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Pope's encyclical forges unusual allies in fight for the environment

Jul 2, 2015 - 11:48 am .- The Vatican recently added the voice of self-described “secular Jewish feminist” Naomi Klein to their discussion on the climate, signaling a wider collaboration in the push for environmental protection.

Pontifical university plans to offer diploma in child protection by 2016

Jul 2, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Beginning in the spring of 2016, Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University will begin offering an intensive one-semester diploma program on the safeguarding of minors and the prevention of sex abuse by clergy.

Why choose celibacy? A gay Catholic speaks out

Jul 1, 2015 - 04:03 am .- More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching.

Meet Father Salvatore, the young priest whose life moved the Pope

Jul 1, 2015 - 12:02 am .- The life of Father Salvatore Mellone, who died on Monday, was moving to thousands of people. He was to have at least two more years of seminary when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but by special permission and the blessing of Pope Francis, he was ordained nevertheless.

What does it look like to be gay – and a practicing Catholic?

Jun 30, 2015 - 04:02 am .- More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching.

CDF reportedly judges Medjugorje apparitions false, but permits pilgrimage

Jun 25, 2015 - 12:13 pm .- If reports in Italian media outlets are to be believed, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met June 24 to discuss the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, reaching the conclusion that they are inauthentic, but recognizing the site as a place of prayer.

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.

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.

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.

Summorum Pontificum Conference celebrates Benedict XVI's liturgical legacy

Jun 19, 2015 - 07:07 am .- The fourth annual Summorum Pontificum Conference was held last Saturday in Rome to promote the understanding and use of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, and to discuss the liturgical heritage of Benedict XVI.

A warning for Europe: court ruling undermines right to life guarantees for comatose

Jun 9, 2015 - 11:37 am .- The European Court of Human Rights’ recent decision to allow the removal of a comatose French man’s intravenous feeding tube could have far-reaching consequences, one legal observer has said.

Polish, Eastern Catholic bishops stand firm on pastoral care for families

Jun 9, 2015 - 06:01 am .- During recent meetings which were held separately, both the Polish bishops and the Eastern Catholic bishops from Europe have discussed the family in view of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and are likely to uphold Catholic pastoral care for families.

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