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Pope Francis calls on Europe’s parishes, religious houses to take in refugees

VATICAN CITY — Given the ongoing crisis of people fleeing from war and poverty, Pope Francis asked every parish and religious community in Europe to take in a family of refugees as a concrete sign of hope and God’s mercy.

Merciful: Facilitating forgiveness does not downplay sin

VATICAN CITY — Always, but especially during a Holy Year, the Catholic Church does everything possible to help Catholics repent of their sins, receive forgiveness and draw closer to God.


Annette E. “Nettie” Duke, 85, a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Benton, died Aug. 13. She is survived by …

Media-savvy bishop lands in Hollywood with new flock

WASHINGTON — In an era where Catholics are pretty much an afterthought on television, the sight of any cleric on the small screen almost immediately evokes thoughts of “the next Bishop Sheen” — the 1950s prime-time inspirational program host Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

New study looks at American Catholic families and their faith life

WASHINGTON – More than half of young Catholic families participating in a recent survey identified themselves as Latino or Hispanic, a finding the president of Holy Cross Family Ministries said will require new ways of ministering in the U.S. Catholic Church.

What do you know about Pope Francis?

“Pope Francis has a lot of interesting and unique talents. He is a scientist. I think that’s great because …” (Youthspeak, Seeds of Faith)

Spotlight on saints

St. Vincent de Paul grew up in France in a poor family. In 1600, at age 19, he was ordained a priest and went to live in Paris. (Kids’ Chronicle, Seeds of Faith)

Bishop Barron’s ‘2 Samuel’ commentary highly readable

For the lay person, a Bible commentary is typically seen as a study guide or reference tool. It is a rare commentary that one would read cover-to-cover just because it is interesting, but such is Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron’s “2 Samuel.” (Book review)

Pope’s ravioli story: Asking questions can unlock much-needed wisdom

I’m reading a book that speaks to me as a journalist, Brian Grazer’s 2015 release “A Curious Mind: The Secret To A Bigger Life.” In it, the 64-year-old Emmy-winning movie producer recounts his practice of conducting “curiosity conversations” twice a month for the past three decades to fill up his knowledge reserve and walk in someone else’s head. (Columns)

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