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Evergive: Tithing technology with a community-building bonus

SAN FRANCISO (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of San Francisco is banking on a Silicon Valley startup called Evergive to make fundraising quick, easy and rewarding with a free, faith-based computer app that officially launched May 15 for the archdiocesan community.


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.