Prince Charles praises St. Newman; others promote him as ‘doctor of the church’

On the eve of the canonization of St. John Henry Newman, Britain's Prince Charles penned an article about England's newest saint for the Vatican newspaper.
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Kindly lights in gloomy world: Pope declares five new saints

Saints are people who recognized their need for God's help, who took risks to discover God's will and to help others and who nurtured a habit of thanksgiving, Pope Francis said.
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Banners unfurled as faithful share stories of five saints

The Vatican hung banners of the Catholic Church's newly canonized saints four days before the Mass that would officially recognize that they are in heaven with God.
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Cardinal Sarah: To oppose the pope is to be outside the church

Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, said the people who portray him as an opponent of Pope Francis are being used by the devil to help divide the church.
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Being elected pope doesn’t wash away one’s sins, pope says

While his responsibilities are greater and his prayer list longer, Pope Francis said he's basically the same person he was before he was elected in 2013, so he still goes to confession every two weeks.
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God loves, rescues even those in the ‘hell’ of addiction, pope says

Pope Francis slipped out of the Vatican Sept. 24 to spend the day with members of an Italian lay community, the young people in recovery they assist and tenor Andrea Bocelli.
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German ‘synodal way’ is rapid response to abuse scandal, conference says

The bishops of Germany, reacting to an independent study of the extent of clerical sexual abuse in their country and its possible causes, chose to initiate a "synodal" process that was not a synod or a plenary council.
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Despite human sinfulness, God’s projects will endure, pope says

The Catholic Church will endure, despite the frailty and sins of its members, because it is God's project, Pope Francis said.
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Vatican officials offer guidance for German church gathering

The German bishops' plans for a two-year process of consultation and deliberation on key issues facing the Catholic Church must conform to universal church law and must be approved by the pope, said the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.
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Ideological fixation, not ‘loyal criticism,’ feeds possibility of schism, pope says

Pope Francis told reporters he hoped and prayed the Catholic Church would not experience a new schism, but human freedom means people always have had and will have the "schism option."
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Amid economic growth, pope urges Mauritius to care for the young, poor

Statistical indicators show Mauritius' rapid economic growth has benefited all sectors of society, lifting thousands out of poverty over the past 30 years, but Pope Francis still urged the island's Catholics to be careful.
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Hard work, tender hearts: Pope prays for Madagascar’s working poor

Standing where the phrase "by the sweat of their brow" is a daily reality for hundreds of Madagascar's poor, Pope Francis prayed for those whose daily bread is earned by hard physical labor and for the unemployed longing to earn a living for their families.
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