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‘I lost a dad’: Pope Francis speaks about losing Benedict XVI

January 26, 2023

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In a new interview published January 25, Pope Francis said the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI meant he had lost a “good companion” and a father figure.  “I lost a dad,” Pope Francis told the Associated Press, praising his predecessor — who died on Dec. 31, 2022, at the age of 95 — as a…

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​Vatican responds to handwritten letters from Uvalde children

October 26, 2022

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The Vatican responded to letters written by the children of Uvalde after they were personally delivered by Catholic Extension’s chancellor, Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, following the May 2022 shooting at Robb Elementary School that killed 19 fourth graders and two teachers.

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​Pope laments Easter of War in Urbi et Orb blessing

April 18, 2022

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In his Urbi et Orbi blessing on Easter 2022, Pope Francis lamented an “Easter of War” as he prayed for peace in Ukraine and around the world.

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​On Good Friday pope says world has chosen path of Cain

April 15, 2022

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Pope Francis said in an interview aired on Good Friday that the world has “chosen the path of Cain.”

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​UIW and OLLU reach historic agreement

April 27, 2021

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The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) and Our Lady of The Lake University (OLLU) have entered into a series of memorandums of understanding (MOU) that will allow for students at each institution to have the opportunity to further their educations by attending the other in the areas of health professions and graduate studies.

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​Catholic Charities, Seton Home, and St. PJ’s Home receive $140,000 in assistance from San Antonio A

May 14, 2020

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Catholic Charities, Seton Home, and St. PJ’s Home each received grants from the San Antonio Area Foundation on April 22 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to supplement programs and services with increased expenditures.

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​Be a part of someone’s encounter with Christ through this year’s Appeal!

September 23, 2019

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With more than halfway through the year, we are grateful for all who have given selflessly to help others encounter Christ through the 2019 Annual Archbishop’s Appeal, Encounter: Live in Faith, Give in Love.

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​Francis again visits Blessed Paul VI’s tomb on anniversary of his death

August 6, 2018

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Pope Francis made a private visit Monday morning to pray at the tomb of Bl. Paul VI, on the 40th anniversary of his death.

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​Vatican changes Catechism teaching on death penalty, calls it ‘inadmissible’

August 2, 2018

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The Vatican changed on Thursday the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s teaching on the permissibility of the death penalty, which the Church has taught is legitimate in limited cases, stating the penalty is ‘inadmissible,’ and its elimination should be sought.

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​Pope Francis to altar servers: Holiness is not for the lazy

July 31, 2018

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Everyone is called to pursue sainthood through living the Works of Mercy, though it is not for the weak of heart, Pope Francis told more than 60,000 young altar servers in St. Peter’s Square Tuesday.

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