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Pope: Fragile egos, power grabbers, sad sacks are cancer in church

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The church is not a prop for one’s ego, a soapbox for ideas or a suit of armor protecting a sad life, Pope Francis said. “The church exists only as an instrument for communicating God’s merciful plan to the people,”…



Time of mercy: Holy doors close, but mission of mercy continues

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Year of Mercy brought more than 20 million pilgrims to Rome, but for Pope Francis, the idea always was that the celebration of God’s mercy would be local: have people experience God’s love in their parishes and send them out…


Protecting planet is ethical, moral obligation, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The vulnerability of the poor and of future generations to the impact of climate change creates a “serious ethical and moral responsibility to act without delay and as free as possible from political and economic pressure” to slow climate change…


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New year brings new formation opportunities for catechists

By Katherine Long, Editor Parish Faith Formation students won’t be the only ones growing in faith this school year — their catechists and catechetical leaders will have new opportunities to continue their formation as well. The Office of Faith Formation is bringing three new avenues for foundational and continuing formation…


Catholics’ postelection to-do list: work for unity, healing

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — All the distrust, vitriol and rancor stirred up during the 2016 presidential election campaign did not go away when votes were tallied. The Nov. 8 election’s outcome, for many, only added more layers of frustration, anger and fear, prompting dozens of…


Differences spur us to look for common ground, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Divided Christians are called to see theological and liturgical differences that are rooted in the apostolic tradition not as a threat but as an impetus for Christian unity, Pope Francis said. Suppressing unity in diversity “goes against the Holy…


Top Vatican official congratulates Trump, offers prayers

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Congratulating Donald Trump for his victory in the U.S. presidential election, the Vatican secretary of state expressed hope that people would work together “to change the global situation, which is a situation of serious laceration, serious conflict.”


500 religious leaders join Standing Rock Sioux in opposing oil pipeline

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — When Sisters Aine O’Connor and Kathleen Erickson heard a call for a peaceful and prayerful presence on the front line of a campaign to protect sacred Sioux lands in North Dakota from a multibillion-dollar oil pipeline project, they knew they had…