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Caption: Nuns raise candles during a May 31 prayer service in the Vatican Gardens to conclude the Marian month of May. The prayer service honoring Mary is held at dusk every year on the last day of May. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Nuns raise candles during a May 31 prayer service in the Vatican Gardens to conclude the Marian month of May. The prayer service honoring Mary is held at dusk every year on the last day of May. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Monks record sacred music that is 'part of air we breathe,' says one

By Abbey Jaroma
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Once again the hills are filled with the sound of music, only this time the music soars from Benedictine monks rather than the Von Trapp Family.

In Norcia, Italy, about 70 miles northeast of Rome, there is an international community of monks who operate a craft brewery and spend hours a day chanting the Mass and the Divine Office.
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Caption: Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with children of Italian prisoners in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 30. The Italian youngsters, some of whom were born in prison and all of whom have at least one parent in jail, were treated to a special train trip thanks to the Pontifical Council for Culture. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Pope Francis gestures during a meeting with children of Italian prisoners in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 30. The Italian youngsters, some of whom were born in prison and all of whom have at least one parent in jail, were treated to a special train trip thanks to the Pontifical Council for Culture. (CNS/Paul Haring)
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 45, No. 5 (June 4, 2015):

-- Christians need the gifts of the Holy Spirit to live lives of genuine faith and active charity, sowing seeds of reconciliation and peace, and combating sin and corruption, says Pope Francis in a Pentecost homily.

-- The root of all the services provided by the church agencies that form Caritas Internationalis is "the simple and obedient welcoming of God and neighbor"; without that root Caritas would die, Pope Francis tells representatives of the charitable confederation at a Mass opening its general assembly.

-- In a Pentecost pastoral letter on Catholic identity, Washington's Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl defends the church's right to determine its own teachings and to insist that its members and employees uphold them.


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