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MAY 23, 2015 - Huffington Post

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Salvadorans Rejoice As Slain Archbishop Romero Beatified

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Huge crowds of Salvadorans filled a square in the Salvadoran capital Saturday for a ceremony to beatify Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was cut down by an assassin's bullet 35 years ago and declared a martyr for his faith this year by Pope Francis. It is the first step toward possible canonization, although ...

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MAY 13, 2015 - Huffington Post

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Pope Francis Is Making Saints Out Of Two Palestinian Nuns

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis will bestow sainthood on two Palestinian nuns on Sunday (May 17), a move that’s being seen as giving hope to the conflict-wracked Middle East and shining the spotlight on the plight of Christians in the region. Sisters Maria Baouardy and Mary Alphonsine Danil Ghattas are due to be canonized by the pontiff along with two ...

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MAY 11, 2015 - Huffington Post

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Raul Castro's Daughter Mariela Sponsors Blessing Of Cuban Gay Couples

HAVANA (AP) — The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro sponsored a blessing ceremony Saturday for gay couples on an island where gay marriage remains illegal. Nearly two dozen gay couples held hands or embraced, some crying, as Protestant clergymen from the U.S. and Canada blessed them as part of official ceremonies leading up to the Global Day against Homophobia ...

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MAY 10, 2015 - Huffington Post

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Pope Francis Welcomes Raul Castro At Vatican Ahead Of Trip To Cuba

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro received a warm welcome at the Vatican Sunday from Pope Francis, who played a key role in the breakthrough between Washington and Havana aimed at restoring U.S.-Cuban diplomatic ties. "Bienvenido!" Francis said in his native Spanish, welcoming Castro in a studio near the Vatican public audience hall. The Cuban president, bowing his ...

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MAY 08, 2015 - Huffington Post

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Pope Francis To Send Out Priests To Forgive The 'Sin' Of Women Who Have Had Abortions

Pope Francis is reportedly planning to offer a special pardon of sins to women who have undergone abortions, along with the doctors and nurses who helped them with that choice. As part of his upcoming Holy Year of Mercy, the pontiff plans to send specially trained priests as “missionaries of mercy” to Catholic parishes around the world. The army of ...

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