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Way of the Cross with Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis shows people that only by walking the Way of the Cross can they discover the "Way of the Light" -- the glory of God resurrected and the salvation of mankind, said the Jesuit editor of a new book.

To help people reflect more deeply on the message of Pope Francis, Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro created a collection of "Way of the Cross" prayers and meditations culled from homilies and reflections written by Pope Francis before and after he was elected pope.

With committees, planning for world meeting, papal visit in higher gear

PHILADELPHIA -- Organizing for the World Meeting of Families and the visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September has taken a major step forward with the announcement of the 15 committees and leadership charged with spearheading operations in hospitality, liturgy, volunteers and more.

Executives for the events including Auxiliary Bishop John J. McIntyre and Independence Blue Cross CEO Daniel Hilferty, who is a co-chairman of the World Meeting of Families-Philadelphia, unveiled the committees and introduced their chairpersons at the IBX headquarters March 11.

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Haitian archbishop sees new church projects as hopeful sign after quake

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The Port-au-Prince Archdiocese continues to rebuild its ministries since the country's 2010 earthquake, with dozens of programs underway and the construction of a transitional cathedral viewed as a major accomplishment.

Archbishop Guire Poulard of Port-au-Prince said that while progress has been slow, it has been steady with assistance coming from Haitian Catholics, the Haitian diaspora and international partners for pastoral efforts and some reconstruction projects.

"Now we have about 60 active projects," Archbishop Poulard said.

Anniversary interview: Pope talks about his election, papacy, future

VATICAN CITY -- When Pope Francis went out onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica for the first time, he said he did not prepare what he was going to say, but "I felt deeply that a minister needs the blessing of God, but also of his people."

He didn't know if it was right to explicitly ask the thousands of people in St. Peter's Square to bless him, so instead he asked them to pray that God would bless him, he said. And he bowed for their prayers.

Pilgrims who walk Via Dolorosa don't care if it isn't Jesus' exact route

Christians from China carried a cross March 9 on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM -- Several pilgrim groups gathered in a sunny courtyard in Jerusalem's Old City. They were preparing to follow a tradition reaching back at least to the fifth century: walking along the Via Dolorosa, through the cobbled streets of Jerusalem's Old City.

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