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Padre Pio was a true 'servant of mercy,' Pope Francis says

Feb 6, 2016 - 04:57 am .- On Saturday Pope Francis said that St. Padre Pio is a key example of someone who has given their entire life in the service of God’s mercy, but cautioned that there is only one reason he was able to do so: prayer.

A deadly mistake – Disability rights groups oppose Colo. assisted suicide bill

Feb 5, 2016 - 03:15 pm .- Disability advocates and medical professionals came out in opposition to a proposal in the Colorado legislature that would legalize assisted suicide, warning that it would further marginalize the disabled and terminally ill.

'Justice has been served' – Bishop Conley on why he invited Bishop Finn to Lincoln

Feb 5, 2016 - 11:29 am .- Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln defended his decision to allow Bishop Robert Finn, former bishop of Kansas City, Mo., to take a position as chaplain of a community of religious sisters in the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb. saying that justice for his past negligence “has been served.”

Pope Francis announces second soccer 'Match for Peace'

Feb 5, 2016 - 06:02 am .- Sitting alongside soccer stars such as Ronaldinho and Bryan Ruiz on Wednesday, Pope Francis announced that a second edition of his 2014 interreligious match for peace will take place in May.

'First in history' – Pope Francis to meet Russian Patriarch in Cuba

Feb 5, 2016 - 04:59 am .- On Friday the Vatican announced that while on his way to Mexico, Pope Francis will stop in Cuba to meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in the first-ever meeting between a Pope and a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The astonishing secret history of the Pope who fought Hitler

Feb 5, 2016 - 03:06 am .- Pope Pius XII's secret support for the attempted overthrow of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler is the subject of a new book that draws on wartime documents and interviews with the American intelligence agent who wrote them.

Journalist with microcephaly slams abortion push in Brazil

Feb 5, 2016 - 12:08 am .- In the wake of the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas, one woman born with microcephaly – which is suspected to be linked to Zika – has said that what’s needed for those with the condition is assistance, not abortion.

EU joins voices labeling ISIS actions a 'genocide'

Feb 4, 2016 - 07:24 pm .- The European Parliament on Thursday declared that genocide is taking place in the Middle East against Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities, at the hands of the Islamic State.

Pope Francis surprises jubilee pilgrims in visit to Vatican departments

Feb 4, 2016 - 05:29 pm .- On Thursday the “Pope of Surprises” made an unscheduled stop at the welcoming center for pilgrims in Rome for the Jubilee of Mercy, before heading to three Vatican departments for a lengthy visit after.

Brazilian bishops reject push to expand abortion to Zika virus cases

Feb 4, 2016 - 05:10 pm .- In its first statement related to the health crisis sparked by the Zika virus, the Brazilian Conference of Catholic Bishops said that the disease is “no justification whatsoever to promote abortion.”

Bizarre details emerge as 'fake priest' gets busted in LA

Feb 4, 2016 - 04:39 pm .- For months, Erwin Mena donned vestments, called himself “Padre,” and convinced Southern California Catholics that he was a priest, police say.

From a Mexican prison, a single mother will tell Pope Francis her story

Feb 4, 2016 - 04:01 pm .- Évila Quintana Molina is a single mother in a Mexican prison. She has never spoken in public, to protect her little daughter from being teased by other children. But when she was chosen to give her testimony to Pope Francis, her eight-year-old daughter encouraged her to go ahead.

National Prayer Breakfast keynote: In a world of division, be a bridge-builder

Feb 4, 2016 - 12:59 pm .- In their keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast, the couple behind the History Channel’s ‘The Bible’ miniseries called for efforts to unite people of different faiths, races and political beliefs.

Padre Pio's incorrupt body is in Rome – here's why

Feb 4, 2016 - 10:03 am .- The partially incorrupt body of Padre Pio has arrived to Rome for the first time ever alongside that of another friar, St. Leopold Mandi?, as a special initiative for the Jubilee of Mercy.

Archbishop Gomez: social justice needs a pro-life foundation

Feb 4, 2016 - 06:22 am .- Efforts to combat social injustice cannot forget that the right to life is foundational, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said at a Hispanic pro-life gathering last week.

Beyond the classroom: How one Catholic school puts care for creation into action

Feb 4, 2016 - 03:03 am .- The Chicago area didn’t get the piles of snow that much of the rest of the country did this week, to the disappointment of students and staff at Holy Family Academy.

How one Catholic college teaches students to deal with threats to religious liberty

Feb 4, 2016 - 12:04 am .- The future of religious freedom in the United States will one day be in the care of today’s college students, so one Catholic college is working to equip them for that struggle.

Pope Francis: I want to help bring peace to Mexico

Feb 3, 2016 - 03:55 pm .- Pope Francis will leave for Mexico in just over a week. In a new interview with a Mexican news agency, he told citizens of the crime-ridden country that while there, he hopes to be a messenger of peace, which must be fought for daily.

This LGBT advocate changed his mind about Christian bakers

Feb 3, 2016 - 03:47 pm .- Peter Tatchell is a passionate human rights campaigner who outwardly voices his support of same-sex marriage and LGBT issues.

Catholics to Supreme Court: Don't compromise women's safety to protect abortion

Feb 3, 2016 - 06:40 am .- If abortion clinics fail to meet established safety standards, the solution is not to lower those standards, said Catholic leaders in a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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