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Transfixed by the face of Jesus: Pilgrims at the Shroud of Turin

Jun 24, 2015 - 04:02 am .- At this year's exposition of the Shroud of Turin, pilgrims reflected on looking upon what some believe to be Christ's own image – miraculously imprinted on a Jewish burial cloth 2,000 years ago.

Thousands gather in Rome to support the family, oppose gender theory

Jun 24, 2015 - 12:04 am .- A pro-family demonstration drew hundreds of thousands of participants to Rome on Saturday, where the rally gathered those opposed to the introduction of gender ideology in Italian schools and to a bill which would expand the rights of those in civil unions.

Father Flanagan founded Boys Town. Will he be recognized as a saint?

Jun 23, 2015 - 04:58 pm .- The case for the sainthood of Servant of God Edward Flanagan, the priest who founded Nebraska’s famous Boys Town community for orphans and other boys, is now headed to Rome.

Have a family, grow a garden, be holy – conclusions from Laudato Si

Jun 23, 2015 - 03:46 pm .- The vision behind Pope Francis’ newest encyclical is one that offers a holistic proposal of stewardship rooted in faith, offering a lens through which to view the environment, said several Catholic theologians and ecologists.

Sister Nirmala, former head of Missionaries of Charity, dies in India

Jun 23, 2015 - 11:30 am .- Catholics around the world are mourning the death of Sister Nirmala Joshi, who passed away Tuesday. Sr. Nirmala had succeeded Blessed Teresa of Calcutta as superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, serving in that capacity from 1997 to 2009.

Synod guiding document: families need the Church's message of mercy

Jun 23, 2015 - 08:20 am .- The document set to guide this year’s synod discussions on the family touches on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and divorced and remarried couples, stressing that mercy is something every family needs from the Church.

What Pope Francis owes the Salesians

Jun 23, 2015 - 04:03 am .- Pope Francis is a Jesuit, but he has Salesian roots.

Pope Francis reconnects with relatives in Turin

Jun 23, 2015 - 12:00 am .- During his trip to Turin this week, Pope Francis visited his relatives and his ancestors' parish, his father, an Italian emigrant to Argentina, having been baptized in the city.

Modern martyrs should inspire US Christians, archbishop says

Jun 22, 2015 - 04:11 pm .- The plight of persecuted religious believers overseas should inspire American Catholics and others to continue their defense of religious freedom at home, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said.

A wish granted – Pope meets with young prisoners in Turin

Jun 22, 2015 - 02:54 pm .- For Fr. Domenico Ricca, chaplain of the Ferrante Aporti juvenile prison in Turin, this weekend’s visit from Pope Francis was a dream come true.  

Pope Francis asks forgiveness of Christian group over historical persecution

Jun 22, 2015 - 12:28 pm .- Pope Francis met on Monday with members of the Waldensian movement, an ecclesial community which suffered persecution from Catholic authorities from the 12th to 17th centuries. He apologized for the Church's “non-Christian attitudes and behavior” towards the Waldensians during that period.

A Vatican two-wheeler: Teen mechanics restore motorbike for Pope Francis

Jun 21, 2015 - 06:49 pm .- A group of teenagers at a Salesian-run professional school in Italy have restored a motorbike as a gift for the Pope.

Clearing up the confusion: New film sheds light on beauty, truth of marriage

Jun 21, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- Ahead of the highly anticipated Synod on the Family in October, many dioceses and Catholic media producers are finding new ways to ramp up their resources on marriage and family life.

Pope in Turin: Allow God to make us new

Jun 21, 2015 - 12:42 pm .- Pope Francis has challenged Christians to seek safety in God’s transformative power, and not in the world.  

Pope Francis asks workers: give immigrants compassion, not blame

Jun 21, 2015 - 10:40 am .- Pope Francis has encouraged workers not to blame their economic troubles on migrants, who are themselves often victims of injustice and treated like merchandise rather than human beings.

Shroud of Turin reminds us of all human suffering, Pope Francis says

Jun 21, 2015 - 07:42 am .- Pope Francis prayed before the Shroud of Turin on Sunday and reflected on the role the reputed burial cloth of Jesus Christ can play in Christian spiritual life.

Dorothy Day had nothing to say to this theologian – or so he thought

Jun 20, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Ever since entering the Church 27 years ago, theologian Lance Richey had always known about the Catholic social activist Dorothy Day in passing.

Pope Francis speaks up for Italy's unemployed youth

Jun 20, 2015 - 12:25 pm .- Youth unemployment is “a true social plague” that leaves young people feeling useless, Pope Francis told an Italian labor group on Saturday.

In Middle East martyrdoms, Pope Francis sees seeds of Christian unity

Jun 20, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Meeting with Syriac Orthodox leaders on Friday, Pope Francis decried the continuing martyrdom of Middle East Christians, and gave special mention to two Christian bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago.

Infallible? Informal? How binding is the new encyclical on Catholics?

Jun 19, 2015 - 04:25 pm .- With the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment this week came a wave of controversy over the Pope’s statements about climate change, species extinction and other scientific topics.

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