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Life of newly beatified New Jersey sister called 'recipe for holiness'

NEWARK, N.J. (CNS) -- More than 2,200 people packed the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark Oct. 4 to celebrate the first beatification liturgy in the United States.


Pope recalls another key anniversary in his life: his first Communion

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Unable to resist telling the world about a personal event that is dear to his heart, Pope Francis said that 70 years ago to the day, he celebrated his first Communion.


Father Groeschel, beloved author, retreat master and preacher, dies

TOTOWA, N.J. (CNS) -- Father Benedict J. Groeschel, who was a founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a leading pro-life figure and popular author, retreat master and preacher, died Oct. 3 at St. Joseph's Home for the elderly in Totowa after a long illness. He was 81.