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Willy's Story - the homeless man buried in the Vatican

Feb 27, 2015 - 03:08 pm .- Everyone in the neighborhood outside the Vatican knew Willy Herteleer.

Pope Francis back from Ariccia with new seeds planted

Feb 27, 2015 - 06:15 am .- After a weeklong spiritual retreat outside of Rome, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude to the priest who led the reflections, saying that although it’s not easy to preach to priests, seeds have been planted.

This Lent, the Pope has a message for lapsed Catholics: It's never too late

Feb 27, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Fallen away Catholics are being invited to “come home” this Lent through a worldwide initiative led by Pope Francis, which points to confession as a primary way to experience God's merciful embrace.

Jesuit priest's cheerful disposition kept hope alive during Afghan captivity

Feb 27, 2015 - 02:01 am .- A key player in working for the release of a Jesuit priest held by suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan for eight months said Thursday the priest never lost hope and was confident in the efforts being made to secure his freedom.

African bishops aim for observer status at African Union

Feb 27, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The African bishops took the first step on Monday toward having representation at the African Union, with the appointment of a liaison between the AU and the ymposium of African bishops conferences.

Why a new State Department position could spell trouble for religious liberty

Feb 26, 2015 - 06:28 pm .- The State Department’s new LGBT special envoy will promote human rights abroad but could also pose a serious threat to religious freedom, said several experts in the field.  

Indians rise up to defend Mother Teresa's legacy after attack by Hindu leader

Feb 26, 2015 - 04:01 pm .- Indians from all walks of life and religions have joined to condemn allegations made against Bl. Teresa of Calcutta by a fundamentalist Hindu leader charging that her sole objective in helping the poor was converting them to Christianity.

Faith vs. Fashion โ€“ Muslim woman spars with Abercrombie in major court case

Feb 26, 2015 - 03:06 pm .- When an employer’s hiring standards conflict with a prospective employee’s religious practice, when would the employer be guilty of discrimination for not hiring?

Paraguay archbishop to UN: stop pushing abortion, gay marriage

Feb 26, 2015 - 12:00 pm .- Archbishop Edmundo Valenzeula of Asuncion, Paraguay is demanding that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon – who is visiting the country this week – ensure that the United Nations does not promote abortion, euthanasia and “gay marriage” in Paraguay.

Turkish border closed as Christian hostages in Syria spike to 250

Feb 26, 2015 - 07:13 am .- The number of ISIS hostages in Syria has increased to at least 250 after continued attacks on Christian villages, and civilians fleeing to the Turkish border have been stranded when not allowed to cross.

Could Pope Francis travel to Ukraine?

Feb 26, 2015 - 04:01 am .- Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has sent a letter inviting Pope Francis to visit Ukraine, though the Vatican diplomacy has not yet responded, Ukraine's Embassy to the Holy See told CNA on Wednesday.

Chinese Bible association gathers to make Scripture the heart of Church's life

Feb 26, 2015 - 02:04 am .- The United Chinese Catholic Biblical Association held its tenth World Chinese Biblical Congress last month in Taiwan, drawing participants from 18 countries to reflect on Scripture and its place in the new evangelization.

A pro-life giant: remembering Dr Willke

Feb 26, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Pro-life leaders marked the death of Dr. John Willke by praising his adamant stand against legalized abortion and his tireless dedication to helping women and their unborn children.

A Middle East without Christians: advocates call for action before it's too late

Feb 25, 2015 - 04:43 pm .- Middle Eastern Christian communities face extinction, and the results for the stability and peace of the region would be devastating, said an advocacy group asking Americans to speak out on their behalf.

Ancient Roman pilgrimage revs-up spiritual aspect of Lent

Feb 25, 2015 - 03:46 pm .- For pilgrims in Rome, Ash Wednesday marked not only the start of the Church’s Lenten season, but also a traditional Lenten pilgrimage that helps offer a more spiritual outlook on the journey toward Easter.  

Vatican: Pope's 'Mexicanization' comment not intended to offend

Feb 25, 2015 - 11:02 am .- The Vatican on Wednesday issued a statement clarifying a private comment made by Pope Francis to a friend warning that his native Argentina was in danger of a “Mexicanization” by drug traffickers.

The story of a Czech priest who testified to a miracle โ€“ and was killed for it

Feb 25, 2015 - 04:02 am .- A priest who witnessed to a miracle in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1940s was tortured and beaten to death for refusing to recant what his parishioners seen. And now Catholics from the country are honoring his heroic virtue and pushing for him to be recognized as a martyr.

Vatican retirees needn't worry for their pensions

Feb 25, 2015 - 02:04 am .- Thanks to a two-year increase to retirement age and other financial interventions, the Vatican's pension fund is consistent and the the funding ratio of the pension fund is 95 percent, the Holy See stated Feb. 20.

A UK bishop's plea: speak up on marriage before it's too late

Feb 25, 2015 - 12:49 am .- Inside a small English church dedicated to St. Columba, a congregation of Catholics gathered, sitting in the midst of 2,500 years of marriage.

The war in Ukraine: a failure to evangelize?

Feb 24, 2015 - 05:34 pm .- Conflict in eastern Ukraine which began in April 2014 has pitted the country's government against separatists widely believed to be backed by Russia, and some are attributing the chaos to a failed evangelization in the country.

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