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Pope in Chile to Bishops, Religious: Church Should Seek to Heal World’s Wounds

SANTIAGO, Chile — Pope Francis reminded the Chilean bishops of the importance of living out their priestly fatherhood united in mission with their people in his final address on Tuesday, the first full day of his apostolic trip to Chile and...

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Pope to Women at Chile Prison: Build a Better Future

SANTIAGO, Chile — Pope Francis visited a women’s prison in Santiago on Tuesday, telling the inmates that while at times it might seem like they have no future, they must never stop dreaming and should look for opportunities for personal...

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Pope Francis’ Chile Visit Revives Allegations Against Bishop

SANTIAGO, Chile — As Pope Francis began his visit to Chile, a Vatican spokesman has voiced “maximum respect” for the rights of protesters continuing their three-year opposition to a bishop’s appointment, but the Pope will not meet with them. The...

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Day 1 in Chile, Pope Francis Says Beatitudes Are Sources of Hope

SANTIAGO, Chile — On his first full day in Chile, Pope Francis told Catholics in the country that the Beatitudes aren't just a simple piece of advice from someone who purports to know everything, but they are a source of hope which impels people...

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Report: There Are More Than 215 Million Persecuted Christians Worldwide

WASHINGTON — There are more than 215 million persecuted Christians worldwide, according to the 2018 “World Watch List,” Open Doors USA’s annual ranking of the 50 worst countries for violence and persecution against Christians. The report found...

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Wyoming Catholic’s Great Adventure: Great Books College Celebrates 10 Years

Wyoming Catholic College is marking its 10th anniversary this school year — a milestone that reflects the appeal of the school’s distinctive combination of a Great Books curriculum and strong formation in the Catholic faith with outdoors...

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J.J. Hanson: Remembering a Catholic Witness to Life and Love Over Assisted Suicide

YULAN, New York — Kathleen Gallagher still keeps the voicemail she received from J.J. Hanson in 2015, when the Catholic Church was facing a momentous fight to stop the legalization of assisted suicide in New York state. At the time, momentum...

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Maronite Archbishop Providentially Spared From Death in Syrian Bombing

DAMASCUS, Syria — A bomb fell in the bedroom of the Maronite archbishop of Damascus last week. He was spared death, he says, only because of a Providential trip to the restroom. Archbishop Samir Nassar related that a shell fell on his bed the...

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Pope Addresses Abuse Crisis in Chile: ‘Right to Ask for Forgiveness, Support Victims’

SANTIAGO, Chile — In the first official encounter of his apostolic visit to Chile, Pope Francis expressed his shame and sorrow for the child sex-abuse crisis that occurred at the hands of clergy of the Catholic Church.   “I feel bound to express...

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Flying to Chile, Pope Francis Gives Nagasaki ‘Fruits of War’ Photo to Journalists

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — En route from Italy to Chile on Monday, Pope Francis told journalists of his concerns about war, and especially the use of nuclear weapons, giving each of them a photo of a child in Nagasaki. On the back of the photo is...