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Following in St Francis’ footsteps

The simple message of faith handed on by St Francis of Assisi was at the heart of a gathering of hundreds of Franciscans from all over the world when they converged on Assisi, Italy, recently. CAROL GLATZ reports for Catholic News Service.

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Dolan takes the reins in NY

NEW YORK (CNS): Archbishop Timothy Dolan predicted his style as New York's archbishop will differ from that of his predecessors, but the substance will be the same.

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Pope set to visit quake victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Encouraging solidarity with the victims of the earthquake that struck central Italy on April 6, Pope Benedict XVI also promised to visit the survivors.

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Franciscans ready to celebrate anniversary

VATICAN CITY (CNS): About 1800 Franciscan friars from all over the world were to have converged on the Umbrian hill town of Assisi, Italy, in the past few days to celebrate the 800th anniversary of papal approval of the Franciscan rule.

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Pope John Paul II beatification’s final lap

As the Church considers the possibility of Pope John Paul II being declared a saint, Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service JOHN THAVIS reports on speculation that the late pope will be beatified on the fifth anniversary of his death on April 2 next year.

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Migrants die in bid for freedom

ROME (CNS): The drowning death of hundreds of people trying to immigrate to Europe through Libya in late March is a sign of the desperation of the poor and persecuted, and of the failure of government efforts to stop illegal immigration, several Catholic agencies said.

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Base vocations on trust: Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Embracing a religious vocation is not about feeling worthy or strong enough to be one of God's privileged ministers and witnesses, Pope Benedict XVI said.

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Rebuilding after a living hell

As Victorian communities celebrate their first Easter since the devastating bushfires of February, SELINA VENIER gives an insight into how one family is recovering with a sense of hope.

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