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Saturday, February 13, 2016
  • Surge in Zika virus rekindles abortion debate in Brazil

    SAO PAULO (CNS) -- The president of the Brazilian bishops' conference criticized a proposal by the U.N. Human Rights Commission that countries allow abortion in cases in which the mother was infected with the Zika virus.

    "Abortion is not the answer for the Zika virus," Archbishop Sergio ...

    Ana Beatriz, a 4-month-old girl with microcephaly, is seen in a photo obtained Feb. 9 in Lagoa do Carro, Brazil.
  • A brotherly embrace brings pope and Russian patriarch together

    HAVANA (CNS) -- At long last, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow embraced, kissing each other three times.

    "Finally," the pope told the patriarch Feb. 12 as they met in a lounge at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. "We are brothers," he told the ...

    Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and Pope Francis meet at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana Feb. 12.
  • Pope, meeting Iraqi leader, urges work for reconciliation

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Pope Francis expressed his hopes that Iraq and other war-torn countries would have leaders strong enough to bring once-divided peoples together.

    "I wish for Iraqis and for all of us -- for the whole world -- leaders ...

    Pope Francis shakes hands with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during a Feb. 10 meeting at the Vatican.
  • Mexican prison riot leaves 52 dead on day before pope arrives

    MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- A prison riot in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey has claimed 52 lives, offering another example of the problems plaguing Mexico's prison system and casting a pall over the arrival of Pope Francis in the country.

    Nuevo Leon Gov. Jaime Rodriguez Calderon ...

    Relatives of prisoners demand information about the Feb. 11 riot at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Supreme Court, states give death penalty laws another look

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The death penalty in the United States is repeatedly getting hit by the pause button -- which doesn't mean it is going away anytime soon, but at the very least it is getting a second look by state legislatures, courts and the U.S. ...

    A guard escorts a hearing-impaired inmate down a corridor of death row at San Quentin State Prison in California.
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<p>Francesco was born in Taranto to very poor parents. His father’s death left the 18-year-old Francesco to care for the family. Having secured their future, he entered the Friars Minor at Galatone in 1754. For 53 years he served at St. Paschal’s Hospice in Naples in various roles, such as cook, porter or most often as official beggar for that community. </p><p>“Love God, love God” was his characteristic phrase as he gathered food for the friars and shared some of his bounty with the poor—all the while consoling the troubled and urging everyone to repent. The charity which he reflected on the streets of Naples was born in prayer and nurtured in the common life of the friars. The people whom Giles met on his begging rounds nicknamed him the “Consoler of Naples.” He was canonized in 1996.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus, our crucified Lord, you know us better than we know ourselves. Help us to see the ways in which we not only act out in selfishness, greed, or shortsightedness, but also in those ways we choose to ignore, forget, and step over aspects of our lives and others for which we need 

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The February release date of writers and directors Joel and Ethan Coen's comedy "Hail, Caesar!" (Universal) could hardly be more appropriate. 

That's because this loving sendup of golden-age Hollywood represents nothing short of a supersized valentine presented by the sibling collaborators ...

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