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Pope praises retired Pope Benedict’s writings on faith and politics

For more than 50 years, the writings of retired Pope Benedict XVI on the relationship between faith and politics have insisted that the measure of human freedom is the extent to which each person … more

Pope offers Neocatechumenal Way lessons for respectful evangelization

Sharing the Gospel means being a witness to love, responding to questions and patiently walking alongside people, not dictating how and when they take the next step, Pope Francis told members of the … more

Pope calls dicastery to promote reflection on role of women

Pope Francis has updated the statutes of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, adding among other things a specific reference to the office’s responsibility for promoting a deeper … more

Pope appoints U.S. stem-cell biologist to science academy

Pope Francis named a pioneering U.S. scientist specializing in stem-cell research to the Pontifical Academy for Sciences. Elaine Fuchs, professor and head of the laboratory of mammalian cell … more

Catholic groups decry end to Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans

Catholic leaders were angered and disappointed by the Trump administration’s May 4 decision to end Temporary Protected Status, popularly known as TPS, to more than 57,000 Hondurans living in … more

California bishops say Church must care for those with mental illness

California’s Catholic bishops issued a pastoral letter outlining ways the Church could do a better job of serving those who struggle with mental illness, stressing that it is an … more

Trump signs order to give faith groups stronger voice in government

In front of a small crowd of cabinet members and religious leaders at the White House Rose Garden May 3, President Donald Trump announced, and then signed, an executive order giving faith-based … more

Iowa legislature sends fetal heartbeat bill to governor

A bill described by some observers as the most restrictive abortion legislation in the nation has been sent to the desk of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. The governor has not said whether she will sign … more

Hondurans plead for extension of Temporary Protected Status

The Trump administration was set to decide in early May whether Honduran holders of a special immigration status will be able to remain legally in the country. The decision could affect up to … more

Demonizing immigrants hardens American heart, says cardinal

Newark Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin said he worries that reducing the number of immigrants, particularly refugees to the United States, and demonizing them represents a “hardening of the American … more

Pope to host ecumenical prayer for peace in the Middle East

Pope Francis will travel to Bari, the southern Italian Adriatic port city, July 7 to host a day of reflection and ecumenical prayer for peace in the Middle East. The Pope intends to invite the … more

Pass on faith through deeds, not words, Pope says

Christians must pass on the faith by giving witness through their example and not by persuading others to choose sides, Pope Francis said. “Transmitting the faith isn’t proselytism; it … more

Overcome fear, form good friendships, Pope encourages seminarians

The current “culture of the temporary” makes it more difficult than ever for young people to make lifelong commitments to God, Pope Francis told a group of British … more

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

Imprisoned clergy of Dachau remembered for fearless faith

When a virulent typhus epidemic swept through a World War II concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, in early 1945, many imprisoned Polish priests volunteered to minister to the dying men. Eighteen … more

From clean water to gang violence, Salvadoran archbishop focuses on poor

Few Church leaders face having to fill the shoes of a predecessor who’s about to become an official saint of the Catholic Church. But it’s hardly on the mind of the seventh leader of … more

A painful history strengthens bond of Church in the U.S. and El Salvador

In the halls of Congress, they stood side by side, a prominent archbishop from the U.S. with a delegation of four high-ranking Salvadoran prelates in tow, including the first cardinal in the … more

Bishops throw support behind another bill to protect undocumented youth

The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration announced support April 25 for a bipartisan bill that provides a pathway to citizenship for young adults brought into the country as … 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
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