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Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — At his first Mass in the Philippines, Pope Francis demonstrated that he was not simply reading English, but understood it. The prepared text of his homily began with Jesus’ words to St. Peter, “Do you love me? When the pope read those words, someone close to the front of the cathedral responded yes. The pope, laughing, responded, “Thank you,” then explained, “I was reading the words of Jesus.”

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Pope Francis Continues to Take the World by Storm


Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — During the second year of his pontificate, Pope Francis was still feeling the love, and not just from Catholics or those from his homeland of Argentina.

A Pew Research Center study released Dec. 11 showed that the pope has broad support across much of the world. Sixty percent of the 43 nations polled had a positive view of the pontiff.

And Americans, in particular, have shown their fondness for Pope Francis, often extolling his simple style. According to the Pew study, 78 percent of Americans view the pope favorably.

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Pope Francis pleased about U.S. and Cuba agreement


2014-12-19 Vatican Radio
Pope Francis: pleased about U.S. and Cuba agreement (Vatican Radio)
Pope Francis spoke on Thursday at his joy over the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba, two nations who have been estranged for many years, saying this was a result of diplomacy….He said the work of an Ambassador is to take small steps aimed at building peace, bringing the hearts of people closer together and sowing brotherhood between peoples and nations.

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Bon Secours Sister Professes Final Vows

You did not choose me: I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures forever.” John 15:16

Sister Bernadette Claps (Bernie), CBS reached a tremendous milestone in her life on November Ninth of 2013, when she professed her perpetual vow’s-her commitment to serve God as a religious sister for the rest of her life!

Her final vows were celebrated by the community, in a ceremony that began with a liturgy within which Sister Pat Eck, CBS, the congregation leader received Sister Bernie’s profession. After the ceremony Sr Pat shared, “This is particularly meaningful to me, since during Bernie’s time preparing for this day she lived in the community where I lived.”

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We invite single Catholic women (ages 19-45) to experience the life of the Sisters of Bon Secours and to learn more about religious life as a nun. You will have the opportunity to be with sisters as you learn about our life. You’ll also meet and share with other women who are exploring religious life as a life option. This weekend offers time for discussions, prayer and reflection, Mass, relaxation, and conferences.

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