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Pope reverses Benedict, reimposes restrictions on Latin Mass

Pope Francis cracked down Friday on the spread of the old Latin Mass, reversing one of Pope Benedict XVI’s signature decisions in a major challenge to traditionalist Catholics who immediately decried it as an attack on them and the ancient liturgy. Francis reimposed restrictions on celebrating the Latin Mass that Benedict relaxed in 2007, and

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Vatican says pope ‘reacted well’ to intestinal surgery

Pope Francis “reacted well” to planned intestinal surgery Sunday evening at a Rome hospital, the Vatican said, without giving much detail about the pontiff’s condition. In a statement late Sunday, a Holy See spokesman, Matteo Bruni, said the 84-year-old Francis had general anesthesia during the surgery necessitated by a narrowing of the large intestine. The

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Pope urges hope amid ‘darkness’ of pandemic in Easter vigil

Pope Francis urged his coronavirus-weary flock to not lose hope even through the continued “dark months” of the pandemic as he celebrated a scaled-back Easter vigil service in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday. Due to social-distancing norms, only about 200 masked people were allowed to attend the service, which marks the period between Christ’s crucifixion

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Christians mark Good Friday, Holy Week under virus woes

Christians in the Holy Land marked Good Friday without the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the days leading up to Easter because of the coronavirus, and worshippers in many other predominantly Christian countries where the virus is still raging observed their second annual Holy Week with tight restrictions on gatherings. In Jerusalem, many holy sites

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Opinion: Questions of Faith

My father’s mother was a Christian Scientist and his dad was a mainstream Protestant. The family was a little surprised when my dad converted to Catholicism when he returned home after World War II. When my dad explained his reasoning, though, they understood. My father was a Ranger in the South Pacific. He and his

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Pope’s civil union words spark reactions around the globe

Across the globe, Pope Francis’ comments endorsing same-sex civil unions were received by some as encouragement for an advancing struggle and condemned by others as an earth-shaking departure from church doctrine. In the Philippines, officials saw the potential for political change in the wake of the pope’s words. In Zimbabwe, activists for equal rights applauded

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