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Caption: Dominican Sister Marie Bernadette Thompson, council coordinator for the Conference of Major Superiors of Women Religious, discusses initiatives focused on bringing together men and women religious and families, particularly young adults, during an Oct. 1 press conference in Washington. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)
Dominican Sister Marie Bernadette Thompson, council coordinator for the Conference of Major Superiors of Women Religious, discusses initiatives focused on bringing together men and women religious and families, particularly young adults, during an Oct. 1 press conference in Washington. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)
Year of Consecrated Life events to help laity learn more about religious

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In an effort to help lay Catholics gain a deeper understanding of religious life, priests, brothers and women religious intend to open their convents, monasteries, abbeys and religious houses to the public one day next February.

"If you've ever wondered what a brother or religious sister does all day, you will find out," said Dominican Sister Marie Bernadette Thompson in announcing the open house scheduled for Feb. 8, 2015.
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Caption: Willy, a rescued dog, is held by a volunteer after being blessed by New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York Sept. 30. Cardinal Dolan was commemorating the coming weekend's feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, by blessing shelter and rescued pets. (CNS/Reuters)
Willy, a rescued dog, is held by a volunteer after being blessed by New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York Sept. 30. Cardinal Dolan was commemorating the coming weekend's feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, by blessing shelter and rescued pets. (CNS/Reuters)
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-- In six texts from his one-day trip to Albania, Pope Francis seeks to highlight the peaceful collaboration in the Balkan nation between its Muslim-majority population and minority Catholic and Orthodox communities as a "beautiful sign for the world." The pope denounces anyone who would kill in the name of religion, honors those persecuted during the country's decades of communist oppression and urges Albanians to continue to work together for the common good and not be vengeful even as they recall their wounds.

-- Jesuit Father Drew Christiansen, professor of ethics and global development at Georgetown University, explains to a U.S. Catholic-Jewish dialogue group how Pope Francis' Jesuit background informs his approach to Jewish-Catholic dialogue.


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