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By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 16. The following day, Pope Francis confirmed he will visit Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) See POPE-PHILADELPHIA (UPDATED) Nov. 17, 2014.

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Nov. 16. The following day, Pope Francis confirmed he will visit Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) See POPE-PHILADELPHIA (UPDATED) Nov. 17, 2014.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance.

After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession — “because we are all sinners” — the pope listed 30 key questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to “confess well.” (more…)

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

People viewed the Shroud of Turin when it was on display at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, in 2010. (CNS/Paul Haring)

ROME (CNS) — With the aim of ensuring that the public display of the Shroud of Turin promotes conversion and healing, the archbishop of Turin has given priests throughout the archdiocese special faculties to offer absolution to women who confess to having had an abortion.

The display of the shroud April 19-June 24 should be “a time of grace that translates into attitudes of conversion, the fruit of repentance and newness of life,” Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia wrote in a decree signed Feb. 18, Ash Wednesday. (more…)

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by Kim Adams

The Rite of Election of catechumens was celebrated at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, Feb. 22. The rite marks the beginning of the period of final, more intense preparation for the sacrament of initiation. (more…)

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Repentance symbolized in ashes

ash wednesday 1Many gathered at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, to celebrate Mass and for the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday Feb. 18, the beginning of the Lenten season of the Catholic Church. (more…)

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

Pope Francis celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome

Pope Francis uses holy water as he celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome Feb. 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

ROME (CNS) — Lent is a journey of purification and penance, a movement that should bring one tearfully back to the loving arms of the merciful Father, Pope Francis said at an Ash Wednesday Mass that began with a procession on Rome’s Aventine Hill.

After walking from the Benedictine monastery of St. Anselm to the Dominican-run Basilica of Santa Sabina Feb. 18, Pope Francis celebrated Mass. He received ashes on the top of his head from Cardinal Jozef Tomko, titular cardinal of the basilica, and distributed ashes to the Benedictines, the Dominicans, his closest aides and a family of five. (more…)

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By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service

President Obama speaks to reporters while meeting with supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in the Oval Office last week. (European Pressphoto Agency)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A little more than one day before an expansion was to take effect in a deferred deportation program known as DACA, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Obama administration’s effort.

In a 123-page memorandum released by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott late in the evening Feb. 16, District Court Judge Andrew Hanen granted the request of Texas and 25 other states to temporarily block a planned expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to certain people who were ineligible for the original 2012 program. (more…)

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By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

A homeless person sleeps outside the Vatican press office near St. Peter’s Square Nov. 13. Public restrooms in St. Peter’s Square will be renovated to include showers so the homeless can wash. Dozens of homeless people live within sight of the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hot showers, a soapy shave and spiffy haircuts are available for free for those whom the Vatican calls “our homeless pilgrims.”

Thanks to charitable contributions from Pope Francis and private donors, the Vatican has finished remodeling and expanding a public bathroom a few steps from Bernini’s Colonnade, surrounding St. Peter’s Square.

The Vatican announced Feb. 6 that the construction work was finished and that the updated bathrooms now include three showers and a barber’s chair. (more…)

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