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Congo revivalist churches draw in Catholics

Congo revivalist churches draw in Catholics

CONGOLESE event organiser Deo Malela was born to Roman Catholic parents and identifies as such. But like more and more Catholics in the central African nation, 28-year-old Malele also regularly attends an evangelical church where he says he finds solutions to everyday problems. "There are illnesses where you can go to hospitals (and) you don't find solutions, but here you have a divine and miraculous healing that you can't explain," he said after attending an evangelical church service in the eastern city of Beni. "It does me good to have the base of the Catholic church and add these miracle…
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Tens of thousands view body of former Pope Benedict

Tens of thousands view body of former Pope Benedict

PHILIP PULLELLA A steady stream of tens of thousands of people filed into St. Peter's Basilica to pay their respects to former Pope Benedict XVI, whose body was laying in state without any papal paraphernalia ahead of his funeral this week. Benedict, a hero to conservative Catholics who yearned for a return to a more traditional Church, died on Saturday at the age of 95 in the secluded Vatican monastery where he had lived since 2013 when he became the first pope in 600 years to resign. "I feel like he was a grandfather to us," Veronica Siegal, 16, a Catholic high school student…
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Argentina church asks lawmakers to search their hearts ahead of abortion vote

Argentina church asks lawmakers to search their hearts ahead of abortion vote

THE Church of Argentina has called on the country´s lawmakers to vote their conscience this coming week when the Senate will take up a bill to legalize abortion that has divided a nation with long-held Roman Catholic roots. During a religious celebration in a small city west of Buenos Aires, Bishop Oscar Ojea, president of the local bishops' conference and an outspoken opponent of abortion, suggested a "no" vote was supported by "medical science and law." "Blessed Virgin, we ask you to pause your gaze on the legislators who will decide on a matter of such extreme delicacy," Ojea said…
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Divert weapons money to pandemic research – Pope

Divert weapons money to pandemic research – Pope

PHILLIP PULLELLA POPE Francis kicked off a month-long marathon of worldwide Roman Catholic prayer yesterday to ask God for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, and said money spent on armaments should be used instead to prevent future outbreaks. Francis presided at the recital of the rosary in St. Peter's Basilica on the first day of May, a month Roman Catholics traditionally dedicate to daily prayer to the Madonna. Each day during the month, Roman Catholics have been asked to pray for a specific category of people affected by the pandemic, such as those who were unable to say goodbye…
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