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Catholic bishop pays tribute to Barbara Bush at Houston memorial

Retired Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston joined other religious leaders in paying tribute to Barbara Bush April 19 during a ceremony described as a … more

Ordaining new priests, Pope asks them to be merciful

Ordaining 16 men to the Priesthood, Pope Francis urged them to be merciful with the people who approach them, especially in the confessional. Marking the World Day of Prayer for Vocations … more

In ‘historic’ move, Pope names three laywomen to doctrinal congregation

Pope Francis appointed three women as consultors to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It marks the first time women and laypersons were named as active contributors — not … more

Raise a cone: Rome’s poor celebrate Pope’s name day with gelato

Cones raised in the air, the crowd gathered for dinner at the Sant’Egidio Community’s soup kitchen toasted Pope Francis on his name day, the feast of St. George. The gelato was … more

Father of Alfie Evans meets Pope, begs for help to save his son

Begging Pope Francis to help his son, Alfie, Tom Evans met with the pontiff, pleading for “asylum” in Italy so his seriously ill son may receive care and not be euthanized in … more

Mother killed on Southwest flight was firm believer in Catholic schools

Tributes from business leaders and politicians alike described Jennifer Riordan — the 43-year-old passenger who died April 17 from injuries suffered on Southwest Flight 1380 when its engine … more

Pope joins meeting to prepare synod for the Amazon

Pope Francis met with members of the preparatory council for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon region, which will take place in Rome in October 2019. Meeting in Rome April 12-13, the … more

Violent extremists tarnish image of their own faith, cardinal says

Meeting with a top Muslim leader in Saudi Arabia, the Vatican’s chief interreligious dialogue official called for the equal treatment of people of all religions, saying discrimination and … more

Sainthood candidate Fr. Flanagan inspires new children’s book

Each illustration took up to 20 hours, often done in the middle of the night after his family was asleep. And each was necessary for Eli Hernandez to complete his 30-page children’s … more

Trump’s border policies cross the line for Church leaders, advocates

Catholic Church leaders and immigration advocates say President Donald Trump’s recent moves to clamp down on immigration are extreme and unnecessary. The president’s latest efforts … more

Pope, other Christian leaders condemn use of violence against Syria

Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and peace. “I … more

Pope advances sainthood cause of Canadian nun

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of a Canadian nun who founded Ottawa’s first hospital and dedicated her life to abandoned children and the elderly. At a meeting April 14 with … more

Retired Pope celebrates 91st birthday

Retired Pope Benedict XVI had a “peaceful and familial” 91st birthday April 16, celebrating with his 94-year-old brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, who was visiting from Germany, the … more

Christian pilgrims to Holy Land get tattoos to mark their pilgrimages

Three generations of the Razzouk family busily attended to Christian pilgrims and tourists packed into a tiny shop to get Christian tattoos to mark their pilgrimages to the Holy Land. The … more

‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks Pope

After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood’s children. Question-and-answer … more

In historic trip to advocate for migrants, Salvadoran bishops provide hope

Invoking a Salvadoran who’s about to become the country’s first Catholic saint, the man who now occupies his old post asked immigrants and their children during an April 11 Mass in … more

Priests’ group recommends revisions in U.S. priestly formation

An organization of 1,200 priests has called for revisions in the way seminarians are prepared for ministry so that the Catholic Church in the United States can better address challenges that include … more

Georgetown gathering seeks to overcome polarization within Church

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago and Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles will be among dozens of U.S. Church leaders convening in June to address the troublesome polarization that marks Church … more

Supreme Court examines freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers

In oral arguments before the Supreme Court March 20, justices seemed skeptical about a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers in the state to visibly display information about … more

Pope apologizes for ‘serious mistakes’ in judging Chilean abuse cases

In a letter to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the sexual abuse crisis in the country following a recent investigation into allegations concerning … more
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