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For Thailand's new cardinal, secularism is the face of the devil

Feb 23, 2015 - 05:12 pm .- The main challenge facing the Church today is secularism, according to Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Bangkok, who boldly called the phenomenon the devil's face in the modern world.

Mystic, monk and poet โ€“ meet the newest Doctor of the Church

Feb 23, 2015 - 04:37 pm .- St. Gregory of Narek – a tenth century priest, monk, mystic, and poet beloved among Armenian Christians – has become the first Armenian to be named a Doctor of the Church.

Relief and gratitude after release of priest abducted in Afghanistan

Feb 23, 2015 - 02:35 pm .- Friends and colleagues have pledged their support for a Jesuit priest released after eight months of captivity in Afghanistan, where he had been working to help refugees.

For Coptic Christians, threat of martyrdom is part of daily life

Feb 22, 2015 - 04:37 pm .- The brutal murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS last week is shining a light on the reality faced by many of Egypt’s Christians on a daily basis.  

Pope and Curia begin annual Lenten retreat

Feb 22, 2015 - 01:49 pm .- Pope Francis and members of the Curia set out from Rome on Sunday afternoon to begin their annual Lenten retreat.

To follow Christ, we must confront life's deserts, Pope says

Feb 22, 2015 - 10:22 am .- The 40 days of Lent are a reminder that we face spiritual deserts, and we must confront them with courage and the aid of Scripture, Pope Francis said during his weekly Angelus address.

Bishops push for Congress to support conscience rights in health care act

Feb 22, 2015 - 06:08 am .- Just because you may oppose abortion doesn’t mean you should be denied comprehensive health care coverage, according to Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston.

St. Therese of Lisieux's 'difficult' sister is on the road to sainthood

Feb 21, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- The “difficult” sister of St. Therese of Lisieux is on the road to sainthood, a reminder – according to her postulator – that holiness is a calling for all people.

If you are in organized crime, you are not a Christian, Pope says

Feb 21, 2015 - 02:46 pm .- You cannot call yourself a true believer if you participate in organized crime, Pope Francis told members of the Cassano all’Jonio diocese in Italy on Saturday.

Ukraine, poverty, G7 discussed by Pope, German chancellor

Feb 21, 2015 - 11:56 am .- The ongoing crisis in Ukraine was among the topics covered by Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in their Feb. 21 meeting at the Vatican.  

Archbishop Romero had no interest in liberation theology, says secretary

Feb 21, 2015 - 06:53 am .- Although liberation theology proponents visited Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and left him their books, he was never swayed by their ideas, says the late archbishop’s personal secretary.  

Grandmother, florist may lose her business and home for declining gay wedding

Feb 20, 2015 - 04:01 pm .- If you walk into Barronelle Stutzman’s floral business, you’re probably going to get a hug. She puts her heart into her work, from making beautiful arrangements to making customers feel like family.

Ukranian bishop meets with Pope Francis as country's crisis rages on

Feb 20, 2015 - 03:32 pm .- After meeting with Pope Francis during their ad limina visit to Rome, one of Ukraine's bishops said the country faces a humanitarian crisis in conflict areas and called for dialogue and prayers for peace.

As storm brews, San Fran archbishop strikes back at school guideline critics

Feb 20, 2015 - 03:19 pm .- Politicians have targeted San Francisco Catholic schools’ teacher standards, but Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says they are a matter of Catholic mission and common sense.

Using God as a cover for injustice is no trifling matter, Pope says

Feb 20, 2015 - 08:32 am .- In his homily Friday, Pope Francis said that love of God and of neighbor are inseparable, and castigated the actions of those who give to the Church, but at the same time exploit and mistreat others.

Metal coils and furious women: The stunning controversy behind an FDA-approved birth control

Feb 20, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Perforated organs, metal coils lodged in colons, fetal disfigurement due to nickel poisoning. Chronic pain, exhaustion, bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts.  

Coptic Catholics consecrate first church in Sinai, against backdrop of martyrdom

Feb 20, 2015 - 02:01 am .- “The Church in Egypt has been strengthened by the murder of our brothers in Libya.” Such was the reaction of Coptic Catholic Bishop Youssef Aboul-Kheir of Sohag to the beheading of 21 Orthodox Coptic men in Libya by Islamic State affiliates.

Rise of racism, exclusion in Europe prompts call for action

Feb 20, 2015 - 12:49 am .- Church representatives across Europe cautioned Wednesday against a rise in xenophobic attitudes toward minorities and urged political leaders to stop pinning blame, and start promoting human values.

VIP treatment for LGBT group at the Vatican? Not really.

Feb 19, 2015 - 05:19 pm .- Vatican sources have cast doubt on reports of VIP treatment for New Ways Ministry, an American LGBT activist group that rejects Catholic teaching, at Pope Francis’ most recent general audience.

Not endorsement, but understanding โ€“ Pope Francis and married priests

Feb 19, 2015 - 04:58 pm .- While addressing the priests of the Diocese of Rome on Thursday, Pope Francis also responded to a question about married priests, underscoring that the Church has great concern for priests who leave ministry to get married and later want to return, but that on the other hand he does not know if the Church can find a way for this to happen.

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