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Texas governor: Response to prayer after accident made him stronger

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has not always lived life in a wheelchair. He was on his morning jog 31 years ago when a falling tree broke his spinal cord, leaving him partially paralyzed. Abbott, a Catholic, noted at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held May 7 in Washington, there are times when "our prayers are answered differently than the way we expect."

Pope: Marriage is brave promise to love like Jesus, not showy ceremony

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Christian marriage isn't just a big ceremony held in a church with nice flowers and everyone wearing fancy clothes and taking lots of pictures, Pope Francis said. Marriage is an act of faith between a man and woman who are both fragile and limited, but courageous enough to follow Christ and seek to love each other as He loves them, the pope said May 6.

U.S. sister 'changed my life' says orphaned man who had tumor as child

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CNS) -- Patrick Daly was orphaned at age 8, and that's when the tumor on his right cheek began to grow. It was small at first. Daly would touch its hard surface, but he didn't know what it was.