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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to attend an audience with some 9,000 altar servers in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 4. (CNS photo/Giampiero Sposito, Reuters) See POPE-ALTAR-SERVERS Aug. 4, 2015.

Being altar server is call to prayer and mission, pope says

August 4, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics are more fortunate than the Old Testament prophets were because in the Eucharist they experience Jesus’ closeness and know that God is not far off on a lofty throne, Pope Francis told thousands of altar servers from across Europe. “In the Eucharist and in the other sacraments,”…

Pope Francis exchanges greetings with Ken Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, and his wife, Joan, during a meeting with ambassadors to the Holy See at the Vatican Jan. 13. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Jan. 13, 2014) See POPE-DIPLOMATS Jan. 13, 2014.

Ambassador expects pope to challenge Americans to live nation’s ideals

August 4, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See believes Pope Francis is not traveling to the United States in September to scold anyone, but to challenge the country’s people to live up to their ideals. “I don’t think he’s coming to the United States to antagonize, to criticize, to…

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