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History, truth, and politics: Researcher seeks to clear the record on Junipero Serra

Mar 29, 2015 - 04:22 pm .- California missionary Father Junipero Serra’s canonization is “long overdue,” says a university professor concerned that the priest’s history has been politicized and misrepresented.

A sweet sign of hope: Pope's envoy returns to Iraq with Easter cake

Mar 29, 2015 - 06:32 am .- Pope Francis' personal envoy to Iraq will return to the country during Holy Week, bringing with him the pontiff's love and solidarity along with a special gift from the diocese of Rome: cake.

Holy Week is about humility – there is no other way, Pope says

Mar 29, 2015 - 05:32 am .- Pope Francis on Palm Sunday said that imitating the humility of Jesus is what makes Holy Week “holy,” and encouraged attendees to imitate Jesus on his path of humiliation as the week unfolds.

A 'wee movie with a big message' for the people of Scotland

Mar 29, 2015 - 02:35 am .- Scottish Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh is launching a new promo film across social media as he unveils his plans for the future of the Catholic Church in his part of Scotland.  

Pope's delegation offers comfort, communion to Iraqi refugees

Mar 28, 2015 - 06:00 pm .- Hoping to awaken the world conscience on Iraq, a Pontifical delegation traveled to Erbil and Dohuk to foster local communion and shed light on the dramatic plight of Christians in the country.  

Church in Cuba enters new era with thaw of US diplomatic relations

Mar 28, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- As the fifty year economic embargo and diplomatic isolation between the U.S. and Cuba comes to a close, the thaw of their historically icy relationship could have more than just social and cultural implications.

500 years after birth, witness of St. Teresa of Avila remains strong, says Pope

Mar 28, 2015 - 01:56 pm .- On the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila's birth, Pope Francis praised the Spanish mystic and reformer for her witness of self-gift to God, as well as her particular relevance during this Year of Consecrated Life.

Pope praises deceased Assyrian patriarch as wise pastor, ecumenical leader

Mar 28, 2015 - 11:17 am .- Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolences following the death of Catholicos Dinkha IV, patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, describing him as an “important spiritual leader, a courageous and wise pastor.”

Supreme Court rules in favor of pregnancy protection in the workplace

Mar 28, 2015 - 06:25 am .- A recent ruling from the Supreme Court to clarify workplace protections for pregnant women will help remedy some of the pressure placed on working women to abort rather than continue pregnancies, pro-life legal experts say.

Archbishop Chomali: Pope Francis was confident in appointing Chilean bishop

Mar 27, 2015 - 05:32 pm .- Both the Archbishop of Concepcion and the apostolic nuncio to Chile have maintained that Pope Francis understood all the facts in the case when he made a bishop appointment in the country earlier this year which has met with protests.

No, Indiana did not just pass a law discriminating against gay people. Here's why.

Mar 27, 2015 - 05:32 pm .- Despite media hype, a new Indiana law is not based on anti-gay discrimination, but on a 20-year legal precedent of protecting the rights of religious individuals and charitable organizations, say religious liberty advocates.

Pope expected to visit Italian cities of Florence, Prato in November

Mar 27, 2015 - 03:49 pm .- An informal announcement was made on Friday at the close of the Italian bishops conference's spring meeting in Rome revealing that Pope Francis will visit the two Tuscan cities Nov. 10.

'This is your house' – Pope Francis meets homeless in Sistine Chapel

Mar 27, 2015 - 11:24 am .- Pope Francis stopped by to visit with 150 of Rome’s homeless in the Sistine Chapel after they were invited for dinner and a private tour by the Vatican.

Bullets or needles? Death penalty faces new scrutiny as states mull changes

Mar 27, 2015 - 04:04 am .- Firing squads, gas chambers and the electric chair – these types of execution may seem like methods of the past, but some states in the U.S. are bringing them back, prompting a debate about the most humane form of the death penalty, or whether the very idea is a contradiction in terms.  

Two young religious orders look to expand to Denver this summer

Mar 27, 2015 - 02:04 am .- Two rather new orders of religious sisters looking to expand their missions have set their sights on the Archdiocese of Denver.

Pope Francis meets relatives of aid workers murdered by Islamic State

Mar 27, 2015 - 12:03 am .- The brother and widow of two British aid workers killed by Islamic State militants last autumn were among the participants in yesterday’s General Audience, during which they briefly met with Pope Francis and received his blessing.

London Catholic school believes government order threatens its identity

Mar 26, 2015 - 04:29 pm .- A prestigious Catholic school in London fears that altering its admissions criteria – as it was ordered to do by an English government agency following a complaint from the British Humanist Association – will damage its Christian identity.

Bishops conferences are not the Magisterium, Vatican doctrine chief reminds Cardinal Marx

Mar 26, 2015 - 04:00 pm .- Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has told a French paper that doctrinal, or even disciplinary, decisions regarding marriage and family are not up for determination by national bishops’ conferences.

Peruvian march for life draws half a million

Mar 26, 2015 - 11:16 am .- More than half a million Peruvians participated in the historic March for Life 2015, held March 21 in Lima, rejecting abortion and speaking out in defense of life from conception to natural death.  

Pope Francis to visit White House Sept. 23

Mar 26, 2015 - 09:08 am .- U.S. officials have confirmed that Pope Francis will make a stop at the White House to meet with President Barack Obama on Sept. 23, during his trip to the United States for the World Meeting of Families.

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