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  • Pope, meeting Iraqi leader, urges work for reconciliation

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Pope Francis expressed his hopes that Iraq and other war-torn countries would have leaders strong enough to bring once-divided peoples together. "I wish for Iraqis and for all of us ...

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  • Giving to the poor is part of jubilee year, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A jubilee year that does not open people's wallets to share what they have with others is not a true jubilee, Pope Francis said. "This pope isn't inventing that," he insisted. "It's in the Bible." At his weekly general audience ...

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  • Death penalty limbo: Supreme Court, states give laws another look

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The death penalty in the United States is repeatedly getting hit by the pause button -- which doesn't mean it is going away anytime soon, but at the very least it is getting a second look by state legislatures, courts and the U.S. ...

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Mass. Bishop in pastoral urges Catholics to walk 'beyond parish boundaries'


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (CNS) -- Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski issued an invitation and a challenge in his new pastoral letter, "The Wideness of God's Mercy," released Feb. 10, Ash Wednesday. In it he offers words of welcome and notes that the letter was inspired by the Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis. He also said it was a direct response to the people of the Diocese of Springfield.

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Forgive like Jesus, don't accuse like the devil, pope tells Capuchins


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Confessors have two choices: to be like Jesus who readily forgave sins or like the devil who always condemns, Pope Francis said. "You can either do the work of Jesus, who forgives, by giving your lives in prayer (and) through many hours seated there or you do the work of the devil who condemns and accuses," the pope said during Mass Feb. 9 with Capuchin friars from around the world.

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