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Seek, share God’s mercy with the lost, unwanted, pope tells priests

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis told priests to seek the lost, serve the unwanted and share God’s unconditional love. “I ask you to be shepherds with God’s tenderness, to leave the ‘whip’ hanging in the sacristy and be shepherds with tenderness, even with those who create…

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Parents transmit church teaching on marriage by example, pope says

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Children need to see their parents kiss each other, complement each other and resolve arguments peacefully, Pope Francis said. “Dear parents, your children need to discover by watching you that it is beautiful to love another,” the pope told parents participating in the…

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Pope accepts resignations of St. Paul archbishop, auxiliary

Catholic News Service ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Pope Francis accepted the resignations June 15 of Archbishop John C. Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee A. Piche of St. Paul and Minneapolis and named coadjutor Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of Newark, New Jersey, a canon lawyer, to be apostolic administrator of…

Bishops discuss upcoming encyclical, pope’s visit, uses of social media

Catholic News Service ST. LOUIS (CNS) — The U.S. bishops gathered in St. Louis for their spring general assembly heard presentations on the pope’s upcoming encyclical on the environment, the U.S. church’s ongoing work in promoting traditional marriage and the need to remain vigilant in protecting children from abuse.

Pope pushes Putin to work for peace in eastern Ukraine

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican June 10, the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine was the principal topic of their conversation and was a concern for many others as well.