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Castro says pope is so impressive he might start praying again

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After spending close to an hour with Pope Francis, Cuban President Raul Castro told reporters he is so impressed by what the pope does and says that he might start praying and could even return to the church.

How do I love thee? Gospel teaches how to count the ways, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Real love is constant, concrete and communicates -- it is action over words and it obeys the Beatitudes, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. True love is not "soap-opera love," or "a whim" or something that "makes our heart beat a little faster," and then nothing more, the pope said May 7 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Texas governor: Response to prayer after accident made him stronger

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has not always lived life in a wheelchair. He was on his morning jog 31 years ago when a falling tree broke his spinal cord, leaving him partially paralyzed. Abbott, a Catholic, noted at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held May 7 in Washington, there are times when "our prayers are answered differently than the way we expect."