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U.S. officials return stolen Columbus letter back to Vatican Library

With the help of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a 15th-century copy of a letter Christopher Columbus sent to his royal patrons describing the riches of the New World has been returned to … more

Pope: Aborting children with birth defects is like Nazi eugenics program

Pope Francis denounced the practice of administering prenatal tests to determine birth defects that often lead to abortions, comparing it to the Nazi-era eugenics program that determined what … more

Pope leads prayers for U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore

Leading thousands of people in prayer, Pope Francis said he hoped the upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea would lead to lasting peace. After praying the … more

Vatican asks German bishops to set aside plans for sharing of the Eucharist

Pope Francis has asked the Catholic bishops’ conference of Germany not to publish nationwide guidelines for allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass, but to … more

Pope: Seek Christ in ‘abandoned tabernacles’ of the poor, the lonely

As He did with His disciples at Passover, Jesus asks all Christians to prepare a place for Him, not in “exclusive, selective places” but rather in uncomfortable places that are … more

Sports on Sundays OK, except when used to skip Mass, says Vatican

A new Vatican document cautions against the dangers of highly competitive children’s sports, political and economic pressures on athletes to win “at all costs” and the … more

Brief biographical sketches of 14 new cardinals

Click here to read a related article.   Here are brief biographical notes about each of the 14 Churchmen who will become cardinals June 29. Their names are listed in the order Pope … more

Pope will create 14 new cardinals in June

Pope Francis announced he would make 14 new cardinals June 29, giving the red cardinal’s hat to the papal almoner, the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of … more

The Holy Spirit changes hearts, Pope says on Pentecost

Christians should begin each day invoking the Holy Spirit, praying that the Spirit will lead them and the Church closer to God and closer to any person in need, Pope Francis said on … more

All of Chile’s bishops offer resignations after meeting Pope on abuse

Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal. “We want to announce that all bishops … more

Pope to canonize Blesseds Paul VI, Oscar Romero in Rome Oct. 14

Pope Francis will declare Blessed Oscar Romero, Blessed Pope Paul VI and four others saints Oct. 14 at the Vatican during the meeting of the world Synod of Bishops, an institution Blessed Paul … more

Vatican releases Pope’s schedule for visit to Geneva

During his one-day visit to Geneva, Pope Francis will highlight the importance of Christians praying and working together on their ecumenical journey. He will visit the ecumenical center of the … more

Theologians call for regular consultation of laity in Church decisions

The Catholic Church needs to seek the input, commitment and talents of all of its members if it is to be truly catholic and to evangelize effectively, said a new document from the International … more

Pope praises retired Pope Benedict’s writings on faith and politics

For more than 50 years, the writings of retired Pope Benedict XVI on the relationship between faith and politics have insisted that the measure of human freedom is the extent to which each person … more

Pope offers Neocatechumenal Way lessons for respectful evangelization

Sharing the Gospel means being a witness to love, responding to questions and patiently walking alongside people, not dictating how and when they take the next step, Pope Francis told members of the … more

Pope calls dicastery to promote reflection on role of women

Pope Francis has updated the statutes of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, adding among other things a specific reference to the office’s responsibility for promoting a deeper … more

Pope appoints U.S. stem-cell biologist to science academy

Pope Francis named a pioneering U.S. scientist specializing in stem-cell research to the Pontifical Academy for Sciences. Elaine Fuchs, professor and head of the laboratory of mammalian cell … more

Pope to host ecumenical prayer for peace in the Middle East

Pope Francis will travel to Bari, the southern Italian Adriatic port city, July 7 to host a day of reflection and ecumenical prayer for peace in the Middle East. The Pope intends to invite the … more

Pass on faith through deeds, not words, Pope says

Christians must pass on the faith by giving witness through their example and not by persuading others to choose sides, Pope Francis said. “Transmitting the faith isn’t proselytism; it … more

Overcome fear, form good friendships, Pope encourages seminarians

The current “culture of the temporary” makes it more difficult than ever for young people to make lifelong commitments to God, Pope Francis told a group of British … more
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