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  • Raul Castro to host Pope and Russian Orthodox leader
    Pope to meet Russian Orthodox Leader in Havana
    Pope Francis will travel to Cuba next week to meet Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox church, the first such encounter of its kind in history.The pope will fly into Havana on the 12th February and be hosted by Cuba’s president, Raul...
  • Pope's Philly car sells for $82,000
    'Pope's Philly Fiat' sells at auction for $82,000
    When Pope Francis chose a Fiat 500L as his official vehicle during his first visit to the United States last year, it made sense. The 500L is a modest car and quite in keeping with the Pontiff's humility. There was another reason, though, that...
  • Pontiff decrees women may receive foot washing rite for first time
    Pontiff decrees women may receive foot washing rite for first time
    The Reform announced Thursday (Jan. 21) that Pope Francis has challenged the sexist tradition of excluding women from the foot-washing rite on Holy Thursday. The Pontiff will allow priests to not only wash the feet of women, but to also open the...
  • The Church Faithful dressed as the three Magi in celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany
    Pope Francis: A Christian 'does not exist to condemn people'
    Advice to the Christian faithful in the Roman Catholic community worldwide is encapsulated in the first book of the Holy Father as Pontiff, entitled “The Name of God is Mercy: A Conversation with Andrea Tornielli,” published in...
  • Behind the Walls of the Vatican
    Behind the Walls of the Vatican
    Upon returning from meetings at the Vatican in Rome, I submit this report.The connection to the Vatican actually began when StarShine was still a new idea, several years ago. At that time, I received a call from a member of one of the Catholic...
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    2015: The year of political firsts
    In 2015, America saw the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations, a brand-new House Speaker, a whopping 17 people declare their candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, and a Bush and a Clinton once again enter the race for the White...
  • Pope assures non-believers: You do not have to believe in God to go to heaven
    Pope assures non-believers: You do not have to believe in God to go to heaven
    Pope Francis continues to surprise many Christians and non-Christians alike. In an open letter published in the Roman newspaper LaReppublica Friday, Pope Francis assured non-believers that they did not have to believe in God to go to heaven. In a...
  • Marker of a football game during the Christmas Truce
    Christmas truce 1914 - Can we do it again?
    This time of year, this is often quoted from the King James Version of the Bible, Old Testament, Isaiah 9:6: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called...
  • Pope Francis
    Pope Francis' Christmas message: Speaks against terrorism and calls for peace
    Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message on Friday, Dec. 25 as he has done for the past three years since he became head of the Catholic church. According to Reuters on Friday, Pope Francis read his traditional Christmas Day address from the...
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    Pope Francis gives Christmas address
    In his annual Christmas homily celebrating a Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis (79) warned today against intoxication by one’s possessions. He is calling for humility and contentment in juxtaposition to a world...
  • The Force Awakens Vatican
    The Force Awakens: Vatican fails to pass its blessing onto newest Star Wars film
    The Vatican says reviewers of The Force Awakens are mistaken... about a great many things. An editorial in a Vatican newspaper has shredded The Force Awakens, calling the newest installment of the Star Wars saga nothing more than “a reboot...
  • The Jubilee of Mercy is Here!
    The Jubilee of Mercy is Here!
    Earlier this month, the Holy Doors at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago (and other Catholic Churches around the world) were officially opened to mark the beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy.Pope Francis announced the Jubilee of Mercy himself, and...
  • Bernie Sanders, number one with Time voters
    Will Bernie Sanders be Time's person of the year?
    This week, TIMEmagazine will announce its 'Person of the Year', but it appears the public has already spoken. Based on the results of a poll of the magazine's readers, three names have been deemed most worthy. Not surprisingly, in...
  • Catholic Bishops Are Getting It Right
    Catholic Bishops Are Getting It Right
    Congratulations to Catholic Bishops in the Chicago area, across Illinois, and throughout the United States for getting it right! The bishops haven't gone “right” in terms of right-wing politics -- as some have alleged – but...
  • Pope Francis: 'The Church is the doorman, not the boss of God's home'
    Pope Francis: 'The Church is the doorman, not the boss of God's home'
    The Pope reminds those gathered for a General Audience in St. Peter's Squarethis week that “all are welcome: to experience the mercy of God, and that for this reason, the Roman Catholic Church must always be sure to keep all of her doors...
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