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Vatican calls for prayers, support for seafarers, who face many risks

The Vatican invited Catholics to pray for the 1.2 million seafarers around the world who work under difficult conditions and make huge sacrifices in their profession. Seafarers “play a … more

Bishops, journalists attacked at church in Nicaragua

Nicaraguan bishops and clergy were attacked by armed groups aligned with the government July 9 as violence in the Central American country escalated and affected the Catholic Church, which has … more

After World War I, Church changed mission approach, cardinal says

World War I and its aftermath changed the map of Europe, but also dismantled the notion of the “state church” in a way that forced the Catholic Church to discover again the authentic … more

Birth of an encyclical: Priest documents preparation of ‘Humanae Vitae’

Documents in the Vatican Secret Archives and the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prove it was a “myth” that Blessed Paul VI largely set out on his own in … more

Whole Church urged to strengthen outreach to Hispanic young adults, youth

As the National Fifth Encuentro process unfolds across the United States, one of the emerging voices is the need to strengthen outreach to Hispanic youth and young adults. The conversation … more

Cycling team conquers Colorado Rockies to raise money for the homeless

A bike ride of almost 420 miles in the Colorado Rockies over six days sounds grueling but it is not nearly as difficult as being homeless year-round, said the co-captain of a team that made the … more

Bishops end border visit calling for urgent reunification of children

In less than 48 hours, a group of Catholic bishops saw the faces of triumph and relief from migrants who had been recently released by immigration authorities, but ended their two-day journey to … more

Near immigration’s ground zero, bishops begin border trip with Mass

The bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States have for weeks expressed outrage and condemned the government’s recent practice of separating children from a parent or a family … more

At Texas center, bishops join in a warm welcome for recent arrivals

Some had been on the road for weeks, others for days, and some entered looking haggard and sunburned with little more than the clothes they were wearing, some holding the hands of their children … more

A conversation about ‘Humanae Vitae’ may finally be possible

Can one imagine a more difficult year for “Humanae Vitae” (“Of Human Life”) to be heard than 1968? Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical came out just as the sexual revolution … more

Pope at pallium Mass: Jesus wants disciples unafraid to aid others

God wants His disciples to bring His mercy and love to everyone, everywhere on earth, which means it may cost them their “good name,” comfort and their life, Pope Francis said on the … more

Credible leadership serves others, Pope tells cardinals at consistory

Defending the weak or hopeless and becoming a servant to those most in need is the best promotion one can ever receive, Pope Francis told new and old cardinals. “None of us must feel … more

Catholics remember, mourn victims killed in Maryland newspaper shooting

While Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore offered prayers and support for the families and loved ones of five people murdered June 28 at the offices of the Capital Gazette in … more

Riot police withdraw as bishops, priests visit besieged Nicaraguan city

Clergy from the Archdiocese of Managua, Nicaragua, had planned to pray for peace June 21. Instead, bishops from the archdiocese, Archbishop Waldemar Sommertag, apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua, … more

‘Dreamers’ speaking up about their needs, concerns during encuentro

Daniela, 25, is a talented Mexican immigrant who attends a private university on a full scholarship. She is one of the many “Dreamers,” or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals … more

New papal appointments reflect Pope’s wish for transparency

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Nunzio Galantino, 69, as president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, which handles the Vatican’s investment portfolio and real estate … more

Pope: Individual bishops must decide about Communion in mixed marriages

The question of allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass in special cases has to be decided by each individual bishop and cannot be decided by a bishops’ … more

Broken world needs Christian unity, Pope tells Christian leaders at World Council of Churches

Not only God, but today’s broken, divided world is begging for unity among Christians, Pope Francis said on an ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva. “Our differences must not be … more

Relic of early Pope, found by waste company, given to London cathedral

A relic of bones of an early Pope was given to the Catholic Church after it was stolen from a car and recovered by a waste disposal company. Three fragments of a bone said to belong to St. … more

Catholic Extension launches reunification fund to help families at border

Catholic Extension announced June 21 it has established a Family Reunification Fund as “a response to the human tragedy unfolding on the nation’s southern border” with … more
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