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  • It’s time for Francis and the Vatican to get tough on Venezuela

    It’s time for Francis and the Vatican to get tough on Venezuela

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has unleashed government goons against the Church, entering parish churches to disrupt Masses. On Wednesday of Holy Week, Maduro’s men burst into the Chrism Mass of Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, shouting threats and physically assaulting the cardinal. It would therefore seem time for a denunciation from Pope Francis against the Maduro regime.

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  • ‘The resurrection is not a fantasy,’ Pope Francis insists on Easter Sunday

    ‘The resurrection is not a fantasy,’ Pope Francis insists on Easter Sunday

    Pope Francis once again broke with tradition on Easter Sunday, delivering a largely improvised homily centered on a phone call from the day before with a young engineer suffering from a serious illness. Francis said he attempted to explain to the young man that while God does not give explanations for the suffering of the world, he does offer the promise of the resurrection, which the pope insisted is no mere “fantasy.”

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  • Pope Francis channels his inner Grinch, for a good cause

    Pope Francis channels his inner Grinch, for a good cause

    We’re so accustomed to seeing the buoyant, beaming Francis in public, hugging the elderly, kissing babies, slapping backs and issuing memorable one-liners, that it’s always arresting to catch him in those more somber moments, when his aim isn’t so much to buy the world a coke but to wake it up.

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  • From Syria to Colombia, Pope issues a clarion call for peace

    From Syria to Colombia, Pope issues a clarion call for peace

    Pope Francis used his traditional ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing on Christmas to review the global situation, and judging by what seemed to be on his mind, it’s a good bet that ending what he’s called a “Pieacemeal Third World War” will loom just as large for this pope in 2017 as it did in 2016.

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  • Pope writes Maduro to demand action on Venezuela’s woes

    Pope writes Maduro to demand action on Venezuela’s woes

    ROME— Facing a socio-political and economic crisis in Venezuela, including a triple-digit inflation rate, shortages of basic goods, and a power crisis despite having the world’s largest oil reserves, Pope Francis has sent a letter to President Nicolas Maduro urging him to work to solve the country’s problems. The information was

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  • Pope on Easter: Only mercy can save the world

    Pope on Easter: Only mercy can save the world

    ROME — In a poignant Easter address, Pope Francis denounced brutal crimes and war — the “spiritual and moral abysses of mankind” that provoke hatred and death — and proclaimed that only God’s mercy can save the world. The Easter Sunday Urbi et Orbi address, “to the city and the

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