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18 Mar 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Muslims leaders expressed hopes the new pope would help improve relations between Muslims and Catholics.  Read more...
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18 Mar 2013 – CAIRO (CNS) — Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac said rising social and economic troubles since the revolution are leading to the despair and emigration of the country’s Christians and Muslims alike, and that his church must work across sectarian lines to restore “lost confidence” in the predominantly Muslim North-African nation.  Read more...
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Archbishop Lauds Mentor, Pope Francis (Catholic News Service)
18 Mar 2013 – ROME (CNS) — For the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, “authenticity and simplicity” characterize the man who mentored him as a young bishop: the newly elected Pope Francis.  Read more...
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18 Mar 2013 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — Echoing Pope Francis’ vision for the church, Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, custos of the Holy Land, encouraged Catholics to be witnesses for the poor and for justice in the world out of love for the crucified Christ.  Read more...
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18 Mar 2013 – OXFORD, England (CNS) — Applauding the election of Pope Francis, Orthodox leaders are stressing their hope for continued cooperation with the Catholic Church during his pontificate.  Read more...
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Timeline of the life of Pope Francis (Catholic News Service)
15 Mar 2013 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis was elected to succeed Pope Benedict XVI on 13 March by the conclave of cardinals.  Read more...
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14 Mar 2013 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal commended Pope Francis on his election with the traditional Arabic greeting of “Alf mabrouk,” or “1,000 congratulations.”  Read more...
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14 Mar 2013 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic leaders worldwide expressed words of hope and joy in calling upon Catholics to come together as one body behind the papacy of Pope Francis.  Read more...


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