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Thousands of people are trapped in the ocean right now – here is Pope Francis' response

May 25, 2015 - 04:03 am .- Pope Francis has strongly called on the international community to help the scores of migrants who are currently trapped after attempting to cross the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

Why no one wants to talk about China's female suicide problem

May 24, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Zhang Xihuan doesn't know what was going through her mind when she swallowed a mouthful of the pesticide stored behind the staircase in her home in rural Shandong province.

Respect creation – this is a must for every single Christian, Pope Francis says

May 24, 2015 - 10:14 am .- Pope Francis used Sunday's feast of Pentecost – the descent of the Holy Spirit – as an occasion to remind Christians of their duty to care for and respect the earth.

Relics of Saints John XXIII, John Paul II light fires of faith in Thailand

May 24, 2015 - 06:08 am .- Scores of Catholic faithful are taking part in the Thailand tour of the sacred relics of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II.

Denver's Archbishop Aquila restores sacraments to original order

May 23, 2015 - 04:01 pm .- In an unprecedented change for an archdiocese, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver announced that the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion – will be restored to their original order.

Insides that didn't decompose – and other stunning facts about Oscar Romero

May 23, 2015 - 02:56 pm .- In his role as Vicar General, Monsignor Ricardo Urioste was one of the closest collaborators of Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was martyred for the faith in 1980 and beatified just this weekend.

Oscar Romero, a 'father of the poor,' beatified in El Salvador

May 23, 2015 - 01:20 pm .- Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified in El Salvador this morning, with Pope Francis declaring from the Vatican that the martyr's feast will be celebrated on March 24 each year – the day “in which he was born into heaven.”

Pope: Oscar Romero was a martyr who fought violence with love

May 23, 2015 - 07:48 am .- On the day of Oscar Romero’s beatification in San Salvador, Pope Francis sent a letter to the current archbishop, praising the martyr for his courageous service to the poor amid widespread national violence.

A drastic threat looms for an already ravaged Nepal – the rain season

May 23, 2015 - 04:02 am .- With 3-4 months of heavy rain at their doorstep, Nepal citizens who have been without shelter for nearly a month due to several massive earthquakes are desperate to find some sort of sturdy housing.

Syrian Catholic archdiocese asks prayers for kidnapped priest

May 22, 2015 - 04:24 pm .- The Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs confirmed on Friday that a priest in the diocese has been kidnapped, and has asked for prayers for the priest’s safe release.

Pope Francis' Bosnian visit to steer clear of Medjugorje

May 22, 2015 - 03:17 pm .- Pope Francis’ one-day trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina this June will not include a visit to Medjugorje, the location of controversial alleged Marian apparitions, according to a coordinator of the visit.

Vote to legalize gay marriage poses uncertain future for Ireland

May 22, 2015 - 12:32 pm .- As Ireland goes to the polls to vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, one Church official warns that the new law could bring yet-unforeseen consequences for future generations.

History versus caricature: 3 facts that show us the real Romero

May 22, 2015 - 11:21 am .- The beloved Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero was beatified El Salvador this weekend amid both celebration and what one critic calls skewed media reporting on the martyr's life.

Want to empower women? Support mothers, politician argues

May 22, 2015 - 09:45 am .- Ahead of a conference discussing the presence of women in the 2015 development agenda, organizers said goals fall short of addressing issues such as attacks on motherhood and surrogacy.

Pope's visit to Vatican departments a 'beautiful experience,' official says

May 22, 2015 - 07:14 am .- On Friday Pope Francis began making stops at different departments of the Roman Curia – the first in series of visits. Today’s rounds included four different offices.

This little boy still can't talk or move – but his mother has never been happier

May 22, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Constanza Saavedra spends 24 hours a day devoted to her son Ignacio, or “Nachito” as she affectionately calls him. He's only seven years-old and suffers from a serious congenital muscular condition that prevents him from breathing on his own. He depends on a respirator to survive.

Rabbi: Vatican II's interreligious document was 'life-saving'

May 22, 2015 - 12:08 am .- A 50 year-old declaration of the Second Vatican Council established a new era in Christian-Jewish relations and enabled members of both religions to unite against present-day secularism, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York reflected on Wednesday.

Nebraska bishops praise move to repeal death penalty

May 21, 2015 - 05:11 pm .- Nebraska’s Catholic bishops on Wednesday praised the Nebraska legislature’s veto-proof vote to end the death penalty, saying  capital punishment “cannot be justified” in the state at present.

Despite support from their president, Egypt's Christians are attacked by their neighbors

May 21, 2015 - 04:04 pm .- Egypt’s Christians continue to face worrisome persecution, despite the words and actions of its president to show goodwill to the community, an expert in religious freedom testified to the US Congress on Wednesday.

Judges shoot down Notre Dame's appeal on contraception mandate

May 21, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- A federal court has again denied the University of Notre Dame’s request for a preliminary injunction against federal mandates it says violate its religious freedom, though a trial can still go forward.

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