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On the eve of his 83rd birthday, Pope Francis met with a group of his peers — although many were a few years younger — and […]

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Bishops say ‘ad limina’ meeting strengthens their bond with pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Inspiring “missionary disciples” rather than church-maintenance workers and building up the unity of the Church in a polarized world were some of the topics on the […]

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Bishops say ‘ad limina’ meeting strengthens their bond with pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Inspiring “missionary disciples” rather than church-maintenance workers and building up the unity of the Church in a polarized world were some of the topics on the […]

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‘Ad limina’ visit takes on Marian flavor for Region VII bishops

ROME (CNS) — As the bishops of Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana began celebrating an early morning Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the church was abuzz with activity […]

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Pope asks Catholics to set up, be enchanted by a Nativity scene

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of His love “by smiling and opening His arms […]

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Honor martyrs, work for Christ’s kingdom of peace, pope says in Nagasaki

NAGASAKI, Japan (CNS) — While the world knows Nagasaki as the site of a U.S. atomic bomb blast, for the Catholic Church it is also the site of one of […]

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Pray for the dead, gain indulgences for them, cardinal urges

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The early November feasts of All Saints and All Souls are reminders that God’s Church exists both on earth and in heaven and that all the […]

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Kindly lights in gloomy world: Pope declares five new saints

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Saints are people who recognized their need for God’s help, who took risks to discover God’s will and to help others and who nurtured a habit […]