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National / International News

Prayer is no magic wand; it strengthens faith in tough times, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Prayer is not a magic wand that fulfills your desires, but it is what helps you keep the faith when you don't understand God's will, Pope Francis said.

Fatima facts: Vatican shepherds the flock away from conspiracy claims

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger met the press in 2000 for the formal release of the so-called Third Secret of Fatima, he said he knew many people would be disappointed.

Archbishop, immigrant advocates decry plans for stepped-up raids

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said in a May 25 statement that a planned increase in federal immigration raids is "yet another depressing sign of the failed state of American immigration policy." The raids were announced in mid-May.