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People like Francis, but maybe not the Church

Originally at:http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2016/01/13/new-data-confirm-people-like-francis-not-necessarily-the-church/ by John Allen, Jr Two bits of data emerged recently which, taken together, confirm a disquieting reality for Pope Francis: His personal popularity doesn’t appear to be translating into notably greater enthusiasm for the Church he leads. Last … Continue reading

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Why Are Exorcisms as Popular as Ever?

Originally at: https://newrepublic.com/article/126607/exorcisms-popular-ever by Joseph P Laycock At Texas State University, I teach an honors course called “Demonology, Possession, and Exorcism.” It’s not a gut course. My students produce research papers on topics that range from the role of sleep paralysis in … Continue reading

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The countdown is on for Pope Francis’ big decision on the family

Originally at: http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/12/28/the-countdown-is-on-for-pope-francis-big-decision-on-the-family/ by John L. Allen Jr. Pope Francis celebrated a Mass for the Holy Family on Sunday, designed as a reminder of the spiritual and pastoral importance of the family in the context of his Holy Year of Mercy. Plans … Continue reading

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The Top 10 stories of a busy pope from 2015

Originally at: http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/12/26/the-top-10-pope-francis-stories-of-2015/ by John L. Allen Jr Pope Francis is the dictionary definition of an activist pontiff, constantly saying and doing things that stir hearts, raise eyebrows, and generally capture public interest. He’s so dynamic, in fact, that often there’s no time … Continue reading

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“We Are Servants, Not Messiahs”

  Below is the Vatican’s English translation of the Pope’s talk last Monday: Dear brothers and sisters, I am pleased to offer heartfelt good wishes for a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year to you and your co-workers, to the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the countdown to sainthood for Mother Teresa

Originally at: http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/12/18/thoughts-on-the-countdown-to-sainthood-for-mother-teresa/ by John L. Allen Jr. ROME — Although the Holy Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis is jam-packed with activities, expected to draw at least 10 million pilgrims to Rome during the next 11 months, we now know … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Loves Mary

Pope Francis Prayer at the Opening of the Holy Door for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy 8 December 2015 O God, who reveal your omnipotence above all in mercy and forgiveness, grant that we might live a year of grace, … Continue reading

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