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Pope Francis Makes a Surprise Visit to House that Serves the Disabled

ITALY – Pope Francis loves surprises. This weekend, he spent time at a cooperative for the disabled, Durante e Dopo di Noi, Casa OSA. The home is part of a non-profit foundation that has assisted people with disabilities since 1984. Pope Francis shook hands and gave hugs. During his visit, he spent individual time with …

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After an 8 Month Wait, the Diocese of Salina Has a New Bishop

SALINA – Pope Francis announced today that Reverend Monsignor Gerald (“Jerry”) L. Vincke has been appointed as the 12th bishop of the Salina Diocese in Kansas. Currently, Monsignor Vincke serves as a priest for the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. He is pastor of Holy Family Parish in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio …

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Pope Francis’ Lamborghini Raises $937,845 for Charity

VATICAN CITY –  Last year, Lamborghini gave an unrepeatable, special edition race car to Pope Francis. The design paid homage to the colors of the Vatican City flag. The car was detailed with Bianco Leda Sportivo leather and Giano wheels. The finishing touch was Pope Francis’ signature on the bonnet of the car. But you wouldn’t …

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Every Chilean Bishop Just Submitted His Resignation to Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY – Following three days of an emergency summit meetings at the Vatican  every one of Chile’s 34 bishops offered their resignations to Pope Francis. The resignations were accompanied by an apology to the people of Chile for the sex abuse scandal that has impacted the entire country. Pope Francis called the meeting in …

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‘Cor Orans’ Requires Contemplative Orders to Join Federations

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican recently released “Cor Orans” (“Praying Heart”), a document that addresses Catholic women religious in cloistered communities. The 34 page long document “intends to make clear the provisions of the law, developing and determining the procedures in the execution” of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Constitution on women’s religious orders which was released …

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The Catholic Church Is Dull and Boring – Just Check out Our Pope!

The Catholic Church is so boring. Look at how dull and unimpressive cathedrals are. There’s nothing exciting ever happening in Catholicism. You definitely would never want to go on a pilgrimage (especially not to visit Guadalupe). But if you really want to be bored, all you have to do is look at the leader of …

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5 Quotes from Gaudete Et Exsultate That Will Make You Smile

Pope Francis, with his signature blend of happy smiles and seemingly endless joy, released his newest Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad) last month. The whole document is worth reading, because it’s filled with wonderful insights, practical advice, and just enough challenging lines to make you re-evaluate where you are in your own …

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Pope Francis Comforts Child Grieving the Loss of His Atheist Father

ROME – Pope Francis made his pastoral visit to the Roman parish of San Paolo della Croce a Corviale this week. During his visit, Pope Francis visited the young and old. He celebrated Mass and spent time with the sick and impoverished. Pope Francis also answered questions from children during their Catechism class. Some children …

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How (And How Not) to Read Gaudete Et Exsultate

This week’s big news in the Catholic world is the publication of the latest apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et exsultate. If you’re especially active on social media, your timeline might’ve been flooded with quotations and opinions since day one. However, many of us who have a packed schedule and have not had the chance to read …

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The Obscure and Holy Saints of Gaudete et exsultate

It is no surprise that Gaudete et exsultate, Pope Francis’ latest apostolic exhortation on holiness is making news (and waves!). Hopefully, it is also making saints. Pope Francis exhorts the faithful to seek holiness. He encourages and edifies us, giving us the examples of many saints. Forty to be exact, (if we include those declared venerable …

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