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Friday, January 30, 2015
  • Become islands of mercy in an indifferent world, pope says

    Christians are called to overcome apathy, discouragement and pretentions of self-sufficiency by letting God enter into their hearts, making them joyful, merciful and strong, Pope Francis said.

    Through prayer, charity and humility before God, people receive a heart "which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a ...

    Pope Francis spoke to reporters on a flight from Manila to Rome. (CNS photo / Paul Haring)
  • Father Richard McBrien, theologian, dies at 78

    Father Richard P. McBrien, a retired professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and who was chair of the university's theology department for 11 years, died Jan. 25 at age 78 in his native Connecticut.

    A Jan. 25 announcement by the university said Father McBrien ...

    A Connecticut native, Father McBrioen died there on Jan. 25. (CNS photo / courtesy of the University of Notre Dame)
  • Polls reveal declining support for abortion in U.S.

    A Jan. 21 report from the National Right to Life Committee and new poll results show that abortion is increasingly unpopular in the United States, but also that the number of abortions performed in the United States is at its lowest point since 1975.

    The day after ...

    Nearly 500 students from Catholic schools in North Dakota marched in Washington last week. (CNS photo/ Gregory A. Shemitz)
  • 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)
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Mary Angela Truszkowska: Today we honor a woman who submitted to God's will throughout her life—a life filled with pain and suffering. 
<p>Born in 1825 in central Poland and baptized Sophia, she contracted tuberculosis as a young girl. The forced period of convalescence gave her ample time for reflection. Sophia felt called to serve God by working with the poor, including street children and the elderly homeless in Warsaw's slums. In time, her cousin joined her in the work. </p><p>In 1855, the two women made private vows and consecrated themselves to the Blessed Mother. New followers joined them. Within two years they formed a new congregation, which came to be known as the Felician Sisters. As their numbers grew, so did their work, and so did the pressures on Mother Angela (the new name Sophia took in religious life). </p><p>Mother Angela served as superior for many years until ill health forced her to resign at the age of 44. She watched the order grow and expand, including missions to the United States among the sons and daughters of Polish immigrants. </p><p>Pope John Paul II beatified her in 1993.</p> American Catholic Blog I truly seek a very solitary, simple and primitive life with no labels attached. However, there must be love in it, and not an abstract love but a real love for real people.
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