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In his first year, why this Pope has everyone talking

Last Sunday, a group of us sat on the beach, watching the children play, when the talk turned, as it often does, to Pope Francis. “The Pope said the loveliest thing yesterday. My father in Porto Alegre called me to tell me about it,” my…

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Pope Francis Has Been an Uncompromising Yet Compassionate Pro-Life Leader During First Year

Pope Francis’ first year as the leader of the Catholic Church has been one that has seen him promote a compassionate but uncompromising pro-life perspective. Pope Francis’ first anniversary gives the world an occasion to look back on how he has advanced the teachings of…

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Pope Francis, one year later — calling us to a deeper faith

Standing in St. Peter’s square one year ago amid the euphoria at the installation mass of Pope Francis, an NBC News microphone was suddenly in my face, with a reporter asking my thoughts on our new pope.  My response, based on the little I knew…

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Pope Francis And The Beauty Of His Message, His ‘Abuelo’ Charm

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote an article about what it felt like to see the election of the world’s first Latin American Pope. I wrote about the surge of pride that we felt in our culture and traditions, which could produce so learned…

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A Year with the Joy of the Gospel

Grazie Pozo Christie is a diagnostic radiologist in south Florida who loves her Catholic faith and loves the first pope from the Americas and the evangelical opportunities his popularity has given Catholics in the last year. A Hispanic wife and mother and fellow with the…

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Elected 365 days ago, Pope Francis rides popularity wave

His words command attention, his actions even more so: Pope Francis, elected pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church 365 days ago today, is drawing plaudits from pundits on this first anniversary of his accession. The former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Bishop of Buenos Aires, said…

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W.Va. advances 20-week abortion ban

West Virginia’s legislature wrapped up its work for the year over the weekend, but not before approvinga 20-week abortion ban. An ongoing emotional debate on legislation to ban abortions of fetuses after 20 weeks gestation (HB4588) reached a crescendo in the Senate with a 29-5…

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Texas Faith: Did United Nations report on Catholic Church go too far?

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a stinging report Wednesday that first and foremost called on the Roman Catholic Church to remove all child abusers from its ranks and to open its archives to the committee for independent review of…

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Activists Applaud President Obama’s Focus on Imprisoned Christians Abroad at National Prayer Breakfast

Religious liberty advocates have applauded the recent remarks of President Barack Obama regarding the plight of Christians overseas. At the 62nd annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., President Obama spoke about religious intolerance abroad and mentioned figures such as imprisoned Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini….

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UN panel assails Vatican on priest abuse

The Vatican was the subject Wednesday of a blistering critique by a UN human rights committee that accused the Catholic Church of systematically adopting policies that permitted priests to sexually abuse tens of thousands of children globally over the last several decades. The United Nations…

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