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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
  • Pope tells quake survivors he will visit them 'as soon as possible'

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he wants to visit survivors and those affected by a deadly earthquake in central Italy as soon as possible.

    He wants to go to the ravaged area to "bring you personally the solace of faith, the embrace of a father and brother, and ...
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    A woman sits outside a tent camp Aug. 27 in Amatrice, Italy, following an earthquake in central Italy.
  • Pope meets with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Continuing his dialogue with leaders in the world of social media and technology, Pope Francis met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

    Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, met the pope Aug. 29 in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where the pope lives.

    "It ...
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    Pope Francis meets Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, during a private audience at the Vatican August 29.
  • Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After a strong earthquake struck central Italy and with the early news reporting many deaths and serious damage, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience Aug. 24 into a prayer service.

    While the pope and some 11,000 pilgrims and tourists recited the sorrowful ...
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    A woman sits amid rubble following a quake in Amatrice, Italy, August 24.
  • 'Icon of mercy': Missionaries superior describes Blessed Teresa

    ROME (CNS) -- Blessed Teresa of Kolkata was a woman who truly felt wed to Jesus, and the freedom she experienced in loving him led her to radical poverty, a courageous outreach and an immense love for the poor, said the superior general of the order Mother Teresa founded.

    "She ...
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    Sister Mary Prema Pierick talks about Blessed Teresa of Kolkata Aug. 24.
  • Flooding in Louisiana has changed region forever, many say

    BATON ROUGE, La. (CNS) -- Water lapped at the heels of Father Michael Galea, steady rain an arduous reminder of Mother Nature's unfinished business.

    With a sadness in his voice, Father Galea, pastor at Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant, estimated that as many as 90 percent of his parishioners ...
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    A statue of Mary is seen partially submerged in flood water in Sorrento, La., Aug. 20.
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