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9/11 attacks marked loss of innocence

Norris Lenartowicz, centre, a kindergarten student at St Agnes School in Avon, New York stands with his classmates during a remembrance ceremony for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

ALYSSA Badolato, a senior at The Catholic University of America in Washington, described the morning of September 11, 2001, as her loss of innocence. Badolato said she was 10 when the attacks of 9/11 took place. “You didn’t think these things could happen in our country,” she said. “Now there’s this fear. We’re still feeling those effects.” Badolato, former chairwoman ... Read More »

Leaders ask for prayers after shooting

WASHINGTON: As military, police and federal investigators searched for a second suspect in the September 16 shootings at the Washington Navy Yard that left at least 12 people dead, religious leaders and public officials offered prayers for the victims and their families. Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who heads the Washington-based Archdiocese for the Military Services, both ... Read More »

Judging others kills, reflects cowardice

PEOPLE who judge and criticise others are hypocrites and cowards who are unable to face their own defects, Pope Francis said. Gossip, too, is “criminal” as it destroys, rather than exalts the image of God present in others, he said in his early morning homily September 13 at his residence of Domus Sanctae Marthae. “Those who live judging their neighbours, ... Read More »

Pope Francis rallies support for peace in Syria

Syria carnage 2013-09-08

From Catholic News Service UNITED States President Barack Obama is busy trying to convince Congress and US citizens that military intervention in Syria is necessary to maintain American credibility and punish the Assad regime for reportedly using chemical weapons to attack its citizens on August 21. Pope Francis, however, is busy pleading for peace. Three tweets were sent from his @Pontifex ... Read More »

Popes united against the tide

At a weekly public audience earlier this year, the pope underscored one of his characteristic themes - the counter-cultural implications of membership in the Church.

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Pope approves new criminal laws

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has approved a major updating of the criminal laws of Vatican City State, including in areas dealing with child abuse and terrorism financing, and has ruled that any Vatican employee can be tried by the Vatican court for violating those laws.

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Have courage to walk with the Lord

Pope Francis, in his first homily after his election, preached on the need for the Church's action to be based firmly on faith in Christ's sacrifice on the Cross. Rome bureau chief of Catholic News Service FRANCIS ROCCA reports

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