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.
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.
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.
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.
Dec 15, 2014 - 09:01 am .- The archbishop of Sydney has called for prayers after several people were taken hostage in the Australian city, reminding citizens to not turn on one another or “undermine our sense of security.”
Dec 14, 2014 - 04:54 pm .- The Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs has joined several other Christian schools and organizations in a legal brief to support a county voucher program, saying the Colorado Supreme Court should not exclude schools that are “too religious.”
Dec 14, 2014 - 08:43 am .- Christian joy is borne out of nearness to Christ, said Pope Francis during his Angelus address for the third Sunday of Advent, adding that “gloomy-faced” saints are a contradiction.
Dec 14, 2014 - 06:06 am .- The leader of the Syriac Catholic Church has lashed out at Western governments, charging that they ignore the plight of displaced Christians in Iraq because they represent no economic stakes.
Dec 14, 2014 - 05:22 am .- It was two years ago that Monsignor Robert Weiss rushed to the scene of the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, where nine of his littlest parishioners lost their lives, along with 11 of their schoolmates and six staff members.
Dec 13, 2014 - 01:04 pm .- During the homily at his Mass of Installation as Bishop of Broken Bay on Friday, Peter Comensoli entrusted both the diocese and his ministry to Our Lady Star of the Sea, and centered on the proclamation of Christ.
Dec 13, 2014 - 09:26 am .- In an audience with people who are blind and visually impaired Pope Francis said that St. Lucy’s courage in facing martyrdom can teach them to live their disability without fear or isolation.
Dec 13, 2014 - 09:13 am .- The Knights of Columbus have donated $1.6 million to the Pope’s personal charities, and are giving an additional $400,000 to assist the Holy See’s relief efforts in the Middle East.
Dec 13, 2014 - 04:05 am .- Pope Francis addressed the increasing challenges caused by violence in the Middle East with members of the Syriac Catholic Church, urging them to work alongside other churches to find solutions.
Dec 12, 2014 - 07:09 pm .- Heroic Media is celebrating their most successful year yet, reporting their pro-life ads have generated more than 360,000 responses, the highest number in the apostolate's ten-year history.
Dec 12, 2014 - 01:43 pm .- Pope Francis praised Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday as “a great missionary” who brought the faith to Latin America, as he called on Christians to see her prayers as an introduction to the Beatitudes and to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dec 12, 2014 - 12:55 pm .- Following the reception of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize by two south Asians this week, Pope Francis has praised Nobel laureates' efforts for peace but chose not to meet with the Dalai Lama, who won the prize in 1989.
Dec 12, 2014 - 11:52 am .- More than 25,000 people – including many young people – attended an outdoor Mass in Los Angeles honoring the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Dec 12, 2014 - 04:47 am .- Fr. Gabriel Nadaf is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church. He lives in Nazareth and faces death threats for publicizing the state of Christians in the Middle East.
Dec 12, 2014 - 02:01 am .- Sister Cristina Scuccia, the Ursuline religious who won The Voice Italy earlier this year, greeted Pope Francis on Wednesday and gave him a copy of her new album, "Sister Cristina."
Dec 12, 2014 - 12:15 am .- Efforts to reform the Roman Curia have moved forward with the latest round of Vatican meetings and will continue next year, said Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office.