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    May 4, 2015

    Pope defends Blessed Serra, prays for missionary zeal in Americas

    By Cindy Wooden
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS photos/Paul Haring)

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- People seem to enjoy finding the shortcomings of candidates for sainthood like Blessed Junipero Serra, but they should ask themselves if they would have his generosity and courage to leave everything behind to care for the poor and bring them the Gospel, Pope Francis said.

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    May 3, 2015

    New pro-life group hosts breakfast for nearly 200

    Story and photos by Carolee McGrath
    HOLYOKE – Close to 200 people gathered at the Log Cabin banquet facility here May 2 for a breakfast hosted by the newly-formed pro-life organization, Pro-life of Pioneer Valley.

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    May 2, 2015

    When it comes to scheduling, pope says he's definitely not infallible


    (CNS photos/Paul Haring)

    By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Being infallible when formally defining a doctrine does not mean a pope doesn't make mistakes at other times, Pope Francis said, admitting he caused confusion for about 5,000 members of the Cursillos in Christianity movement.

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    May 1, 2015

    Ancient Catholic tradition of Ember days resurrected by Iowa deacon

    Story and photo by Kelly Mescher Collins, Catholic News Service
    CHARITON, Iowa (CNS) -- The ancient Catholic tradition of Ember days has been resurrected in the Diocese of Des Moines by a deacon who serves in rural ministry.


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