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Misc: Pope Apologizes for the Catholic Persecution of Pentecostals

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Pope Francis

“I ask for your forgiveness for those who, calling themselves Catholic, didn’t understand we’re brothers.”

Read more about Pope Francis’ meeting with Italian Evangelicals and Charismatics in The Boston Globe here: Pope Apologizes for the Catholic Persecution of Pentecostals. Here is a prayer for Christian unity.

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In Redesigned Room, Hospital Patients Heal Faster

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Cathedral St. Louis, Missouri

Catholics are sometimes criticized for spending money on architecture, music, and art. In fact, most American Catholics don’t value sacred art or beautiful liturgical spaces as much as they once did, but recent studies prove that beauty is healing. When Princeton University Hospital redesigned its rooms, patients requested 30% less pain medication. More from The New York Times here: In Redesigned Room, Hospital Patients Heal Faster

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All is lost with war, especially children’s lives, pope says

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World War I gas casualities

On the 1ooth anniversary of the start of World War I Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for peace, “Never war!” Read his remarks from Catholic News Service here: Pope says, ‘All is lost with war’. Or read The National Catholic Reporter’s take: All is lost with war, especially children’s lives, future, pope says. More photos after the jump:

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