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Date set for final approval of canonization of Blesseds Paul VI, Romero

The Vatican announced that final approval would be given May 19 for the canonizations of Blesseds Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero and four others. Pope Francis already cleared the way for their … more

Community life can be form of evangelization, Pope tells brothers

A truly fraternal community, one that welcomes all and settles differences lovingly and patiently, is itself a witness to the Gospel, Pope Francis told members of the general chapter of the Montfort … more

Italy grants citizenship to Alfie Evans in attempt to guarantee his care

The Italian government granted citizenship to Alfie Evans, a seriously ill British toddler, in a last-minute effort to prevent doctors in England from withdrawing life-support. The Italian … more

Ordaining new priests, Pope asks them to be merciful

Ordaining 16 men to the Priesthood, Pope Francis urged them to be merciful with the people who approach them, especially in the confessional. Marking the World Day of Prayer for Vocations … more

In ‘historic’ move, Pope names three laywomen to doctrinal congregation

Pope Francis appointed three women as consultors to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It marks the first time women and laypersons were named as active contributors — not … more

Raise a cone: Rome’s poor celebrate Pope’s name day with gelato

Cones raised in the air, the crowd gathered for dinner at the Sant’Egidio Community’s soup kitchen toasted Pope Francis on his name day, the feast of St. George. The gelato was … more

Father of Alfie Evans meets Pope, begs for help to save his son

Begging Pope Francis to help his son, Alfie, Tom Evans met with the pontiff, pleading for “asylum” in Italy so his seriously ill son may receive care and not be euthanized in … more

Violent extremists tarnish image of their own faith, cardinal says

Meeting with a top Muslim leader in Saudi Arabia, the Vatican’s chief interreligious dialogue official called for the equal treatment of people of all religions, saying discrimination and … more

Pope, other Christian leaders condemn use of violence against Syria

Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and peace. “I … more

Pope advances sainthood cause of Canadian nun

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of a Canadian nun who founded Ottawa’s first hospital and dedicated her life to abandoned children and the elderly. At a meeting April 14 with … more

Retired Pope celebrates 91st birthday

Retired Pope Benedict XVI had a “peaceful and familial” 91st birthday April 16, celebrating with his 94-year-old brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, who was visiting from Germany, the … more

‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks Pope

After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood’s children. Question-and-answer … more

Pope apologizes for ‘serious mistakes’ in judging Chilean abuse cases

In a letter to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the sexual abuse crisis in the country following a recent investigation into allegations concerning … more

Pontifical Commission for Latin America proposes synod on women

The Catholic Church in Latin America must recognize and appreciate the role of women and end the practice of using them solely as submissive laborers in the parish, said members of a pontifical … more

Mary, Mother of the Church should be celebrated this year, cardinal says

Reminding bishops, pastors and Catholics around the world that all Latin-rite Catholics should celebrate the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church on the Monday after Pentecost this year, Cardinal … more

Killer robots will make war even more inhumane, Vatican official says

Allowing for the development and use of fully automated lethal weapons systems would make warfare even more inhumane and undermine efforts to achieve peace through dialogue, not an arms race, a … more

Blessed Romero’s canonization probably in Rome in October

During an April 11 homily in Washington, Salvadoran Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas said the canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero will “probably” be in Rome and “probably” … more

Don’t be afraid of shame, open hearts to God’s mercy, Pope says

  Feeling ashamed of one’s sins does not mean wallowing in guilt, rather it is the gateway all men and women can use to experience firsthand God’s tender mercy and forgiveness, … more

Selection of quotes from Pope’s exhortation on holiness

Here is a selection of quotations from “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on holiness: •“I like to … more

The devil is a real threat to Christian life, not a myth, Pope says

The path to holiness does not involve wrestling with some abstract boogeyman, but involves a “constant struggle against the devil, the prince of evil,” Pope Francis said. In his … more
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