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Pope Names Advisory Board- Big reform in Catholic church expected

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, in his first major decision, on Saturday set up an advisory board of cardinals from around the world to help him govern the Catholic Church and reform its troubled central administration.   The eight cardinals will help him put into place changes in an administration which has been held responsible for some of the mishaps ...

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Christ’s Resurrection vs. Those of Other ‘gods’

Does Christ’s resurrection even matter? This was the question I found myself asking the day after Easter. Life had returned to business as usual, with most of the holiday lessons fading into the background. Nothing about Easter had really fazed me, and why should it? I already knew all of the sermons; I could quote the story of Christ’s death ...

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Persecution of Christians Watch…………

AFGHANISTAN — Christians Thankful for Answered Prayers   Christian workers in Afghanistan are praising God for several recent answers to prayer. Authorities recently stopped a group of Taliban fighters who were preparing to attack multiple sites. The Taliban had loaded a truck with eight tons of explosives, but it did not blow up. It was the largest truck bomb ever ...

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Pope seeks decisive action against sex abuse

Pope Francis has called for strong, specific worldwide measures for the Catholic Church to act “with determination” against clergy sex abuse — the scandal that has rocked the church for more than a decade. It is one of the first actions on a major issue in Francis’ week-old papacy, one marked so chiefly by attention to his humble, cut-the-pageantry style. ...

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Christians Around the World Celebrate Easter

ROME — Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Mass in Saint Peter’s Square attended by a huge crowd. In his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) message and blessing, he called for peace in the world. Tens of thousands turned out for the first Easter Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, in a square beautifully adorned by multi-colored ...

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Pope washes women’s feet in break with church law

In his most significant break with tradition yet, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of two young women at a juvenile detention center — a surprising departure from church rules that restrict the Holy Thursday ritual to men. No pope has ever washed the feet of a woman before, and Francis’ gesture sparked a debate among some conservatives and ...

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Zimbabweans Welcome Possibility of African Pope

HARARE — The sudden announcement by Pope Benedict that he was stepping down was met with an outpouring of emotion in Zimbabwe Monday.  Some welcomed the possibility of an African being elected as the new pope, while others felt the country’s president should take a hint from the outgoing one. Citing advanced age, Pope Benedict, the 85-year-old head of the ...

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Black Cardinal’s In Contention For Papacy..Ghana’s Turckson In The Lead!

Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will retire on February 28 and Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana is next in line, according to Paddy Power, a betting website. Pope Benedict is reportedly retiring “due to advanced age”. The 85-year-old’s papalcy began on April 19, 2005, and less than eight years later he is calling it a day. He’s also been ...

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