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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.


Program offers women regimen to reverse RU-486 abortion in first stages

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- As soon as Rebekah Chaveste swallowed the first pill of the RU-486 abortion regimen at a Planned Parenthood clinic, she regretted it.