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Pope Francis plans to create new cardinals in February

Dec 11, 2014 - 10:15 am .- Pope Francis will hold a consistory for the creation of new cardinals Feb. 14-15, 2015, the Holy See press officer announced Thursday, adding that the consistory will follow meetings on the reform of the Roman Curia.

Pope: Missing something in your spiritual life? It's probably love

Dec 11, 2014 - 07:40 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis said that God’s love is always expressed in tenderness, and cautioned that if we haven’t experienced this then something is missing in our relationship with the Lord.

Prisoners of conscience remembered on Human Rights Day

Dec 11, 2014 - 04:36 am .- On International Human Rights Day, advocates drew attention to prisoners of conscience around the world who are being detained for their beliefs.

Vatican calls online harassment 'violence,' ups efforts to fight it

Dec 11, 2014 - 02:01 am .- The Holy See joined efforts with other Catholic organizations in order to raise awareness of the increasing trend of Internet threats, which is one among many current forms of violence against youth.

Palestinian nuns among newly advanced causes for sainthood

Dec 11, 2014 - 12:08 am .- Pope Francis on Saturday approved the advancement in the causes for sainthood of eight men and women, including two Palestinian nuns and an 20th century Italian wife and mother.

Conscience rights for DC religious schools threatened by city vote

Dec 10, 2014 - 07:10 pm .- The Washington D.C. city council has stripped religious schools of legal protection against certain discrimination lawsuits, voting unanimously to repeal an exemption that had been in place for decades.

Consumers have a social responsibility regarding slavery, Pope says

Dec 10, 2014 - 12:42 pm .- In his message for the 2015 World Day of Peace, released on Wednesday, Pope Francis has called for a global effort of fraternity rather than indifference to combat slavery and human trafficking.

Bishop condemns acts of torture detailed in damning Senate report

Dec 10, 2014 - 12:36 pm .- Beatings. Sleep deprivation. Death by hypothermia. Isolation. A Senate report released Tuesday exposed a dark underbelly of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program that oversaw 119 detainees between 2001 and 2009.

Pope calls victims to be 'prophetic voices' against nuclear war

Dec 10, 2014 - 10:44 am .- In a message to an international gathering on the impact of nuclear weapons, Pope Francis called on victims to be “prophetic voices” against the potential for destruction of persons and the planet.

Family synod gets down to basics of marriage, Pope says

Dec 10, 2014 - 08:26 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis started a new catechesis on the family, and explained that discussion surrounding the topic in the synod of bishops is rooted in the fundamental truths of marriage.

Australian Catholic migrant office slams new asylum seekers law

Dec 10, 2014 - 04:06 am .- The Australian bishops' office for migrants and refugees has termed “unethical” legislation signed into law last week that gives the national government unprecedented powers to deal toughly with asylum seekers.

Synod document asks how can we improve pastoral care to families

Dec 10, 2014 - 02:04 am .- The Synod of Bishops announced Tuesday it had released its prepatory document for the 2015 Synod on the Family, asking that bishops avoid formulating pastoral care merely in terms based on doctrine.

Former Vatican librarian, a friend of Pope Francis, dies at 91

Dec 10, 2014 - 12:01 am .- Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejìa, a former prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library and a longtime friend of Pope Francis, died on Tuesday Dec. 9.

The politics of Pope Francis: An anti-corruption, anti-ideology populism

Dec 9, 2014 - 10:02 pm .- Most people “still don’t know how Pope Francis thinks,” says a longtime Catholic observer who believes the Pope’s approach to politics is an ordinary path that rejects both corruption and elite ideological obsessions isolated from real people.

What makes the Church happy? Seeking lost sheep, Pope says

Dec 9, 2014 - 03:29 pm .- Like a shepherd finding lost sheep, the Church is a joyful mother who goes out and seeks her lost children, inviting them to consolation of the tenderness of Jesus, said Pope Francis in his daily homily Tuesday.

The request of a retired pope – simply call me 'Father Benedict'

Dec 9, 2014 - 01:08 pm .- Rather than being called by his papal name “Benedict XVI,” the retired pontiff revealed that since his retirement he has wanted to return to his original priestly title and be called simply “Father Benedict.”

World Meeting of Families calls for host families near Philly

Dec 9, 2014 - 11:50 am .- Organizers for the World Meeting of Families have asked people to open their homes to host attendees and other visitors for the event, which will mark Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S.

Catholic profs told to report opposition to 'gay marriage' as harassment

Dec 9, 2014 - 04:03 am .- An anti-harassment training presentation at a Catholic college encourages employees to report critics of “gay marriage” – and could reflect recent federal decisions that the belief in marriage as a union of a man and a woman is discriminatory.

Archdiocese launches Pakistan's premiere Catholic web radio station

Dec 9, 2014 - 02:02 am .- The Archdiocese of Karachi last month launched Pakistan's first Catholic radio station online, focused on the spirit of the new evangelization and aimed at spreading faith in the country.

Will a host of pontifical councils be merged into two congregations?

Dec 9, 2014 - 12:01 am .- The establishment of two large congregations, to include many tasks formerly divided among several pontifical councils, is expected to be discussed in the meeting of the Council of Cardinals scheduled for Dec. 9-11.

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