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Death with dignity: A friend recalls last minutes of John Paul II's life

Apr 27, 2015 - 04:02 am .- A once avid outdoors-man whose final years were marked by disability and suffering, Saint John Paul II witnessed to what it truly means to die with dignity, says a close friend who was with him until the end.

Ireland's defense of marriage leaders speak up for mothers, fathers, children

Apr 26, 2015 - 03:58 pm .- Opponents of a referendum that would recognize “gay marriage” in Ireland face an uphill fight, but one commentator says they can win if people are willing to speak up and focus on the need for children to have a mother and a father.

Armenian genocide beckons for a new start in Turkey, historian says

Apr 24, 2015 - 04:23 pm .- On the day marking 100 years since the systematic killing of over a million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman authorities, a Catholic historian insists that peaceful coexistence is possible today in Turkey.

What happens when beautiful street art meets a Rome ghetto?

Apr 23, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Street artists from 10 countries around the globe gathered in Rome and put their talents to use in creating an outdoor art exhibit designed to place beauty at the center of an impoverished neighborhood.

Spanish film brings story of 'Three Rebel Monks' to life

Apr 23, 2015 - 12:25 am .- A group of young adults in Spain are bringing to the big screen a novel about the renewal of the Cistercian Order by three saints who strove to recover the poverty, simplicity and austerity of the early monastic era.

Rabbi Toaff: Nazi-fighter, inter-religious giant, and one of the few people remembered in JPII's will

Apr 22, 2015 - 12:01 am .- Rabbi Elio Toaff, the first rabbi to welcome a Pope to a Roman synagogue, died Sunday at the age of 99. Pope Francis remembered him with gratitude, praising him as “a man of peace and dialogue.”

Will the US greet first Latino Pope by kicking out Junipero Serra?

Apr 20, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- As the U.S. prepares for Pope Francis' trip later this year, one Vatican official says efforts to remove the statue of Spanish missionary Blessed Junipero Serra from the capital offers a poor welcome for history's first Latin American pontiff.

On 88th birthday, Benedict XVI lauded for emphasis on mercy

Apr 16, 2015 - 11:49 am .- The Vatican official charged with organizing the upcoming Jubilee for Mercy says the topic was the “heart” of Benedict XVI’s pontificate, due to the emphasis he placed on love, which is lived out in mercy.

High-profile Rome exorcist: 'ISIS is Satan'

Apr 15, 2015 - 02:25 am .- In a recent Facebook post, well-known Roman exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth said the Islamic State (ISIS) “is Satan,” also questioning the lack of response from Western nations.

Priest who died on the Titanic could be on path to sainthood

Apr 14, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- When the Titanic began to sink on April 15, 1912, Father Thomas Byles had two opportunities to board a lifeboat. But he forewent those opportunities, according to passengers aboard the sinking ocean liner, in order to hear confessions and offer consolation and prayers with those who were trapped aboard.

A dark, tense history: behind Turkey's protest of the Holy See

Apr 14, 2015 - 12:25 pm .- Pope Francis' comments on the extermination of Armenian Christians in early 20th century Turkey prompted a strongly worded criticism from the Turkish Foreign Ministry and led to the withdrawal of Turkey's ambassador to the Holy See. But what's the full story?

Is there a light in the dark for Turkey's invisible Christians?

Apr 11, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Despite Turkey's claim of religious freedom, Christians there have faced ongoing hostility, including  government oppression and murder – but a new legal status ignites hope that things will improve.

Paris wax museum unveils statue of Pope Francis

Apr 10, 2015 - 04:09 pm .- The directors of the Grévin Wax Museum in Paris presented the first statue of Pope Francis that is now part of its popular collection.

Doctrine divides while justice unites? One author's new take on an old claim

Apr 10, 2015 - 12:04 am .- As the Church prepares to conclude its celebration of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II later this year, one book is taking a hard look at the council's vision of ecumenism in a world where attitudes toward social justice are constantly in flux.

Bomb attack, ISIS invasion can't dampen faith of Iraqi seminarian

Apr 9, 2015 - 12:23 am .- Remi Marzina Momica has seen it all: a victim of a 2010 bus attack and among those forced to leave his home when ISIS invaded last year, he says Iraq’s “shattered” Christians need help.

Britain stands with persecuted Christians, prime minister affirms

Apr 8, 2015 - 12:12 am .- Easter is a perfect time to take note of all that Christianity has done for Great Britain and to support those persecuted for their faith, UK prime minister David Cameron said in his Easter message.

For Bishop Davies, 'British values' come from human dignity, not politicians

Apr 7, 2015 - 02:03 am .- It is more important than ever for the British people to hear about Jesus Christ, who reveals the dignity and identity of every person, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said in his Easter Sunday homily.

For Pope Francis, Good Friday shrouded in grief over persecuted Christians

Apr 3, 2015 - 03:45 pm .- Both Pope Francis' Good Friday service at the Vatican and the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum later in the day zeroed-in on the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.

A Medieval devotion alive and well for a handful of modern Romans

Apr 3, 2015 - 04:51 am .- In the hours after evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, a few pilgrims in Rome make their way to the Church of Saint Praxedes, home to a fragment of stone alleged to be the pillar upon which Jesus was scourged.

In Ukraine, Churches confront fearsome suffering

Apr 2, 2015 - 04:10 pm .- Bishop Bronislaw Bernacki of Odessa-Simferopol was stunned by the Russian annexation of Crimea and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine.

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