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Homeless San Francisco man among thousands joining church through RCIA
Homeless San Francisco man among thousands joining church through RCIA Courier photo by Sam Oldenburg
April 22, 2014

A homeless San Francisco man was among the thousands of Americans who joined the Catholic Church over the Easter weekend through their participation in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

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Holy Fathers: Is being pope a shortcut to sainthood?
Holy Fathers: Is being pope a shortcut to sainthood?
April 22, 2014

Most Catholics would agree the church needs holy and saintly popes, but as the April 27 Mass for the canonization of Blesseds John and John Paul approaches, some question the need to canonize them.

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Students research health effects of mountaintop removal mining
April 22, 2014

Students from Catholic colleges were suprised at the high incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, among middle-aged people living near mining activity when they assisted researchers in West Virginia.

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Joining parish gives death-row inmates support, sense of belonging
Joining parish gives death-row inmates support, sense of belonging
April 22, 2014

About a dozen death row inmates in Nashville have become members at a local parish, even though they will never be able to attend Mass at their new church.

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Death penalty views shift after years of work
Death penalty views shift after years of work
April 22, 2014

Support for the death penalty overall has dramatically declined, as have the number of executions and death sentences, but it has been a lengthy process.

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Easter should last all week, including in your Bible reading, pope says
Easter should last all week, including in your Bible reading, pope says
April 21, 2014

Trusting that people took his Lenten advice and either downloaded a Bible app or bought a pocket-sized edition of the Gospels, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to re-read the accounts of the Resurrection during Easter week.

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Easter proclaims that love gives life, pope says; share it with others
Easter proclaims that love gives life, pope says; share it with others
April 20, 2014

Pope Francis urged Christians to remember how they first encountered Christ and to share his love and mercy with others, especially through acts of caring and sharing.

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