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Pope Francis Asks: “Have We Helped Others?”

 

Pope Francis has used his traditional year-end prayer service of thanksgiving to urge people to ask themselves: Did they spend 2013 to further their own interests or to help others?

 That's what we all should `'courageously'' consider as New Year's celebrations get under way, the pontiff said, as he led the service in St

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Pope Celebrates Christmas Mass

 

Pope Francis is marking his first Christmas Mass as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.  He's holding the Mass at a packed St. Peter's Basilica at Vatican City. 

Earlier today, he met with his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict.  B

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Pope Francis “Most Talked About” In 2013

 

A new survey by the Global Language Monitor names Pope Francis the "most talked-about" person of 2013.

Using a global Internet word-tracking program, the organization found that Pope Francis' name was the most cited in articles that appeared throughout the English-speaking world during the year.

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TSM - Final Mass at St. John's, November, 2012

Friends Of St. John the Baptist Hope for Papal Intervention

The Friends of St. John the Baptist Church in New Bedford continue to raise funds for their legal challenge in Rome to keep their historic church open. 

Bishop George Coleman ordered St. John the Baptist Church closed last November, but parishoners like Fred Langevin want the parish to remain active and the church reopened

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Pope Francis Says Church Should Be “Home For All”

 

Pope Francis is calling on the Catholic Church to end it's "obsession" with abortion and same-sex relationships. 

The "New York Times" reports the Pope told an Italian Jesuit Journal it's not necessary to focus on those issues and the church should be a home for all.  H

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Cardinal O’Malley Pushes For Peace In Syria, Immigration Reform

Dozens of Roman Catholic worshippers joined members of the clergy in Boston for a 4-hour prayer vigil for peace in Syria, joining those who answered Pope Francis' call and massed at the Vatican to push for an end to the bloodshed in the Middle East nation. 

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TSM - Final Mass at St. John the Baptist in Nov., 2012
TSM - Final Mass at St. John the Baptist in Nov., 2012

Vatican sides With Bishop, St. John The Baptist Remains Closed

The historic St. John the Baptist Church in New Bedford will remain closed for at least awhile longer. 

The Vatican Congregation for the Clergy has upheld the decision by Fall River Bishop George Coleman to close St

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Pope Won’t Judge Gay Priests

Is the Catholic Church changing its tone with regard to gay clergy and its communicants?

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Pope Francis Praying For Oklahoma Families

Pope Francis is asking people to join him in prayer for the families of the Oklahoma tornado tragedy. 

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Pope Francis Hugs Disabled Local Rhode Island Boy

A magical moment on Easter Sunday for one Rhode Island family, as the newly elected Pope Francis reached down and hugged their son.

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