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When was the last time you said 'thank you' and 'I'm sorry?' Pope asks

May 13, 2015 - 09:04 am .- In his general audience Pope Francis focused on the concrete challenges families face in daily life, and said that simply remembering to be grateful and to apologize can go a long way in avoiding conflict.

For Cardinal Mamberti, dialogue with Muslims is a must

May 13, 2015 - 06:22 am .- Among all the difficult situations in the world, the Middle East situation – including the plight of the region’s Christians – is one of the most compelling, says a former top Vatican diplomat who adds that dialogue with Islam must be fostered.

After theft, Argentines donate prized possessions, wedding rings for new monstrance

May 13, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Large numbers of the faithful are donating gold and silver belongings to forge a new monstrance after a theft in Tucuman, Argentina.

German bishops change labor laws to allow divorced and remarried, gay civil unions

May 12, 2015 - 08:18 pm .- Last week, the German bishops’ conference announced it is changing its labor laws such that contracting a civil marriage after divorce or entering a same-sex civil union cannot result in termination of employment except in “exceptional cases.”

EWTN named religious television station of the year

May 12, 2015 - 04:49 pm .- For the third consecutive year, EWTN Global Catholic Network has been awarded the 2015 Gabriel Award for Religious Television Station of the Year – a prestigious honor which acknowledges the Network's programming, community service, and production values.

You are not just aid workers – you are witnesses to Christ, Pope tells Caritas

May 12, 2015 - 03:38 pm .- On Tuesday Pope Francis told global representatives of Caritas International that true service is about welcoming God and others, and called them to continue their mission by going out to the peripheries.

In rare new letter, Benedict XVI seeks shepherds for the whole world

May 12, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Speaking from retirement, Benedict XVI has underscored the need for the Church to extend its pastoral care to non-believers and to share “the questions of the times” in its continuing efforts to announce the gospel to the world.

Pope Francis: Spare no effort in defending life, family

May 12, 2015 - 03:26 am .- In his meeting on Saturday with the bishops from Mozambique, a southeast African nation, Pope Francis urged support for public policies that promote the family and protect human life.

Martyrdom serves Christian unity, Pope Francis tells Coptic Orthodox patriarch

May 12, 2015 - 12:02 am .- In a message sent Sunday to the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Francis said advances toward reconciliation are strengthened by the martyrs and that Christians must unite to confront shared global challenges.

Despite changes, 'genocide' of China’s one-child policy endures, activists say

May 11, 2015 - 05:17 pm .- Human rights advocates told a congressional commission of the “terrifying” practices of China’s coercive one-child policy and lamented forced abortion as a crime against humanity.

Nun asks jury for mercy, to spare Boston bomber's life

May 11, 2015 - 04:26 pm .- In the defense’s final move to save the life of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Sister Helen Prejean asked the jury not to execute the young man.

On Monday, a little boy asked Pope Francis: 'What is peace?'

May 11, 2015 - 01:31 pm .- This question was part of a special question and answer session with the Bishop of Rome touching on a wide range of themes – from the link between greed and war, to arguments with siblings, and the role of religion in promoting peace in the world.

Dates of Pope's Cuba trip announced: Sept. 19-22

May 11, 2015 - 12:40 pm .- Pope Francis’ historic trip to Cuba will take place Sept. 19-22, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Cuba has announced.

Pope Francis: Get ready to be martyrs – even in the little things

May 11, 2015 - 11:31 am .- Pope Francis centered his homily for Monday's daily Mass on the “scandal of the cross,” saying Christians should turn to the Holy Spirit in preparing for martyrdom – great or small.

Hopelessness and heroin – what fueled the Baltimore riots and what now?

May 10, 2015 - 05:17 pm .- As Baltimore works to recover from riots and protests after the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, the Church is working to reach a wounded community with a long history of pain and little hope.

March for Life in Rome draws 40,000 participants

May 10, 2015 - 04:01 pm .- One of tens of thousands of people to take to the streets of Rome for this year's March for Life, Mary Rathke is living proof that those conceived in rape deserve life, and not abortion.

Raul Castro to Pope: Thanks to you, I may come back to the Church

May 10, 2015 - 01:51 pm .- Following a private meeting at the Vatican with Pope Francis, who has helped to broker improved relations between Cuba and the United States, the president of the Caribbean nation suggested he could return to the Church in the future.

Pope Francis sends a hug to moms worldwide for Mother's Day

May 10, 2015 - 09:28 am .- On Sunday, Pope Francis extended a special greeting to all those around the world who are celebrating Mother's Day, after offering advice on loving to the point of laying down one's life.

From Europe’s Christians, a call for a vision of freedom with and for others

May 10, 2015 - 06:08 am .- True freedom rejects mere consumption and satisfaction and embraces a duty to rescue the migrant, to save women from violence, and to help young people struggling to work and care for their families. In short, freedom includes responsibility towards God and neighbor, Europe’s Christian leaders have said.

Virginia bishops on the death penalty: We're having the wrong debate

May 9, 2015 - 04:52 pm .- As discussions surrounding a “more humane” death penalty in the United States continue, the two Catholic bishops of Virginia have released a statement asking the faithful to take a stance against the use of capital punishment in today’s society.

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