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National outpouring of love, prayers for Cardinal George

Apr 17, 2015 - 04:09 pm .- The death of Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago on April 17 was met with an outpouring of prayer, as well as gratitude for the life and service of the prominent Church leader.  

BREAKING: Cardinal Francis George of Chicago dies at 78

Apr 17, 2015 - 12:20 pm .- Cardinal Francis George, the Emeritus Archbishop of Chicago, passed away Friday morning after a long batter with cancer.

Anti-Cordileone ad misrepresents Catholicism, archdiocese says

Apr 17, 2015 - 04:13 am .- A group of Catholics promoting a full-page advertisement asking Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone don’t represent San Francisco Catholics and misrepresent the facts, the archdiocese has said.

Pope Francis to Cuba? It's not official, but possible, Vatican says

Apr 17, 2015 - 03:58 am .- The Holy See Press Office confirmed today that Pope Francis is considering a possible stop in Cuba as part as his trip to United States, which is scheduled to take place in September.

How much time does it take to reform the Vatican? A lot

Apr 17, 2015 - 12:02 am .- Already two years into the reform process of the Roman Curia, progress might seem slow. But cardinals on the Pope's advisory council say efforts – which may soon include new “super” congregations – are moving forward at a normal pace.

Pope Francis to honor Junipero Serra at American seminary in Rome

Apr 16, 2015 - 10:10 pm .- Since Pope Francis won’t make it to California for the canonization of its great evangelizer, he will join a celebration at Rome’s American seminary to honor the soon-to-be saint and encourage devotion to him.

Getting married? Want to stay married? These Catholics can help

Apr 16, 2015 - 03:51 pm .- With Christian marriages facing obstacles from pornography and infidelity to self-centeredness and divorce, what are faithful Catholics to do?

On 88th birthday, Benedict XVI lauded for emphasis on mercy

Apr 16, 2015 - 11:49 am .- The Vatican official charged with organizing the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy says the topic was the “heart” of Benedict XVI’s pontificate, due to the emphasis he placed on love, which is lived out in mercy.

American Sisters accept Vatican reforms on doctrine, theology

Apr 16, 2015 - 04:15 am .- In a joint report marking the conclusion of a multi-year mandate for reform, members of the LCWR have agreed to  corrections called for by the Vatican, and said they will continue on the path of dialogue.

The new celibacy? How porn may be destroying the impetus for sex

Apr 16, 2015 - 04:04 am .- One of music artist John Mayer's most signature songs is “Daughters,” a sweet and simple tribute to the importance of parents' influence on their little girls. Here's the refrain:

Australian bishops: the suffering need compassion, not suicide by drugs

Apr 16, 2015 - 02:24 am .- Euthanasia isn’t what the suffering and dying really need, said Australia’s Catholic bishops.

Kidnapped Nigerian girls deserve more than just a hashtag, activist says

Apr 15, 2015 - 04:16 pm .- The hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted a year ago by the group Boko Haram deserve a major, sustained rescue effort, says a Nigerian lawyer who urges far more global attention for the wider crisis in the country.

Papal blessings for Asia Bibi’s family, as death sentence still looms

Apr 15, 2015 - 03:13 pm .- Pope Francis has blessed the family of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, as they continue to work for her release.

Pope Francis: If men and women aren't different, we have problems

Apr 15, 2015 - 09:22 am .- Pope Francis has warned against gender theories which seek to eradicate differences between man and woman, saying they perpetuate the very problems they are trying to solve.

With Iraqi Christians besieged, these are the priests and nuns who choose to stay

Apr 15, 2015 - 04:31 am .- “At night we often hear gunfire,” says Father Steven, a priest in Alqosh, Iraq.

High-profile Rome exorcist: 'ISIS is Satan'

Apr 15, 2015 - 02:25 am .- In a recent Facebook post, well-known Roman exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth said the Islamic State (ISIS) “is Satan,” also questioning the lack of response from Western nations.

Relic of Saint John Paul II makes pilgrimage to Cuba

Apr 15, 2015 - 12:42 am .- Seventeen years after the historic visit of Saint John Paul II to Cuba, the Polish pope is returning to the country, thanks to a relic brought by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary after having journeyed on pilgrimage in various cities in the United States and Guatemala.

Priest who died on the Titanic could be on path to sainthood

Apr 14, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- When the Titanic began to sink on April 15, 1912, Father Thomas Byles had two opportunities to board a lifeboat. But he forewent those opportunities, according to passengers aboard the sinking ocean liner, in order to hear confessions and offer consolation and prayers with those who were trapped aboard.

A dark, tense history: behind Turkey's protest of the Holy See

Apr 14, 2015 - 12:25 pm .- Pope Francis' comments on the extermination of Armenian Christians in early 20th century Turkey prompted a strongly worded criticism from the Turkish Foreign Ministry and led to the withdrawal of Turkey's ambassador to the Holy See. But what's the full story?

Pope to Americas: working to build bridges is never in vain

Apr 14, 2015 - 10:03 am .- In a message for the 7th Summit of the Americas, Pope Francis called for dialogue, cooperation and the securing of human rights and basic life necessities.

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