Sep 30, 2013 - 05:39 pm .- Human rights advocates gathered in front of the White House last week to pray and raise awareness for Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who has been held in an Iranian prison for the past year.
Sep 30, 2013 - 04:38 pm .- In solidarity with a recent pastoral letter by the Cuban bishops, Des Moines Bishop Richard E. Pates has voiced support for an end to America's embargo against Cuba, which has been in place since 1959.
Sep 30, 2013 - 01:04 pm .- Leaders of the U.S. bishops have written to lawmakers insisting on the importance of including religious liberty protections and the conscience rights of health care workers as part of government funding negotiations.
Sep 30, 2013 - 10:50 am .- During his morning homily, the Pope Francis spoke to religious leaders of various faith traditions, saying that fostering peace is a responsibility which can only be attained through dialogue.
Sep 30, 2013 - 08:27 am .- The council of eight cardinals chosen by Pope Francis to advise him on church governance and curia reform will begin their first official meeting tomorrow, Oct.1.
Sep 30, 2013 - 03:34 am .- The Vatican has announced that former Popes John Paul II and John XXIII are slated to be canonized this coming spring.