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Pope revises Catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty … more

After 100 years, Marian shrine in Alberta still draws thousands

It’s easy to drive by the stone grotto at the Skaro shrine for those who don’t know its history. Tucked in a corner between two rural Canadian highways, due north of Lamont and 50 … more

Argentina Senate votes down abortion decriminalization bill

The Argentine Senate voted against a bill that would have decriminalized abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Senators voted 38-31 against the measure early Aug. 9 following a … more

Baltimore history, culture have a place at Knights of Columbus convention

The chalice on the center of the altar was given by the Pope to the third archbishop of Baltimore nearly two centuries ago. The local welcome crew wore vests that included the outline of a … more

Genocide survivor who learned to forgive inspires Catholic student

The game stopped for a moment, but the smiles continued as everyone paused for a group photo on a sun-splashed summer morning. Standing side by side, from different backgrounds and different … more

Bishop, other cyclists revel in spiritual component of annual Iowa ride

Davenport Bishop Thomas R. Zinkula made a confession during the final “RAGBRAI Mass” at St. Mary Church in Iowa City: “I have a love-hate relationship with … more

Historian says faith was lived in Dachau section set aside for clergy

Dachau, the notorious German concentration camp most associated with the genocide of thousands of Jews during World War II, also held more than 2,700 clergy — 2,400 of them Catholic … more

New Pew survey looks at why Americans go or don’t go to Church services

A Pew Research Center survey found that the main reason Americans attend worship services is to feel closer to God, but those who do not regularly attend worship services have a wider variety of … more

Knights urged to join in novena for legal protection of human life

Motivated by the upcoming change on the Supreme Court, the Knights of Columbus is urging its members and all Catholics to join in a novena to pray for the protection of human life in the … more

Underground priests removed in China for holding summer youth camp

Two underground parish priests in China’s Gansu province have been removed after being accused of holding a summer camp for a youth group at their church. Father Wang Yiqin of Hui county … more

The path to holiness isn’t for the lazy, Pope tells altar servers

Christ’s commandment to love God and neighbor is a path trodden by those who have the desire to become saints, Pope Francis told thousands of altar servers from around the … more

Bishop asks for prayers for peace, justice on Charlottesville anniversary

As the first anniversary of violence stemming from protests and counter-protests regarding the removal of Confederate monuments from Charlottesville approached, Bishop Barry C. Knestout of … more

Catholics collect aid for victims of deadly Indonesian earthquake

Catholic groups have collected and are distributing aid for thousands of people affected by a deadly earthquake that struck Lombok, Indonesia’s popular tourist island. The magnitude 6.4 … more

Pope prays Blessed Paul VI will intercede for ‘Church he loved so much’

On the 40th anniversary of the death of Blessed Paul VI, Pope Francis went into the grotto under St. Peter’s Basilica to pray at his predecessor’s simple tomb. The Pope who oversaw … more

In Washington, former sacristan remembers life with Oscar Romero

Marcelo Perdomo didn’t think an earthly brush with holiness would take place in his native El Salvador next to the parish priest. As a young man in the early 1960s, Perdomo worked in his … more

Borders pose challenge for Catholic Church in Amazon basin

On a Sunday night in early July, four men –  two of them indigenous – were brutally murdered in Assis, a tiny Brazilian town on the border with Peru. Far from the two … more

Cardinal Tobin: African priests, religious in U.S. make big contribution

The presence in the United States of about 3,000 priests and religious from countries in Africa is a great contribution to the U.S., said Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey. That … more

Help those in need, never waste food, Pope says

Pope Francis asked people to generously serve those most in need and to never waste food. “Never throw away leftovers,” he said July 29 before reciting the Angelus prayer with … more

Jews saved by ‘righteous’ Dutch Catholic family included author’s wife

Pardon Marty Brounstein if he’s got a personal stake in his latest book. His wife is a featured character. Brounstein this year wrote a second edition of Two Among the Righteous Few: … more

Music ‘powerful’ way for people to encounter God, says Paulist priest

As a 44-person choir rehearsed “O God, How Manifest Are Your Works” before a celebration concert, Paulist Father Ricky Manalo bounced on his feet as he stood next to the … more
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