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Pope offers prayers for victims of wildfires; death toll climbs

"A special prayer goes to those affected by the fires that are plaguing California. ... May the Lord welcome the deceased in his peace, comfort their families and support those who are involved in relief efforts.
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Pilgrims set out on 50-mile walk in penance, prayer from Emmitsburg to Baltimore

Nineteen people set out Nov. 9 on day one of a three-day trek on foot from Emmitsburg to Baltimore, dubbed “Fifty Miles in Faith: Pilgrimage-Walk for the Priesthood in Penance and Prayer.”
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People must choose: path toward holiness or nothing, pope says

Saints are not just the well-known men, women and young people on the liturgical calendar, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.
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Martin Scorsese asks pope question as pontiff says young people must learn from mistakes of the past

Pope Francis said young men and women today need to learn from their elders what led to the great wars of the 20th century so "they won't fall for the same mistake."
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Saints risk all for love of Jesus, pope says at canonization Mass

Carrying Pope Paul VI's pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognized them, and five others, as saints of the Catholic Church.
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Church must answer abuse survivors’ thirst for justice, archbishop says

Responding to clerical sexual abuse demands truth and justice, not just admitting a sin was committed, said Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna of Malta.
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Inaugural Faith Fest attracts 2,000 to Harford County

The inaugural Faith Fest in Harford County featured opportunities for worship, along with plenty of fun, family-friendly activities culminating in a colorful fireworks display.
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After meeting pope, cardinal says he’s hopeful about addressing crisis

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston struck a determinedly hopeful tone after his long-awaited meeting with Pope Francis to discuss the growing sexual abuse crisis in the United States.
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Notre Dame of Maryland University welcomes biggest freshman class ever 

Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore welcomed approximately 220 freshmen this year, the largest incoming class to enter the university in its 124-year history.
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Pennsylvania grand jury says church was interested in hiding abuse

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said that more than 300 priests were linked to abuse claims and over 1,000 victims were identified.
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Pope calls for respect for migrants amid rising number of deaths at sea

With the rising death toll of migrants and refugees attempting the treacherous voyage across the Mediterranean Sea, Pope Francis urged world leaders to act to prevent further tragedy.
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Faith is lived with joyous gratitude, not slavelike duty, pope says

God always loves and generously gives first before asking for fidelity to his commandments -- which are the words of a loving father showing people the right way to live, Pope Francis said.
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