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Less 'euro-centric,' please – what African bishops want from the synod

Jul 22, 2015 - 06:02 am .- October's synod of bishops on the family should take on a global perspective, rather than sticking to isolated issues found primarily in western society, African Church leaders have said.

Is the Pope a socialist?

Jul 22, 2015 - 03:31 am .- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Latin America has rekindled questions about whether he endorses socialism, or even communism.

Here's Pope Francis' schedule for the Jubilee of Mercy

Jul 22, 2015 - 12:04 am .- Twelve prominent events, each with the participation of Pope Francis, have been scheduled in Rome for the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, and CNA was able to glance at details of their programs.

French bishops: Don't euthanize paralyzed man

Jul 21, 2015 - 03:28 pm .- Bishop Thierry Scherrer of Laval, France, and the Bioethics Committee of his diocese are pleading with doctors at a hospital in Reims not to end the life of a young quadriplegic man.

In new video, Planned Parenthood exec appears to joke about pricing baby parts

Jul 21, 2015 - 11:50 am .- Another undercover video released today allegedly shows a senior official at Planned Parenthood flippantly discussing monetary compensation for aborted baby organs, and the alteration of abortion procedures to ensure that the organs are intact.

LA gets three new auxiliary bishops, including Fr. Robert Barron

Jul 21, 2015 - 07:03 am .- Known for his online videos which tackle everything from the saints, to the “new atheism,” to the latest blockbuster film, Fr. Robert Barron will have a new responsibility: auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, one of the cultural capitals of the world.

Ebola deaths are still happening – and the Vatican is aiming to stop them

Jul 21, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Although two of the three countries hardest hit by last year’s Ebola outbreak have been declared free of the virus, they aren’t out of the woods yet.

Behold the newly-discovered painting in Rome's Catacomb of Callixtus

Jul 21, 2015 - 12:03 am .- A recent discovery in the Catacomb of Saint Callixtus, an early Christian series of tombs beneath Rome which once held the bodies of 16 Popes, has been christened the “Orpheus cubicle” after the figure from Greek mythology.

US and Cuba re-open embassies – Will lifting the embargo be next?

Jul 20, 2015 - 04:44 pm .- The U.S. and Cuba formally re-established diplomatic ties for the first time since 1961 on Monday, a groundbreaking development advocated by Catholic bishops from both countries and set in motion by Pope Francis.

Mercy, Justice, and the Gospel of Life: US bishops on ending the death penalty

Jul 20, 2015 - 12:25 pm .- Two leading U.S. bishops have renewed the call to choose life over the death penalty because, they say, heinous criminals deserve both justice and mercy – their lives too are from God.

Bible publisher wins permanent victory over HHS mandate

Jul 19, 2015 - 03:55 pm .- A Bible publisher based in Illinois has won its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, with a final ruling delivered July 15 by a federal district court.

Pope entrusts South America trip to Mary

Jul 19, 2015 - 09:14 am .- Pope Francis entrusted his recent tri-nation voyage to South America to Our Lady of Guadalupe – praising the deeply-rooted Christianity in these countries, but also noting the social and economic challenges.

Yerba mate, Jesuits, and Francis – the story of the Pope's favorite drink

Jul 19, 2015 - 06:01 am .- On more than one occasion Pope Francis has been seen sharing a drink offered him by a pilgrim from Argentina: it's mate, a traditional infused drink popular in his native country and its neighbors.

The slow demise of Catholic magazines in Italy

Jul 18, 2015 - 04:15 pm .- A Catholic-inspired magazine that was once a leader in publishing opinions in Church discussions will quit publication by the end of the year, evidence of a crisis that have been plaguing Catholic magazines during the last decade.

Budget-keeping at the Vatican: in transition toward a new era

Jul 18, 2015 - 12:09 pm .- The Holy See and Vatican City State administration released their 2014 financial statements Thursday amid an ongoing process to reform Vatican finances and accounting standards.

Corruption, threats, torture – we need justice in the mining industry, Pope says

Jul 18, 2015 - 12:03 pm .- Continuing his theme on protecting both the environment and human rights, Pope Francis pointed to various injustices in the mining industry and called for collaboration in fostering change.

The Vatican's helipad: Transporting popes, saving kid's lives

Jul 18, 2015 - 04:04 am .- One of Europe's best pediatric hospitals, Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital in Rome, can now use the Vatican’s helipad to transport patients, personnel and medical equipment in emergencies.

Heroic virtue of Ukrainian bishop who sheltered hundreds of Jews recognized

Jul 17, 2015 - 03:12 pm .- On Thursday, Pope Francis authorized a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky, who was head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from 1900 to 1944, and who personally protected dozens of Jews from Nazi occupiers during World War II.

After deadly Chattanooga shooting, bishop rallies 'shaken' community to prayer

Jul 17, 2015 - 11:28 am .- Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville is calling the faith community to prayer after Thursday’s fatal shooting at a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, on the southern end of his diocese.

This Jewish man survived Nazi Germany. Now he's rescuing Christians from ISIS

Jul 17, 2015 - 04:02 am .- George Weidenfeld was barely eighteen when Nazi forces occupied his homeland of Austria in 1938. He may not have lived to see his 95th birthday – celebrated this year – if not for the selflessness and generosity of Christians during World War II. 

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