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Writing to his peers, Catholics who have reached a venerable age like he has, Pope Francis told older Catholics that God is close to them and still has plans for their lives. “I was called … more
Ten days after undergoing intestinal surgery, Pope Francis was released from Rome’s Gemelli hospital, the Vatican confirmed. In a statement released July 14, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni … more
Pilgrims and well-wishers gathered at Rome’s Gemelli hospital to greet Pope Francis as he made his first public appearance in a week after undergoing intestinal surgery. Appearing on the … more
Some 175 faithful gathered on June 26 to honor a pioneering African American priest now on the path to sainthood, whose heroic virtues are a model for modern times. Archbishop Nelson Pérez … more
Reaching the finish line of a monthlong Rosary marathon, Pope Francis again turned to Mary, asking her to untie specific knots that have individuals and the whole world tangled in suffering and … more
An elderly man stood alone in St. Peter’s Square May 13, using his wooden rosary beads to pray by a simple plaque marking the place where St. John Paul II was shot exactly 40 years … more
An icon of “Beloved Julia” Greeley, the humble African American lay woman who was born into a family of slaves in Missouri and eventually became Catholic in … more
Pope Francis has called for a global prayer marathon for the entire month of May, praying for the end to the pandemic. “The initiative will involve in a special way all shrines in the … more
Pope Francis’ encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” is a “challenging document” because of the many issues it covers, but it’s also “very practical” because it … more
Racism continues to contaminate society and the Church. Three guilty verdicts against a former Minneapolis police officer in last May’s death of George Floyd do not change that. “In … more
Pope Francis summarized his “pilgrimage of faith and penitence” to Iraq in a prayer: “If God is the God of life — for so He is — then it is wrong for us to kill our … more
William Hansen kept his silence for over 50 years about being one of the POWs who buried Father Emil Kapaun’s body after the priest died May 23, 1951. In 2005, Hansen was in his … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight joined Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of St. Louis and their fellow U.S. Catholic bishops in calling for a halt to executions by the federal government and an end to the … more
A once-every-two-decade conjunction involving the solar system’s two gas giants will give earthbound observers a look at a so-called “Christmas Star” on the longest night of the … more
The “gravity” of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and “the lack of availability of alternative vaccines,” are “sufficiently serious” reasons to accept the … more
Marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus. In a Dec. 8 … more
COVID-19 vaccines being developed by two major pharmaceutical companies do not contain human fetal tissue and are free of aluminum salts or ethlymercury, according to the State of Missouri’s … more
Father Donardo “Dandi” Bermejo and his committed cadre of healthcare and aid workers in one of the poorest areas of the Philippines have been contending with the COVID-19 pandemic, deadly … more
Although dogged for years by rumors of sexual impropriety, Theodore E. McCarrick was able to rise up the Catholic hierarchical structure based on personal contacts, protestations of his innocence and … more
CLICK HERE to read the full text of “Fratelli Tutti." Eight hundred years ago, God sent a poor man who had been rich to help rebuild a Church and a society that were falling into ruin. It … more
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