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Pope Francis effect: Hundreds of thousands come back to Church in Europe


Researchers say more than half of Catholic priests have reported significant rise in attendance since election of new pontiff. (Photo: AFP) “Hundreds of thousands of Italian Catholics have flocked back to church since the election of the pope, according to a study published on Mondaythat credits the “Francis effect” for the boost in congregations. Researcher Massimo Introvigne, a sociologist and ... Read More »

Pope: service to others frees us from ‘existential grayness’


In his homily during Mass for Saturday’s trip to Molise, Pope Francis explained that the Church is a people that both serves God and lives in the freedom that he gives from oppression, Catholic News Agency reports. (Photo: Getty) “This is the freedom that, by the grace of God, we experience in the Christian community when we put ourselves at ... Read More »