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Philadelphia archbishop voices 'deep sadness', prays for train derailment victims

May 14, 2015 - 11:59 am .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia reacted Wednesday to the deadly train derailment in his city with sadness and prayers.

When detention denies dignity: bishops offer look inside US migrant, refugee policy

May 14, 2015 - 03:20 am .- “Please help us, please pray for us.” These were the words of detained migrants and refugees at a Karnes, Texas facility who spoke Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio and his visiting delegation of religious leaders last year.

US House overcomes initial setback to pass 20-week abortion ban

May 13, 2015 - 06:35 pm .- Two years after abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of committing three first-degree murders at his abortion clinic, the House passed a bill Wednesday that effectively bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Cyprus archbishop, Caritas presidential prospect: caring for creation means putting people first

May 13, 2015 - 05:44 pm .- Maronite Archbishop Joseph Soueif of Cyprus, one of two candidates to be the next president of Caritas International, has said that caring for creation means putting the human being first.

Iraqi Christians have lost everything – except their faith, nun tells Congress

May 13, 2015 - 03:41 pm .- Having lost their homes, their heritage and their sense of dignity, Iraqi Christians victimized by the Islamic State feel abandoned by earthly powers, but their faith in God has only grown, an Iraqi nun told members of Congress May 13.

Vatican and 'State of Palestine' agree to treaty safeguarding religious liberty

May 13, 2015 - 02:13 pm .- The Holy See and the State of Palestine have agreed on the text of a treaty regarding the life and activity of the Church in Palestine, which is expected to be signed soon by both parties.

Christian marriage – it's 'demanding but magnificent,' Pope says

May 13, 2015 - 01:28 pm .- In his audience closing out the Togolese bishops’ ad Limina visit to Rome, Pope Francis on Monday encouraged solid faith formation for the young, especially those preparing for marriage.

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.

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