President Obama Lights a Candle for Our Lady

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President Obama has visited the National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Miami, where he paused to light a candle before the Virgin Mary.Crux has the story of the unexpected presidential visit to a Catholic shrine: The president was on his way to the airport after attending a Democratic fundraiser the night before and spending the morning at the National Hurricane Center....Obama is the first sitting US president to visit. And Dominguez had barely an hour to prepare. He was in a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Gets a White Rose of His Very Own

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Visitors to the Vatican Gardens and the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo will soon enjoy the fragrance of roses. Two French rose growers have come together to cultivate a new variety of white rose, which they have named "Pope Franciscus" in honor of the pontiff. Croix Dominique and Jacques Ranchon, horticulturists from Bourg-Argenal in the Loire region, developed the new rose. The breeders then sought permission to name the rose in honor of Pope Francis. In March 2014, they sent a … [Read more...]