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Ohio order's straw-bale house shows off energy-efficiency in design

TIFFIN, Ohio (CNS) -- One Ohio religious order is hoping its energy-efficient straw-bale house will sprout ideas in the minds of visitors to reduce fossil fuel consumption and even invest in renewable forms of energy for heating and cooling their homes.

In latest interview, Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis' secret recipe for happiness.

In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly Viva July 27, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one's life:

Native American Catholics gather to pray, reflect, recharge their faith

FARGO, N.D. (CNS) -- On the 75th anniversary of the Tekakwitha Conference, Native American Catholics came together again to review the past, plan for the future and recharge their faith.