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Pope Tells Migrants ‘Do Not Lose Hope,’ Brings 12 to Rome

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Pope Francis refugees in Lesbos

“Though many of their graves bear no name, to God each one is known, loved, and cherished.”

Pope Francis and the Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church met with refugees today in Greece. Twelve will return to Rome with the Pope via the community of Sant’Egidio. More from Crux: Pope Brings 12 Refugees to RomePope Visits Greece to Put Face on Crisis. And from The New York Times. Watch the videos after the jump:

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Jaromir Jagir gives up coffee for Lent, production on the rise

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Jaromir Jagr

Jaromir Jagr, one of the greatest hockey players of all time, is 44 years old and having a great season, in part, because he gave up his 10 cups of coffee a day habit for Lent. He’s a devout Eastern Orthodox Christian. Read the whole story here from CBS Sports and Deadpsin.

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5.1
Feast of St. Jeremiah

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mother and child Once again we have our Eastern Rite brothers and sisters to thank for reminding us of the saints of the Hebrew Scriptures. In the Byzantine calendar, today is the feast of St. Jeremiah. Learn more from our own Melissa Musick after the jump:

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Church Likely to Lift Ban on Ordination of Married Priests in Eastern Catholic Churches in the US

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Orthodox priest and family

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced that married priests will likely be ordained in Eastern Catholic Churches in the US, thus affirming the ancient tradition, and encouraging the restoration of unity between Catholic and Orthodox Christians. Read the statement here: Church to Lift Ban on Ordination of Married Priests in Eastern Catholic Churches in the US

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5.27
Misc: Pope Francis to Meet Sex Abuse Victims & Photos from His Pilgrimage

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Pope Francis kisses a Holocaust survivor's hand

“When a priest commits abuse, he betrays the Lord’s body.”

In the photo above Pope Francis kisses a Holocaust survivor’s hand in Jerusalem. On his way back from his trip to the Holy Land, a visibly tired Pope Francis gave an interview on the plane. Read the entire text of his remarks from Vatican Insider here: Pope Francis to Meet Sex Abuse Victims. Photos from his pilgrimage after the jump:

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