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Last Saturday, a group of men, women, and children from both sides of the border braved the rain in Nogales, Ariz. They were there to participate in the annual binational migrant posada, the reenactment of Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Bethlehem. The procession along the international border is not your typical historical reenactment. Sure, there's a woman dressed as Mary in classic blue, a man sporting convincing Joseph attire, and even a donkey, but the whole affair feels more 2014 than 2,000 years ago.

First showers, now sleeping bags: Pope Francis' birthday gift to the homeless

Pope Francis marked his 78th birthday by giving hundreds of sleeping bags to the homeless in Rome, Vatican officials said Thursday.

Just one month after announcing plans to build showers for the homeless in St. Peter's Square, the pope called for 400 sleeping bags with the papal ensign to be distributed to people living on the streets.

Everything is a gift from God. Be thankful, and you will be joyful

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I think it's possible to be a little bit frustrated when we first hear the message from St. Paul this morning: "Rejoice! Again, I say rejoice!" See, be filled with joy. Most of us probably have discovered that being joyful isn't something you can suddenly be by sort of pushing a button. You know, if you're really discouraged and frustrated and upset and things are going badly, how do you suddenly be joyful?

How Pope Francis' diplomacy may change everything, not just US-Cuba relations

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Pope Francis is being hailed around the world -- and criticized by some in the U.S. -- for his pivotal role in brokering the historic breakthrough in relations between Washington and Havana, a role attributed to his background as the first Latin American pope and to the special position he occupies.

If Rome wins 2024 Summer Olympics, Vatican could host competitions

Major sporting events could be held at the Vatican if Rome wins its bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2024.

Pope Francis, a keen soccer fan, is reported to be enthusiastic about the idea. He is expected to meet the head of Italy's National Olympic Committee, Giovanni Malago, and other officials at the Vatican on Friday after a Mass to commemorate the committee's 100th anniversary.

Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, former head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, said he believed Francis would back plans to hold events such as archery in the Vatican gardens.

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