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The world will end with peace, not annihilation, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Believing in eternity and in the final establishment of the kingdom of God, Christians throughout history -- starting with the disciples -- were filled with questions such as when the end will come and what will happen to the created world, Pope Francis said.


'A Nun's Life' website becomes a growing vocations ministry

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- What started out as a blog at a time when few people knew about blogs and hardly anyone was familiar with Twitter is a living and growing ministry run by two women religious who are Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Pope calls for global defense of Christians facing persecution

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis condemned the "absurd violence" being used against Christians in several countries and called on people of good will everywhere to take up the cause of religious freedom.