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Young Vietnamese migrant workers find strength in Lenten practices

Mar 25, 2015 - 12:51 am .- Young Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand came together for a Lenten retreat focused on spiritual nourishment for the challenges of life as migrant workers in a foreign country.

Memorial fund honors father who gave life for child with Down syndrome

Mar 24, 2015 - 09:31 pm .- When his son fell eight feet into a septic tank while working on their family farm in Virginia, Thomas S. Vander Woude didn't think twice about trying to save him.

Protestors disrupt bishop's installation in Chile: 5 keys to understanding the controversy

Mar 24, 2015 - 05:11 pm .- A group of protesters attempted to stop the installation of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid as the new bishop of Osorno in southern Chile, pushing the bishop and throwing objects at him during the March 21 Mass.

Vatican invites 150 homeless for dinner, private tour of Sistine Chapel

Mar 24, 2015 - 01:48 pm .- In addition to food, umbrellas, sleeping bags, showers and haircuts, the Vatican is now offering Rome’s homeless the gift of beauty.

Vatican offers solidarity for victims of Alps plane crash

Mar 24, 2015 - 01:38 pm .- After a Germanwings Airbus carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps, the Holy See has assured the Pope's prayers for the departed and has offered solidarity with the victims’ families.

Reclaiming the human figure – art exhibit uses body, form to evangelize

Mar 24, 2015 - 04:25 am .- Can a portrait of a human face evangelize? Curators of a brand-new traveling art exhibit answer a resounding “Yes.”

German prelate breaks rank with Cardinal Marx, insists on fidelity to Rome

Mar 24, 2015 - 02:32 am .- A German cardinal has publicly opposed the words of two other German bishops who have suggested that the nation’s Church can form its own policies without direction from Rome.

A new hope: the Church of Naples after Pope Francis' visit

Mar 24, 2015 - 12:08 am .- Pope Francis’ visit to Naples on Saturday fostered the commitment of the local Church to combat corruption and to continue work on the ground that has already born much fruits in the city's peripheries, according to an official.

A 'spiritual oasis' – Southern Arabian cathedral celebrates 50 years

Mar 23, 2015 - 05:33 pm .- The Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Arabia, which serves the more than 2 million Catholics in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen, last week celebrated the 50th anniversary of its cathedral parish.

20 years of Evangelium Vitae: Vatican announces prayer vigil, rosary for life

Mar 23, 2015 - 05:30 pm .- An international prayer vigil prepared by the Vatican will recognize the 20th anniversary of Evangelium Vitae, the encyclical of Saint John Paul II dedicated to the value and inviolable nature of human life.

Want women's equality? Don't downplay 'feminine genius,' Holy See tells UN

Mar 23, 2015 - 03:52 pm .- The recognition of women’s special and integral role in human progress cannot overlook the dignity of women as wives, mothers and a voice for the vulnerable, a Vatican official told the United Nations this month.

Japan's history of 'hidden' Christians and what the Pope said about it

Mar 23, 2015 - 03:22 pm .- In a recent meeting with Japan's bishops, Pope Francis discussed how the country's brutal history of Christian persecution has given way to the survival of a small but fervent Catholic community today.

Rome's poor receive 1,000 pounds of food from Pope Francis

Mar 23, 2015 - 12:17 pm .- Pope Francis is sending half a ton of food to families suffering hardships in Rome’s Tor Bella Monaca neighborhood.

Got plans for Holy Week? Pope Francis does

Mar 22, 2015 - 04:48 pm .- Pope Francis' full slate of events for Holy Week includes plans for a traditional Stations of the Cross, Easter Masses and a universal blessing given on Easter Day.

Pope invites Rome's homeless to distribute Gospels at Sunday angelus

Mar 22, 2015 - 10:39 am .- Pope Francis on Sunday invited members of Rome's homeless community to join volunteers in handing out copies of the Gospel to pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square, a reminder of how God's Word is found among the poorest of society.

Saint's relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis

Mar 21, 2015 - 01:24 pm .- While Pope Francis was giving some advice to the religious, priests and seminarians of Naples on Saturday, a miracle occurred: a vial of dried blood from a fourth century saint liquefied.

Nuns watching soap operas and the 'terrorism' of gossip: Pope Francis and Naples' religious

Mar 21, 2015 - 12:30 pm .- In a wide-ranging, off-the-cuff speech to priests and religious in Naples, Pope Francis addressed various challenges of consecrated life, emphasizing above all the importance of poverty and resisting gossip.

Prison bars aren't stronger than God's love, Pope says to inmates

Mar 21, 2015 - 08:00 am .- During his one-day trip to Naples, Pope Francis made a stop at the local prison where he reminded inmates that God is rich in mercy and that nothing – even incarceration – can keep them from his love.

A feisty Pope Francis slams corruption, unemployment in Naples

Mar 21, 2015 - 05:39 am .- Addressing the crowds in Naples' notorious outskirts of Scampia, Pope Francis gave a verbal slap to corrupt leaders who exploit local laborers, charging that they “cannot claim to be Christian.”

'It's time to surrender,' Pope tells crime-ridden Naples

Mar 21, 2015 - 05:10 am .- Pope Francis told the people of Naples – a city ravaged by crime and mafia violence – that change is possible, and encouraged those involved in organized crime to convert and work toward a better future.

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