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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.

Pope Francis reaches to Catholic Charities to tap new DC bishop

Mar 20, 2015 - 05:48 pm .- With a background in Hispanic ministry and service at Catholic Charities, the newly announced auxiliary bishop of Washington, D.C. hopes to help people turn their faith into action.

Pope Francis: No matter what the crime, 'the death penalty is inadmissible'

Mar 20, 2015 - 03:10 pm .- Regardless of the crime that has been committed, capital punishment is unacceptable in the modern world, Pope Francis stressed in a recent letter.

Canada Supreme Court: Catholic schools have right to teach Church views

Mar 20, 2015 - 02:01 pm .- Canada’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Catholic schools in Quebec must be allowed to teach from a Catholic viewpoint during a state-mandated religion and ethics class.

Vatican archives shed light on tragedy of Armenian genocide

Mar 20, 2015 - 11:14 am .- Ahead of Pope Francis’ Mass commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, newly released historic documents confirm the Holy See’s broad commitment to helping the Armenian people at a time when few others would.

Pope accepts disgraced Scottish prelate's resignation from cardinal status

Mar 20, 2015 - 05:54 am .- In a rare move, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of disgraced Scottish Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien from the rights and duties of a cardinal, the Vatican announced on Friday.

An 11,000-mile pilgrimage to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Mar 20, 2015 - 04:11 am .- How far would you travel to see the Pope? For one family in Argentina, seven months and 11,000 miles is a small price to pay for the chance to celebrate the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis in September.

Dante's biggest fans? The 'poet of popes' and his legacy at the Vatican

Mar 20, 2015 - 02:06 am .- With this year marking the 750th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s birth, the Vatican is taking a closer look the author of the Italian masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, and his impact upon the popes of the 20th century.

Presbyterian critics: community's 'gay marriage' vote ignores Christian consensus

Mar 19, 2015 - 05:17 pm .- A majority of presbyteries in the Presbyterian Church (USA) have voted to redefine marriage, but one Presbyterian group warned that the denomination is “capitulating to the culture.”

With laws set to threaten religious liberty in DC, Senate is last legal hope

Mar 19, 2015 - 05:11 pm .- With religious freedom under assault in the U.S. capital, the Archdiocese of Washington is rallying behind its “only legislative recourse” left.

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