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Invoking the aid of the Holy Spirit and the holy men and women from all over the world recognized as saints, 115 cardinals processed slowly into the Sistine Chapel to begin the process to elect a pope.
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VATICAN CITY – Online betting and trending sites were not the only outlets posting their papal predictions. Italian newspapers are historically the boldest and most confident in their daily speculations and conclave scenarios.
Human health depends on the health of the planet, says a theologian who also works as a naturopath and chiropractor.
TORONTO – There was severe hardship but no famine in West Africa last year. Crops failed, locusts and other insects consumed farmers' fields and at least 18 million people suffered through a food shortage.
Retired Auxiliary Bishop Tadeusz Pieronek of Sosnowiece, Poland, blesses the congregation.
As Holy Week and Easter Week approach, Catholics in the pews will pay closer attention to one particular ministry: the lectors.
By the time you read this, the College of Cardinals will most likely have elected a new pope. However, before the conclave began, the cardinals appear to have gone to great lengths in discussing the issues facing the Church and drawing a profile of the man best able to meet those challenges.
There's a disturbing trend within our churches. Simply put, we are seeing the embrace of our churches become less and less inclusive. More and more, our churches are demanding a purity and exclusivity not demanded by Jesus in the Gospels.
My backyard is again filled with snow, the birds are eager at the feeder, and the icicles hang long and pointed off the eaves. It's hard to believe Easter is so near, that the Passion of our Lord is so soon to be remembered.
Commitment to human dignity is needed more than ever in our world today. One billion among us go hungry, and countless others are sacrificed to the idols of greed, violence and war.