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Pope Francis offers a blueprint for the perfect bishop

August 26, 2013
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

RIO DE JANEIRO – Bishops should lead without being authoritarian, adopt "simplicity and austerity of life" and care for their dioceses without ambitions for more prominent appointments, said Pope Francis.

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Charismatics stir L. American Church with joyous prayer

August 26, 2013
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

During World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, July 23-28, many worshippers in the crowds could be seen swaying from side to side, arms raised in the air, wearing rapt or joyous expressions on their faces.

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Slum dwellers greet papal visitor with open arms

August 26, 2013
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

RIO DE JANEIRO – Visiting one of this city's notorious "favelas," or slums, Pope Francis denounced corruption and a "culture of selfishness and individualism."

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Pope finds true security in walking with the people

August 26, 2013
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM BRAZIL – With a few Vatican police standing at attention in the back of the Alitalia plane flying him back to Rome, Pope Francis told reporters about his security even before being asked.

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Youth overjoyed to welcome Pope Francis

August 26, 2013
LISE ALVES
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

RIO DE JANEIRO – "I saw the pope! I saw the pope!" yelled Hiago Ferreira de Araujo of Feira de Santana, Brazil, as he jumped up and down like a little kid who had just scored a goal.

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Pope sends youth to make disciples

August 26, 2013
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis commissioned some three million young people to join forces and form what could be called Missionaries Without Borders.

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Smith surprised by media reaction to papal comments on gays

August 26, 2013
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Pope Francis made headlines and caused a stir following comments to reporters on the plane trip back from World Youth Day in Brazil, but despite some interpretations he did not turn Catholic sexual ethics on its head.

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Francis talks freely about Curia reform, alleged gay lobby

Pope Francis

August 26, 2013
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Pope Francis said he was responding to the clear wishes of the College of Cardinals when he set up commissions to study the Vatican bank, Vatican financial and administrative procedures and the reform of the Roman Curia.

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Sister's home serves as an Arctic oasis

August 26, 2013
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

REGINA – The people of the Western Arctic are a resilient people who struggle to overcome great hardships, says Sister Fay Trombley.

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Women called Christ's disciples

Bishop Gerald Wiesner

August 26, 2013
FRANK FLEGEL
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

Germany's Catholic bishops are working hard to create an ordained diaconate for women, Bishop Emeritus Gerald Wiesner told the annual convention of the Catholic Women's League of Canada in Regina, Aug. 11-14.

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