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Caption: Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Ignatius in Rome April 24. The Mass was in thanksgiving for the canonization of Brazilian St. Jose de Anchieta.(CNS/Paul Haring)
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Ignatius in Rome April 24. The Mass was in thanksgiving for the canonization of Brazilian St. Jose de Anchieta.(CNS/Paul Haring)
Benedict says predecessor's faith, courage were signs of holiness

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Blessed John Paul II's deep spirituality and his courage to uphold the truth were clear signs of his sainthood, said his successor, retired Pope Benedict XVI.

"John Paul II never asked for applause, he never looked around, worried about how his decisions would be received. He acted according to his faith and his convictions, and he was also ready to take the blows," the retired pope said in a book-length collection of interviews.
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Caption: Pope John Paul II greets Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in this photo dated Oct. 22, 1978, the day Pope John Paul formally inaugurated his ministry. Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was named a cardinal in 1977 by Pope Paul VI while he was archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano)
Pope John Paul II greets Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in this photo dated Oct. 22, 1978, the day Pope John Paul formally inaugurated his ministry. Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was named a cardinal in 1977 by Pope Paul VI while he was archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano)
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 43, No. 46 (April 24, 2014):

-- What changed the traditional Christian hostility toward charging interest on loans? Has the market economy become too respectable for Christians? Jesuit Father Patrick J. Ryan, a Fordham University historian of religion, looks at the concept of usury in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

-- Msgr. Stephen J. Lopes, an American priest serving in the Vatican doctrinal congregation, explains how the Anglican liturgical patrimony is being incorporated into new liturgical books for former Anglicans who have entered into full communion with the Catholic Church.


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