St. Teresa of Avila's life of prayer made her 'exceptional,' pope says

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While St. Teresa of Avila was outstanding in many ways, her union with Christ through prayer made her an "exceptional woman," Pope Francis said.

Sponsor a gargoyle: New fundraiser launched for Notre Dame in Paris

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A novel fundraising approach to restore one of the most iconic monuments in the world, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, enables donors to have a piece of history.

Faith is bolstered by prayer, not money, power, media, pope says

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Without prayer, everything crumbles and any initiatives for church reform will just be proposals by some group and not the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said.