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Pope Francis arrives to greet participants in the Renewal of the Spirit meeting in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican July 3. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-CHARISMATICS July 6, 2015.

Papal parenting guide: Francis delivers his own how-to for families

July 30, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis knows the family is made up of real people living in the real world, which is why he often gives down-to-earth advice. The Catholic Church has long taught that the family is a school of humanity — the first and best place to learn about love…

Devotees of St. Alphonsa play cymbals and drums during a July 19 Mass and outdoor procession in her honor at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Floral Park, N.Y., where the first female saint of Indian origin has developed a multicultural following. (CNS photo/Marie Elena Giossi, The Tablet) See ALPHONSA July 29, 2015.

Hundreds walk through streets to celebrate devotion to St. Alphonsa

July 29, 2015 FLORAL PARK, N.Y. (CNS) — Wearing richly hued attire, hundreds of residents walked through the streets of North Floral Park to celebrate the life and intercessory works of St. Alphonsa on a recent Sunday afternoon. Accompanied by the rhythmic beat of drums and cymbals, along with the prayers of a multicultural assembly,…

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