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Pope advances sainthood causes, including Puerto Rican schools pioneer

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of 13 candidates, including the "father of Puerto Rican public education" and the Canadian founder of a religious order dedicated to helping unwed mothers.

During a meeting Monday with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the pope signed decrees recognizing that Rafael Cordero Molino and Mother Rosalie Cadron-Jette lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way and are venerable.

Pope Francis will help launch worldwide 'wave of prayer' against hunger


Pope Francis will help launch a global campaign of prayer and action against world hunger.

Organized by Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based federation of Catholic charities, the global "wave of prayer" will begin at noon Dec. 10 on the South Pacific island of Samoa and head west across the world's time zones.

Pope Francis will offer his blessing and support for the "One Human Family, Food For All" campaign in a five-minute video message being released on the eve of the global launch.

What's at stake in Francis/Netanyahu summit


Tomorrow morning Pope Francis returns to high stakes geo-diplomacy, following up a summit a week ago with Russian President Vladimir Putin with a tête-à-tête with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The encounter between the pontiff and the Israeli leader, scheduled for 10:30am Rome time in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, looms as important for at least four reasons.

Lay group offers proposals to pope's council


Topics known to be on the agenda range from the relatively small to the rather big: from whether the pope should bestow honorific titles on priests to how the Vatican's governance structure is arranged.

But what key changes can we expect to come out of the Dec. 3-5 meeting in Rome of the eight cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforms of the church's bureaucracy?

Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, who serves as the coordinator of the pope's so-called "kitchen cabinet," put it this way in one November interview: "We'll see. Nothing's decided."



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