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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
  • Pope says marriage annulments should be free

    Addressing the Vatican tribunal primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments, Pope Francis said all annulment processes should be free of charge.

    "The sacraments are free. The sacraments give us grace. And a matrimonial process pertains to the sacrament of matrimony. How I wish that all ...

    Pope Francis embraces a young man during the Wednesday audience. (CNS photo/ Tony Gentile, Reuters)
  • Pro-life Generation Tweets from March in Washington

    The 42nd annual March for Life and rally in Washington is twice as old as its crowd of predominantly college and high school age students. And as each year's turnout seems younger, so do the day's tools.

    Participants at the Jan. 22 event not only met up ...

    Several Capitol Hill lawmakers address marchers. (CNS photo/Leslie E. Kossoff)
  • Vatican experts use forensic science to unravel mysteries

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Scientific advancements in imaging technology, genetics and nano research have allowed museums to make new and surprising discoveries about the tightly wrapped mysteries of ancient mummies.

    The Vatican Museums also have been employing the latest state-of-the-art laboratory tools and tests to find out ...

    A child-sized mummy from the Vatican Museums' collection
  • Pope names former top prosecutor to head board for clergy abuse appeals

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis named the Vatican's former chief prosecutor of clerical sex abuse cases to head his new doctrinal team dealing with appeals filed by clergy accused of abuse.

    Auxiliary Bishop Charles J. Scicluna, 55, of Malta was appointed president of the new board ...

    CNS photo/Paul Haring
  • Supreme Court to take up same-sex marriage cases

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Supreme Court Jan. 16 agreed to hear four cases over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, tackling the questions of whether the 14th Amendment requires states to allow such marriages and whether it requires them to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states.

    In ...

    Jim Derrick and Alfie Travassos exchange rings as they get married at the Salt Lake County Government Complex in Salt Lake City last October.
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<p>As a young woman she became a member of the Third Order of St. Francis (now known as the Secular Franciscan Order), and lived a life of great austerity, wishing, like St. Francis, to own nothing, not even a bed. Early in life she was appalled at the ignorance among poorer children, whose parents could not or would not teach them the elements of religion. Angela’s charming manner and good looks complemented her natural qualities of leadership. Others joined her in giving regular instruction to the little girls of their neighborhood. </p><p>She was invited to live with a family in Brescia (where, she had been told in a vision, she would one day found a religious community). Her work continued and became well known. She became the center of a group of people with similar ideals. </p><p>She eagerly took the opportunity for a trip to the Holy Land. When they had gotten as far as Crete, she was struck with blindness. Her friends wanted to return home, but she insisted on going through with the pilgrimage, and visited the sacred shrines with as much devotion and enthusiasm as if she had her sight. On the way back, while praying before a crucifix, her sight was restored at the same place where it had been lost. </p><p>At 57, she organized a group of 12 girls to help her in catechetical work. Four years later the group had increased to 28. She formed them into the Company of St. Ursula (patroness of medieval universities and venerated as a leader of women) for the purpose of re-Christianizing family life through solid Christian education of future wives and mothers. The members continued to live at home, had no special habit and took no formal vows, though the early Rule prescribed the practice of virginity, poverty and obedience. The idea of a teaching congregation of women was new and took time to develop. The community thus existed as a “secular institute” until some years after Angela’s death.</p> American Catholic Blog I hear far more people discuss the presence of evil in their lives than they do the supreme power of grace. God is bigger than evil!
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