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Ireland’s Catholic bishops have described as “shocking” a government proposal to hold a referendum on whether the constitutional right to life of unborn children should be … more
Bishop David Martinez de Aguirre Guinea of Puerto Maldonado listened as Harakmbut leader Matilde Tije described the predicament of her people. In this hamlet of 110 residents, there is no … more
When Cassandra Bissainthe left Haiti for the United States some 17 years ago, it seemed unlikely that she would ever return. Political instability and economic insecurity were rampant in her … more
Residents flee after Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters captured the village of Khaldieh in Afrin, Syria. Christian activists warn that 1 million Syrian civilians will face certain … more
The Austrian bishops’ conference held its general assembly in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914, sparking World War I. World War I … more
In light of this year’s Synod of Bishops on young people, Pope Francis has asked that the Way of the Cross meditations be written by a group of students. An Italian high school religion … more
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Community of Sant’Egidio’s founding, Pope Francis urged its members to continue to safeguard the poor, the elderly, the young and the … more
A native-Spanish speaker who grew up with Italian-speaking relatives in Argentina, Pope Francis has a striking way with words. Bringing a background in literary themes and devices with him to … more
On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended the continuity of the Church’s teaching under his successor and dismissed those who … more
True Christians take risks to constantly seek out Christ, because they know that receiving God’s grace is just the beginning of a lifelong journey toward real joy, Pope Francis … more
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope just a few days after telling the College of Cardinals that the Catholic Church faced a clear choice between being a Church that “goes … more
A good confessor is a good listener, Pope Francis said. By truly listening to the penitent during confession, “we listen to Jesus himself, poor and humble; by listening to the Holy … more
In his formal documents, many speeches and unscripted morning homilies the past five years, Pope Francis has given the Church plenty of “food for thought” on many issues of great … more
The following ratings are supplied by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Film and Broadcasting Office. Visit www.usccb.org for current reviews.   A-II — Adults and … more
Blessed Paul VI will be declared a saint in late October at the end of the Synod of Bishops on youth and discernment, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.   After … more
Every story has a message within.   So does every movie — and every biblically-based movie as well. With the new movie “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” Eric Groth, one … more
Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blessed Pope Paul VI and Blessed Oscar Romero. At a meeting March 6 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for … more
Hispanic Catholics are being called “to be the ecclesial voice and conscience of the Church in the U.S.,” said Hosffman Ospino, a leading expert on the intersection of Catholicism and … more
Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl has called on all parishes and individual Catholics in the Washington archdiocese to help expand and strengthen the Catholic Church’s marriage and family outreach, … more
With severe restrictions on water usage in drought-stricken Cape Town, poor communities feel a strong sense of injustice, which needs to be addressed, said a parish priest in one of the … more
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