Author: Catholic News Agency

Fatima visionary predicted ‘final battle’ would be over marriage, family

December 31, 2016

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Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima, died in 2005. But before her death, she predicted that the final battle between Christ and Satan would be over marriage and family.

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A crash course in Miracles 101

December 30, 2016

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What do a grilled cheese sandwich and the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe have in common?

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What to do if you’re too ashamed to go to Confession

December 30, 2016

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While Reconciliation is intended to allow Christ’s victory to overcome sin in our lives, what happens when shame over one’s sins is so great that it keeps people away from the sacrament?

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​So, Catholic coloring books for grown-ups are a thing…

December 27, 2016

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Coloring books for adults have exploded onto the bookstore scene in the past two years. What was once considered a hobby for the kids is now all the rage for people who are full-grown.

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​Kidnapped priest appeals for pope’s help

December 26, 2016

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A Salesian priest kidnapped in Yemen on March 4 personally appealed for Pope Francis’ help in a video posted to YouTube Dec. 26.

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​Pope: MidEast Christians reflect heroism of St. Stephen

December 26, 2016

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Pope Francis has said the heroic martyrdom of St. Stephen is mirrored in the persecution of modern-day Christians, particularly in the Middle East.

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Pope donates 6 million euro to Ukraine relief efforts for Christmas

December 23, 2016

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After taking up a collection earlier this year to aid families affected by the ongoing crisis in Eastern Ukraine, Pope Francis has decided to distribute an initial sum of 6 million euros to different charity projects as a Christmas gift.

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​Meet the first woman in history to run the Vatican museums

December 22, 2016

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On Tuesday it was announced that Barbara Jatta, a wife and mother of three children, will be the new director of the Vatican Museums — a position that until now has belonged only to men.

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​At Christmas, Jesus offers a new kind of hope, Pope Francis says

December 21, 2016

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While hope can often be viewed as the desire for things out of our reach, Pope Francis has said that the birth of Jesus offers us a new kind hope — one which, thanks to the Incarnation, is attainable and leads to a different goal.

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​San Gennaro’s blood didn’t liquefy — so pray anyway, abbot says

December 20, 2016

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Prayer was the response to a rare failure of a saint’s blood to liquefy in Naples, an occurrence some believe to portend misfortune.

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