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Fr. Benedict Groeschel - author, retreat master and preacher - dies

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Fr. Benedict Groeschel, a Franciscan priest whose long beard, gray robes, prolific writings and often controversial views made him a distinctive and popular presence in Catholic media, died Friday at St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly in Totowa, N.J.

Groeschel was 81 and had been in declining health.

Grosechel had been out of the spotlight since 2012, when he made controversial comments that blamed some victims of sexual abuse by priests for inviting the molestation.

What do Americans pray for? Themselves. And maybe a sports team

When Americans aren't busy praying for themselves or their own needs -- and most of them are -- many are seeking divine intervention on behalf of a favorite sports team or the golden ticket in the lottery, according to a new survey.

About 13 percent of Americans who pray say they pray for sports teams, compared with about one in five (21 percent) who say they have prayed to win the lottery, the new survey from LifeWay Research suggests. 

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