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Francis tells Filipinos to evangelize, fight 'insidious attacks' against family

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Addressing a record-setting millions of Filipinos under pouring rain in his last public appearance during his four-day trip to the country, Pope Francis called on them to be "outstanding missionaries of the faith" to Asia.

Speaking Sunday during a homily at an open-air Mass in Manila's Rizal Park, Francis also asked them to protect the family against what he called "insidious attacks."

CRS statement on staffer's death at papal Mass in Philippines

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Catholic Relief Services has released the following statement regarding the death of one of their employees at the end of a papal Mass in Tacloban, Philippines Saturday:
 

Today Catholic Relief Services grieves the loss of our staff, 27-year-old Kristel Padasas of Manila. Kristel passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015, when she was struck by scaffolding at the site of the papal mass in Tacloban shortly after Pope Francis departed.

The cynicism toward our democracy is far too prevalent

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As I was happily munching on my Honey Nut Cheerios this morning and perusing Twitter for the latest news, I overheard two of my roommates talking politics over breakfast. "Well, that means Congress would actually have to do something ..." And before I could set down my spoon, my other roommate had finished her sentence: "... and we all know that won't happen."

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