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Pope Francis greets retired Pope Benedict XVI at the retired pontiff's Vatican residence Dec. 23, 2013. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis on his relationship with Benedict: ‘He always defended me’

For the nearly 10 years that Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI lived on opposite sides of St. Peter's Basilica, the two popes' relationship was marked by a deep mutual respect and sense of solidarity.
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Church has a crucial role in combating polarization, ‘Civilize it’ panelists say

The church has a crucial role in combating the rise of polarization, panelists said at a March 20 webinar organized by the U.S. bishops' conference and other Catholic groups.
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Saints Be Praised!

The saints and blesseds are special signs of God’s activity.
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Jeremy Alexander, an iconographer and second-year theology teacher at Detroit Cristo Rey High School, is pictured Dec. 18, 2023, with a mural he created on a wall of the school's small chapel. Painted in his signature Byzantine style, the mural features 37 diverse saints, artists, poets, civil rights leaders and human rights activists. (OSV News photo/Steven Stechschulte, special to the Detroit Catholic)

Teacher’s mural features 37 diverse saints, artists, poets, civil rights leaders

Kim Redigan used to look out the window of Detroit Cristo Rey High School's small chapel as she prayed.
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The Roots of Fat Tuesday, the Fruits of Lent

What are the Catholic roots behind this global day of excess? Friar Jim explains.
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Pope sitting at round table at Synod

The Holy Spirit: The Synod’s Only True Winner

The synod's wide-open theme (“For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission”) led many people to consider it a blank screen on which they could project their deepest hopes and fears for the Catholic Church.
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