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    A supposedly anti-capitalist pope channels his inner entrepreneur

    In terms of broad public perceptions, Pope Francis is often seen as hostile to Capitalism and no real friend of corporate culture. Yet on Saturday in Genoa, he delivered a reflection on business activity worthy of a graduate-level MBA program, among other things arguing that exploiting workers isn't just immoral but also economically self-defeating.

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    Pope in Genoa challenges the 'worldliness' of Catholic life

    In a busy morning, Pope Francis said that the Church is interested in the "dignity of work" because even Jesus was a worker, acknowledged the role religious people have had in the drop in vocations by leading a worldly life, and challenged the young people of Genoa to question whatever the surrounding culture presents as normal, including the fact that the Mediterranean Sea has become a cemetery.

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    Recovering the importance and the lessons of the Ascension

    The Easter season begins to conclude with the Ascension of the Lord. Even though in many places the feast day is now moved from its traditional Thursday observance to a Sunday, it’s easy for it to pass without any notice or attention. This is a sad situation, since the Ascension is such an intimate and essential event in Christ’s earthly ministry and in the observance of the Easter season.

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  • Christian school defends denying pregnant teen graduation ‘walk’
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