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Pope Francis strengthens commission for the protection of minors

Dec 17, 2014 - 02:04 pm .- Pope Francis appointed eight new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors on Wednesday, completing the ranks of the commission with a balanced geographical representation in doing so.

School massacre incites horror in Pakistani community

Dec 17, 2014 - 12:56 pm .- An Australian priest who spent more than 30 years in Pakistan has only one word for the impact of a Pakistani Taliban attack on a military school that left 141 victims, most of whom were children: “horror.”

Vatican, Pope played key role in US-Cuba prisoner release

Dec 17, 2014 - 10:26 am .- The Vatican played a critical role behind a prisoner exchange and a groundbreaking new policy between U.S. and Cuba announced on Wednesday, senior administration officials said.  

Tea and cake for Pope Francis as he celebrates 78th birthday

Dec 17, 2014 - 09:45 am .- Shouts of “Tanti auguri” – or, “Happy Birthday!” – filled St. Peter's Square Wednesday morning as Pope Francis circled around throngs of pilgrims on his popemobile during the weekly general audience.

An Advent gift: God's mercy in the confessional, cardinal says

Dec 17, 2014 - 06:02 am .- As Christmas approaches, priests and penitents should remind themselves of the “miracle” of confession and how we should approach the sacrament with “full freedom,” a Vatican cardinal says.

Pope: Mary and Joseph exemplify mission, vocation of family life

Dec 17, 2014 - 05:06 am .- Pope Francis spoke today about Jesus’ choice to be born into a family, saying that it shows the importance of the vocation, which Mary and Joseph epitomized through their everyday holiness.

Debt, illness, discrimination – Syrian refugees struggle in Lebanon

Dec 17, 2014 - 02:09 am .- After losing their homes and their livelihoods, Syrian refugees in Lebanon are now finding their plight worsened by the financial costs, medical stresses, and prejudices that can accompany living in a foreign land.

An early Christmas present: Pope Francis to meet man serving life sentence

Dec 17, 2014 - 12:08 am .- As inmates are moved by a letter Pope Francis has sent to the prison of a small town in central Italy, the news broke that a man serving a life sentence will be among those at an audience with Pope Francis Dec. 20.

Christ offers healing and peace, Sydney archbishop says after siege

Dec 16, 2014 - 04:19 pm .- In the aftermath of a hostage situation at an Australian café, Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., stressed that the love of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, can overcome fear and darkness.  

O Holy Night! Most Americans believe in Christmas story

Dec 16, 2014 - 04:01 pm .- Christmas carols echo reality for most Americans, who believe in the historical accuracy of several Gospel descriptions of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Only a repentant heart will receive salvation, Pope Francis says

Dec 16, 2014 - 01:14 pm .- Pope Francis touched on the importance of being humble and open to the Lord's correction, encouraging the faithful to offer him their sins to God in order to be saved.

Indian migrants in Holy Land walk to Bethlehem for peace

Dec 16, 2014 - 12:04 pm .- More than 2,000 Indian migrant workers in the Holy Land took part in a brief pilgrimage from Jerusalem to Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity over the weekend as part of their preparations for Christmas.

Final report: Vatican thanks women religious, stresses focus on Christ

Dec 16, 2014 - 09:03 am .- The Vatican has published the results of its apostolic visitation examining the quality of religious communities across the U.S. in a report described as realistic yet encouraging.

For Archbishop Chaput, Holy Family holds lesson on immigration

Dec 16, 2014 - 04:39 am .- Faithful Catholics “need to remember that the Holy Family too was once a family of immigrants and refugees,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

At Vienna conference, Holy See renews call for nuclear disarmament

Dec 16, 2014 - 02:01 am .- At a meeting on the impact of nuclear arms last week, the Holy See complained that institutions have not found the proper solution to address the nuclear arms issue, and praised the gathering as a new hope towards nuclear disarmament.

Vatican budgets for 2015 to be prepared by springtime

Dec 16, 2014 - 12:02 am .- In an effort to improve the Holy See budgeting system, the Secretariat for the Economy has already trained Vatican employees in new budgeting policies, and 2015's budgets are to be released by the spring.

A long vacancy: Controversial religious freedom diplomat takes helm

Dec 15, 2014 - 07:19 pm .- The U.S. Senate voted 61-36 on Friday to confirm Rabbi David Saperstein as the next U.S. Ambassador at-large for International Religious Freedom.

US asks Vatican to help relocate Guantanamo inmates

Dec 15, 2014 - 04:21 pm .- On Monday, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met briefly with his Vatican counterpart, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to discuss issues of common concern and to seek the Holy See's aid in relocating Guantanamo detainees.

Pope Francis to media: People are more valuable than 'hits'

Dec 15, 2014 - 02:54 pm .- Catholics working in media would do well to remember that communications is about informing people – not collecting “hits,” Pope Francis told representatives from the Italian station TV2000.

Papuan bishop decries witch hunts, violence against women

Dec 15, 2014 - 02:03 pm .- A bishop in Papua New Guinea last week condemned the witch hunts which take place in the country, where many residents believe in sorcery and those accused of practicing it – mostly women – are attacked and murdered by mobs.

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