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Pope Francis decries persecution of Iraqi Christians in video message

Dec 6, 2014 - 09:36 am .- In a video message delivered to the displaced Iraqi Christians on Saturday, Pope Francis decried the suffering experienced by those persecuted for their faith, while expressing his gratitude for their witness.

Advent meditations for Pope delve into meaning of peace

Dec 6, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa gave his first advent homily to Pope Francis, touching on the biblical meaning of the word peace – both as a gift from God and a longing of the human heart.

Pope: the 'feminine genius' takes on theology's uncharted territory

Dec 5, 2014 - 01:07 pm .- In an address given to theologians, Pope Francis praised the increasing presence of women in the field, saying that their femininity has the capacity to delve deeper into the mystery of Christ.

Vatican finance czar finds robust resources as transparency measures advance

Dec 5, 2014 - 12:09 pm .- In a recent article for the Catholic Herald, Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, shed light on the progress made in the reform of Vatican finances, which he is spearheading.

Prayer in the Philippines: bracing for Super Typhoon Hagupit

Dec 5, 2014 - 12:02 pm .- With Super Typhoon Hagupit approaching, tens of thousands of people have fled the coasts, as disaster relief agencies prepare for the storm’s aftermath and the Archbishop of Manila calls for prayers.  

Award praises OKC archbishop's 'rallying cry' against black mass

Dec 5, 2014 - 09:35 am .- Oklahoma City’s Archbishop Paul Coakley has received a Catholic leadership award for his prominent opposition to a satanic black mass in his city, as well as his work with Catholic Relief Services.

How a modern DC art exhibit is learning womanhood from Mary

Dec 5, 2014 - 04:45 am .- A new art exhibit in Washington, D.C., hopes to revive a sense of womanhood exemplified in the Virgin Mary, as depicted by Renaissance and Baroque artists.

Will an ancient Christian culture disappear unless East and West unite?

Dec 5, 2014 - 02:02 am .- The East and West must cooperate to save ancient Christian cultures in the Middle East, to secure peace, and to protect humanity as a whole, an expert in Aramaic culture insists.

Huge crowds flock to see St Francis Xavier's relics on his feast day

Dec 5, 2014 - 12:03 am .- On Wednesday, the 462nd anniversary of his death, an estimated 200,000 people visited Se Cathedral in Old Goa to venerate the relics of St. Francis Xavier, the “Apostle to the Far East.”

Author, cardinals spar over reports of conclave campaigning

Dec 4, 2014 - 07:07 pm .- The 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis is news again now that four cardinals have denied a new book’s claim that they campaigned for Pope Francis to be elected – though the book’s author has clarified the Pope himself was not a part of their supposed campaign.

Protect us – One archbishop's plea as Nigeria elections loom

Dec 4, 2014 - 05:01 pm .- As Nigeria's general elections draw near, the archbishop of the central city of Jos warned candidates not to put political agendas over people's safety and urged more rapid solutions to Boko Haram violence.

From the lion's den: Alice von Hildebrand's 'happy failure'

Dec 4, 2014 - 04:38 pm .- Despite having a life radically different than the one she expected as a Belgium youth, philosopher Dr. Alice von Hildebrand says God supported her through every challenge.

Ratzinger's retraction: the fruit of 42 years of theological maturation

Dec 4, 2014 - 03:16 pm .- News broke weeks ago that a new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works was being released in German with an updated version of a 1972 essay, which no longer suggests that the divorced and remarried can receive Communion, as it once did.

Coming soon: the Vatican's report on US women religious

Dec 4, 2014 - 01:51 pm .- The Vatican has confirmed it will release its report on the state of women religious in the United States later this month, following up on the apostolic visitation that concluded in January 2012.  

Turkish Muslims 'deeply appreciated' papal visit

Dec 4, 2014 - 12:03 pm .- Pope Francis' visit to Turkey was highly appreciated by Muslims because of the care and interest he demonstrated for them, and for his acknowledgement that not all Muslims are terrorists, a local scholar has said.

Pope Francis praises the 'hidden holiness' of everyday saints

Dec 4, 2014 - 09:57 am .- Pope Francis cautioned against the false appearances of those who are proud or vain, saying that true holiness is found in the silent, everyday witness of the poor and humble.

This 82-year-old cardinal says he'll face jail for democracy

Dec 4, 2014 - 04:02 am .- One of several leaders of Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement to surrender to police after months of pro-democracy protests, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said he is ready to go to jail.

For Holy Land youth, sports center to be ground for dialogue, peace

Dec 4, 2014 - 02:05 am .- Franciscans in the Holy Land have launched a new project to bring together young people from different cultural and religious backgrounds to share in the “common language” of sports.  

Papal mace points to education's true purpose, Scottish bishop says

Dec 4, 2014 - 12:28 am .- The presentation of a special Papal mace marking the 600th anniversary of Scotland’s oldest university is a reminder of the ultimate purpose of education – to know, love and serve God, said the local bishop.  

Manila declares five-day holiday for Pope Francis' upcoming visit

Dec 3, 2014 - 04:04 pm .- In an executive order, the mayor of Manila has declared a five-day, non-working holiday for Pope Francis’ Jan. 15-19 visit – a decision the Philippine government is considering on a national level.  

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