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Since January, Pope Francis' references to Jesus' pierced hands, feet and side in impromptu speeches and homilies have been so frequent that it seems to be a major focus of his own prayer life.
Receiving a delegation from Ireland and blessing an icon of the Holy Family, Pope Francis confirmed his intention to visit Dublin for the final days of the World Meeting of Families.
Distinctly Catholic: I come to bury Ross Douthat, not to praise him — for his facts in To Change the Church are nonsense, his arguments tendentious, and his thesis so absurd it is shocking that this book was published at all.
"Too often we talk about young people without asking what they think," said Pope Francis at the opening of a weeklong meeting with young people from all over the world.