No research can ever justify destroying human embryos, Pope Francis says

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Pope Francis has urged scientists not to take part in a “throwaway culture” by destroying human embryos in the search for a cure to Huntington’s disease. “We know that no ends, even noble in themselves, such as a predicted utility for science, for other human beings or for society, can justify the destruction of human

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Pope Francis: many young people in the Church have fallen into the ‘temptation of rigidity’

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Pray that those who are too rigid learn to follow the way of Christ and his meekness, Pope Francis said on May 5 during his early morning Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae. With the day’s first reading dedicated to the conversion of Saul — who went from fiercely persecuting Christians

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Closed hearts are unable to rejoice in the Resurrection, says Pope

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Christian faith is a grace and can be perceived only in the hearts of those willing to be surprised by the joy of the Resurrection, Pope Francis said. “A closed heart, a rationalistic heart” is incapable of understanding the Christian message which has God’s love – manifested in Christ’s victory over death – at its

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ISIS claim deadly attack on police checkpoint at Sinai monastery

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ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on an Egyptian police checkpoint near the famed Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai late on Tuesday which authorities said killed one policeman and wounded four. The militants opened fire from an elevated hilltop overlooking the police checkpoint just outside the monastery, which is located in a remote desert and

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Risen Christ calls all to follow him on path to life, Pope says

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Jesus is the risen shepherd who takes upon his shoulders “our brothers and sisters crushed by evil in all its varied forms”, Pope Francis has said before giving his solemn Easter blessing. With tens of thousands of people gathered in St Peter’s Square, the Pope called on Christians to be instruments of Christ’s outreach to

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Yes, this is the body and blood of Christ – Host bleeds during Blessed Eucharistic Adoration, Church to investigate

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On April 11, Tuesday of Holy Week, a group of young people were praying before the Blessed Sacrament at the San Miguel drug rehabilitation home in the Guemes neighborhood, when they noticed a change in the Eucharist Juan Ternengo, coordinator of San Miguel house, said that there was a "deep red color, coming out of

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Yes, this is the body and blood of Christ – Host bleeds during Blessed Eucharistic Adoration, Church to investigate

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On April 11, Tuesday of Holy Week, a group of young people were praying before the Blessed Sacrament at the San Miguel drug rehabilitation home in the Guemes neighborhood, when they noticed a change in the Eucharist. Juan Ternengo, coordinator of San Miguel house, said that there was a "deep red color, coming out of

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Victory belongs to one who triumphs over self, not others, says papal preacher

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Jesus came to the world not just to teach, but to radically change human hearts that have hardened from sin, the preacher of the papal household has said during a service commemorating Christ’s death on the Cross. “A heart of stone is a heart that is closed to God’s will and to the suffering of

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Nigeria: Boko Haram Has Killed at Least 500 Priests

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Boko Haram continues to terrorize Nigerians and especially Christians. It is estimated that at least 500 Catholic priests have been killed in the country due to the violent Boko Haram militants. According to a report from NAIJ.com, the 500 priests were all killed in Borno state. In addition, 250 Catholic churches were set on fire

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Egypt bombings won’t stop Pope’s visit for peace, says Vatican

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Despite recent and repeated terrorist attacks against Egypt’s minority Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt. “The Pope’s trip to Egypt proceeds as scheduled,” Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, told Catholic News Service by email on April 10. The Pope is scheduled to meet governmental and interfaith leaders during an April 28-29

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