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New Palestinian saints promoted women, encouraged peace, priest says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Two new Palestinian saints were instrumental in the promotion of women in the Arab world and in efforts for interreligious dialogue toward peace, said Jordanian Father Rifat Bader. Pope Francis was to canonize Blessed Marie-Alphonsine and Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified along with a French nun and an Italian nun during a Mass in St. Peter's Square May 17.

A paralyzed, fearful Church is ill, needs Spirit for courage, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- True Christians are not sad or afraid, Pope Francis said. Christians are courageous and full of joy because they know Christ is victorious, he is near and he loves them forever, the pope said in his homily May 15.

Wail of sirens calls priest, religious sisters to train crash site to offer help

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- The wailing of sirens called Father Tom Higgins from his parish rectory and Sisters Linda Lukiewski and Julie Sertsch from their convent to the scene of the Amtrak train derailment the evening of May 12. At about 9:30 p.m., the TV news reported the wreck of Amtrak's Northeast Regional Train 188, which started in Washington and was headed for New York City.