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Compassion vs. security: What to do with Syrian refugees?

Nov 24, 2015 - 05:01 pm .- As the U.S. plans to increase its intake of Syrian refugees to 10,000 next year, Americans – including Catholics – are trying to balance national security concerns with compassion for the refugees.   

Africa's bishops offer Pope Francis prayers and a warm welcome

Nov 24, 2015 - 04:21 pm .- Ahead of the papal visit to Africa, the continent’s bishops have sent Francis a message of welcome. They emphasized the importance of the family in African society and the need for peace in regions suffering terrorism and violent conflict.

Trial begins for five accused in second 'Vatileaks' case

Nov 24, 2015 - 10:31 am .- On Tuesday a preliminary hearing of the five individuals accused of leaking and disseminating confidential financial documents was held in the Vatican, with the next hearing set to begin Nov. 30.

Pope names first Catholic bishop to oversee Anglican ordinariate

Nov 24, 2015 - 07:56 am .- Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, as the new bishop who will head the Anglican Ordinariate in the United States and Canada.

Chicago Catholic cemeteries give a proper burial to those who died on the fringes

Nov 24, 2015 - 03:04 am .- Chicago’s Catholic cemeteries have helped bury the bodies of about 200 unidentified and unclaimed persons in recent years. One of the priests involved has stressed the importance of reducing homelessness and of mourning those who have no one to pray for them.

In Australia, bishops face legal complaint for defending marriage

Nov 24, 2015 - 02:31 am .- The Sydney archbishop has strongly defended the freedom of the Catholic Church in response to a legal complaint claiming the Australian bishops’ pastoral letter on marriage violated Tasmania’s strict anti-discrimination law.

Over 200 consecrated hosts stolen, desecrated in Spain art exhibit

Nov 23, 2015 - 04:40 pm .- Critics of Pamplona’s city council say it deliberately attacked Catholics and broke Spanish law by using city property to display a sacrilegious art exhibit with more than 240 stolen consecrated Hosts.

Pope Francis sends greetings to Africa ahead of this week's trip

Nov 23, 2015 - 04:38 pm .- Pope Francis sent two video messages Monday ahead of his tri-nation visit to Africa, speaking his intent to bring “consolation and hope” to the region while serving as a “minister of the Gospel.”

The Pope in a war zone – what his visit means to Central African Republic

Nov 22, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Pope Francis' visit to the Central African Republic next week will be the first time he steps into an active war zone. It is a meaningful visit for locals which portrays the image of father coming to console his suffering children.

Pope sends condolences after deadly terrorist attack in Mali

Nov 22, 2015 - 11:41 am .- Pope Francis condemned the “senseless violence” of Friday’s terrorist attack on a hotel which has killed at least 22 people in Mali, and prayed for the “conversion of hearts.”  

Pope Francis: While worldly kingdoms dominate, Christ’s kingdom liberates

Nov 22, 2015 - 09:37 am .- In a world which employs “weapons of fear” and manipulation, the strength of Christ’s kingdom is founded in truth and love, Pope Francis said in his Sunday angelus address, during which he also remembered today’s persecuted Christians. 

Priests aren't mushrooms: Pope Francis' reflection on priestly ministry, formation

Nov 22, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Pope Francis on Friday spoke to a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Vatican II's decrees on the ministry and life of priests and on priestly training, noting priests' role as coming from the community and being for the community.

What does Christ have to do with cancer? One woman's path to peace

Nov 21, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Heather King never cared much for doctors.

Cardinal Sarah on new book: I want to help people rediscover God

Nov 21, 2015 - 10:51 am .- At the presentation of his new book Cardinal Robert Sarah said that Western society is rapidly forgetting God, and expressed his desire to help people rediscover him through both prayer and witness.

Vatican charges five in leak of confidential docs

Nov 21, 2015 - 09:34 am .- The Vatican has formally indicted five people for the recent leak and dissemination of private financial documents, two of whom are former members of a Holy See commission, and two journalists.

Five religions in Thailand send powerful message to people of Paris

Nov 21, 2015 - 05:46 am .- Uniting with other major faith groups at an interreligious ‘March for Peace,’ Thai Catholics on Thursday offered prayers for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

Is fear of genocide keeping Middle Eastern Christians from refugee camps?

Nov 20, 2015 - 12:47 pm .- Christians fleeing violence in the Middle East are sometimes avoiding refugee camps because they fear genocide even within the camps, some observers are warning.

Pope Francis laments the 'erosion' of the faith in Germany

Nov 20, 2015 - 11:52 am .- In his message to Germany's bishops on Friday, Pope Francis noted a grave lack of participation in the sacraments among Catholics there, and encouraged the bishops to overcome resignation and to focus on Confession during the Jubilee of Mercy.

In Pope's meeting with Ukrainian president, peace takes center stage

Nov 20, 2015 - 09:53 am .- Pope Francis today met with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, discussing both the good relations between Ukraine and the Vatican, as well as their shared concerns over the current conflict with Russia.

Preschooler whose 'celebration of Mass' went viral dies of cancer

Nov 20, 2015 - 06:17 am .- A young Brazilian boy whose solemn reenactment of the Mass drew hordes of online traffic has passed away after nearly two years of battling an aggressive form of cancer.

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