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Church directives seek to keep mafia out of Easter processions
Infiltration of the mafia in Easter processions and religious celebrations as a way of asserting its power in southern Italy has been both common and contentious.
Pope names Cardinal Versaldi new prefect of education congregation
Pope Francis named 71-year-old Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, president of the Prefecture of the Economic Affairs of the Holy See since 2011, to be the new prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education.
Vatican Palm Sunday recalls early Christian martyrs, brave sea captain
The Palm Sunday procession at the foot of an 85-foot-tall Egyptian obelisk in St. Peter's Square recalls the martyrdom of many early Christians and the fast-thinking foresight of an Italian Renaissance sea captain.
Nigerian bishops visit refugees in Cameroon who fled Boko Haram
A delegation representing Catholic organizations in Nigeria offered words of comfort and pledged help for Nigerian refugees who fled to neighboring Cameroon because of a violent insurgency.
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