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Pope prays for victims of Guatemala volcano disaster

Pope Francis sent condolences to Guatemala after a horrific volcanic eruption left more than 60 people dead. In a June 5 telegram addressed to Archbishop Nicolas Thevenin, apostolic nuncio of … more

“Wraith” mixes admirable message, disturbing premise

An earnest but flawed horror tale about a family of three — parents Jackson Hurst and Ali Hillis and teen daughter Catherine Frances — whose Victorian home in Neenah, Wisconsin, … more

“Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” highlights Pope, 21st-century papacy

Veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders respectfully profiles the current successor of St. Peter in the well-crafted, sometimes moving documentary “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” … 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

On Pentecost, Irish bishops urge a ‘no’ vote on abortion referendum

Irish bishops used Pentecost Sunday Masses to make a final appeal for people to reject a government proposal to remove the right to life of unborn children from the country’s constitution … 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

Cardinal says separating abortion from Title X funds ‘greatly needed’

The U.S. bishops’ pro-life chairman praised the Trump administration’s move to reinstate Reagan-era regulations banning any family planning clinic that receives Title X federal funds … more

Archbishop asks for prayers to bring peace to Palestinians, Israel

The chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee echoed Pope Francis in calling for reconciliation and peace in the Holy Land amid ongoing violence between Israel and … more

California judge overturns state law legalizing assisted suicide

A May 15 ruling by a California judge overturning the state’s law allowing assisted suicide is encouraging because it “was a bad law,” said Ned Dolejsi, executive director of … more

Texas archdiocese, bishops offer healing, support after shooting

In response to the May 18 school shooting at a Houston-area high school, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said the archdiocesan community would “unite to support and offer … 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

Philadelphia Archdiocese sues city over foster care placements

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is suing the city of Philadelphia in a religious freedom case centered on the placement of children in foster care. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed … more

Catholics get chance to celebrate, think about Mary with new feast day

The Catholic Church doesn’t often add new celebrations to its pretty full liturgical calendar, but this year’s new feast day, Mary, Mother of the Church on May 21, has Catholics … 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

Bishops discuss how their moms gave practical, spiritual help

By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service, Washington, D.C. Just in time for Mother’s Day, a handful of bishops shared memories of their moms on a recent podcast by the U.S. Conference … more

Media literacy and adolescents: a good fit, but it could be better

Parents are concerned with the amount of time their children spend with media, and not knowing whether they're making the right choices.A study unveiled April 7 during an American Psychological … more

Faith groups care for refugees in ways governments can’t, group tells U.N.

Faith-based organizations are uniquely able to care for migrants and refugees because they employ a holistic, person-centered approach that respects the human dignity of each individual, and they … 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
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