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  • After meeting pope, Venezuelan cardinal says anti-Maduro protests must continue

    After meeting pope, Venezuelan cardinal says anti-Maduro protests must continue

    After Venezuela’s Catholic bishops had a brief session with Pope Francis on Thursday, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas said that while the pope’s role is important, the heavy lifting of exiting the country’s political and economic crisis must be done by the Venezuelans themselves: “We are the ones called to resolve the problems of Venezuela, it’s not the Holy Father who’s going to fix the situation.”

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  • Human life has to be protected at all stages, Pope Francis says

    Human life has to be protected at all stages, Pope Francis says

    During an open-air Mass in the Colombian capital of Bogotá on Thursday, Pope Francis delivered a ringing call to defend human life in all its stages, especially when it’s most vulnerable. As examples of the point, the pontiff cited life “in a mother’s womb, in infancy, in old age, in conditions of incapacity and in situations of social marginalization.”

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  • Francis to Latin American Church: Look to youth, women & laity

    Francis to Latin American Church: Look to youth, women & laity

    In an address to the leaders of Latin America’s continent-wide church council, CELAM, Pope Francis urged them to take forward Aparecida’s ‘continental mission’ by expanding the role of young people, women and lay people. Only well-formed lay believers could rise to the continent’s challenges.

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  • Pope asks Colombian youth to ‘teach us forgiveness’

    Pope asks Colombian youth to ‘teach us forgiveness’

    For the young, the pope said while addressing some 22,000 youth in Colombia, it’s easy to encounter each other, needing only a coffee or a drink as an excuse, knowing that the culture of encounter is not about agreeing on every thought. “Rather, [it is] in knowing that beyond our differences we are all part of something greater that unites and transcends us; we are part of this wonderful country.”

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  • Christ statue mutilated by war to receive papal blessing

    Christ statue mutilated by war to receive papal blessing

    The Friday meeting and prayer of reconciliation are perhaps the highlights of Francis’s five-day visit to Colombia, bringing together some 6,000 victims of the conflict as well as former guerrillas and members of state security forces. At the event will be Bojaya’s Christ statue — perhaps the most powerful reminder of the senseless political violence that left an estimated 220,000 people dead.

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  • Who was St. Peter Claver, whose tomb the Pope will visit this week?

    Who was St. Peter Claver, whose tomb the Pope will visit this week?

    The body of St. Peter Claver is kept and venerated in a shrine in Cartagena, which Pope Francis will visit on Sunday Sept. 10, one day after the saint’s feast day. The legacy of St. Peter Claver is strong in the United States as well, where in the early 20th century the Knights of Peter Claver were founded in his honor in Mobile, Alabama.

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