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IMAGE: CNS/Nancy Wiechec By Thandiwe Konguavi EDMONTON, Alberta (CNS) — The specter of assisted suicide is leading aging people to “fear an institution that should be the last thing they should ever fear — a hospital,” said Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith. “But the strong feeling is, ‘If I can’t speak

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When people do not want to say “yes” to God, they usually do not say “no,” they just hide like Adam and Eve did after they sinned, Pope Francis said. “Today is the feast of ‘yes,’” the pope said during his early morning

IMAGE: CNS/Paul Haring By Cindy Wooden ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MEXICO (CNS) — With physicians across Central and South American urging women to postpone pregnancy because of the Zika virus that causes birth defects, Pope Francis said using contraceptives could be a “lesser evil.” Holding a news conference Feb.

IMAGE: CNS photo/Oscar Durand By Oscar Durand IRBIL, Iraq (CNS) — Habiba Daud remembers Christmas in Qaraqosh as beautiful. The festivities would start days before with the preparation of traditional food and desserts. Families celebrated around a large Christmas tree. On Christmas her family and friends gathered to enjoy the

IMAGE: CNS photo/Disney By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” broke box office records and restored a new hope in the franchise to the delight of fans worldwide with a few exceptions, including the Vatican’s newspaper. Emilio Ranzato, author and frequent movie critic for

IMAGE: CNS/Paul Haring By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Seeing baby Jesus in the Nativity scene reminds people that Christ uses humility and love to save the world, not impressive force or a magic wand, Pope Francis said. “God does not love powerful people’s imposing revolutions in history, and

IMAGE: CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, thus paving the way for her canonization. Pope Francis signed the decree for Blessed Teresa’s cause and advanced three other sainthood causes Dec. 17,

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul Haring By Cindy Wooden BANGUI, Central African Republic (CNS) — Put down the weapons of war and work for justice, Pope Francis urged the people of the Central African Republic. “Even when the powers of hell are unleashed, Christians must rise to the summons, their heads held

IMAGE: CNS photo/handout via EPA By Jonathan Luxmoore OXFORD, England (CNS) — Church leaders in Central African Republic said the pope’s Nov. 29-30 visit will go ahead, despite warnings that international peacekeepers may be unable to ensure his safety. “We’re full of hope the Holy Father’s presence will bring great