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As Ukraine violence continues, Pope renews call for dialogue

Jan 25, 2015 - 12:35 pm .- During his weekly Angelus address, Pope Francis decried the recent escalation of violence in Ukraine, and later called on Christians to pray for unity with one another.

Why the pro-life movement needs Democrats

Jan 25, 2015 - 06:30 am .- Pro-life Democrat politicians are fast becoming an endangered political species, but their pro-life presence is necessary for the movement to succeed, both Republicans and Democrats agreed.  

House stalls on one pro-life bill, passes another

Jan 24, 2015 - 07:51 pm .- On the 41st anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the U.S., the House passed a ban on federal funding of abortion, after delaying a vote on a different piece of pro-life legislation.

Pope Francis surprised by misunderstanding of his words on family

Jan 24, 2015 - 04:20 pm .- Pope Francis was surprised that his words on responsible parenthood were not widely taken in the sense that he intended them, a Vatican official related in an interview on Thursday.

Want Christian unity? Deepen your own conversion, Pope says

Jan 24, 2015 - 02:46 pm .- Pope Francis told a group of religious men and women that they are the forerunners in working towards Christian unity, which is something that first requires personal conversion, holiness and prayer.

Beatification cause opened for founder of Focolare movement

Jan 24, 2015 - 07:48 am .- Bishop Rafaello Martinelli of Frascati, Italy, has announced that the beatification cause will be opened for the founder of the Focolare movement, Chiara Lubich.

Worldliness 'stuns more than grappa on a fast,' Pope tells new cardinals

Jan 24, 2015 - 07:02 am .- In a letter to the 20 bishops who will be elevated to the cardinalate next month, Pope Francis said that the role is one of sacrificial service rather than an award, and cautioned against a worldly mindset.

Who inspires the young pro-lifers of today? Pope Francis

Jan 23, 2015 - 04:08 pm .- Young pro-life advocates emphasized Pope Francis’ influence on their witness for the defenseless unborn child at the 2015 March for Life, held in the nation’s capital Jan. 22.

Confession isn't the 'dry-cleaners' – it's an embrace from God

Jan 23, 2015 - 03:55 pm .- Pope Francis said that confessing our sins isn't a “mechanical” procedure like getting a stained removed but rather a joyful embrace from God, who forgives everything from a heart that's repentant.

For Pope Francis, faith is a criterion in investigating a marriage's validity

Jan 23, 2015 - 01:16 pm .- In investigating the validity of a marriage, ecclesial judges should consider whether the decision to marry was made in the context of values and faith, Pope Francis said on Friday.

American priest among saints causes advanced by Pope Francis

Jan 23, 2015 - 10:28 am .- Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz is one of the 11 causes for canonization that Pope Francis advanced yesterday, and will be granted the title “Venerable” with the pontiff’s recognition of his heroic virtue.

Flea market find becomes heavenly gift for Pope Francis

Jan 23, 2015 - 04:02 am .- The journalist who won a big smile from Pope Francis after giving him an image of St. Therese of Lisieux on his way to the Philippines said that she found it in a flea market, and gave it as the second in a pair.

Fostering close ties: what family life teaches us about communication

Jan 23, 2015 - 04:00 am .- Pope Francis chose the family as his theme for this year’s World Communications Day, saying that as the first place we learn to communicate, families teach us to go out of ourselves and encounter others.

Leading Iraqi Christian calls on Muslims to confront 'culture of hatred'

Jan 23, 2015 - 02:04 am .- The Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon has encouraged Iraqi Muslims to confront violent extremists, stressing the need to return to peaceful coexistence despite present threats in the country.

Pope Francis completes new Vatican office to tackle clergy abuse

Jan 23, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Pope Francis completed the membership of the new Vatican body with responsibility for dealing with clerical sex abuse on Wednesday,  marking a further step in providing adequate procedures to insure justice for all the victims.

March for Life 2015 unites 'pro-life generation'

Jan 22, 2015 - 05:55 pm .- “We are the pro-life generation! We are the pro-life generation!” The chant could be heard along Constitution Avenue, as cold weather in the nation’s capital did not deter the masses from taking part in the 2015 March for Life.

Pius XII helped Jews in Rome – and an Italian historian has the evidence

Jan 22, 2015 - 05:44 pm .- An Italian historian has found evidence that Venerable Pius XII’s order to open the doors to Jewish refugees was delivered to two enclosed monasteries in Rome, “L’Osservatore Romano” wrote on Wednesday.

Democrat, feminist, atheist – the growing face of the pro-life movement

Jan 22, 2015 - 05:22 pm .- This isn’t your father’s pro-life movement. A group of young activists is challenging the pro-life stereotype so as to broaden its audience, a move it sees as necessary to achieve a “culture of life.”

Masses suspended in Niger due to church burnings

Jan 22, 2015 - 04:32 pm .- The bishops of Niger have canceled Masses and activities at Catholic schools, health care facilities and charity outreaches after Muslim extremists set fire to dozens of churches across the country.

Why Junipero Serra's canonization is important for the new evangelization

Jan 22, 2015 - 02:01 pm .- Although the colonial and missionary period of California’s history is often riddled with bitter memories, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles reflected on the life of the missionary Bl. Junipero Serra as a bold witness to the faith.

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