Pope announces new cardinals from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos, Salvador

Unusually, the group of prelates announced by the pope May 21 includes an auxiliary bishop whose archbishop is not a cardinal; he is Cardinal-designate Gregorio Rosa Chavez, 74, the current auxiliary bishop of San Salvador.
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Search for common ground will be key to pope’s meeting with Trump

Despite a few pointed comments in the past and fundamental differences on issues such as immigration, economic policy, military spending and climate change, sparks are not expected to fly May 24.
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Commission reportedly thought first seven Medjugorje visions were real

The commission that now-retired Pope Benedict XVI established to study the alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, reportedly voted overwhelmingly to recognize as supernatural the first seven appearances of Mary in 1981.
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Priest kidnapped in Yemen pleads for help in video message

The heavily bearded and very thin Father Uzhunnalil is shown seated with a cardboard sign in his lap with the date April 15, 2017. A similar video was posted in December.
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Pope pays tribute to modern martyrs, calls for witnesses of God’s love

“So many Christian communities are the object of persecution today! Why? Because of the hatred of the spirit of this world,” the pope said.
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Risen Christ calls all to follow him on path to life, pope says

Jesus is the risen shepherd who takes upon his shoulders "our brothers and sisters crushed by evil in all its varied forms," Pope Francis said.
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Priest born deaf urges sacraments for children with disabilities

All children have a right to religious education and access to the sacraments, said a priest who was born deaf and became blind.
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