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The relics of St Therese, and her parents, will be displayed throughout the synod

Oct 3, 2015 - 01:05 pm .- Glass cases with the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be displayed in Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome for the entirety of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 4-25.

Gay Catholics tell synod to promote chastity – for everyone

Oct 3, 2015 - 04:04 am .- Same-sex attracted Catholics who have turned away from a homosexual lifestyle are urging participants at the upcoming Synod on the Family to defend the Church's teaching on chastity for everyone – including for divorced and remarried.

Ahead of the synod, LGBT activists lobby bishops. Here's what they want.

Oct 2, 2015 - 03:08 pm .- As the Synod on the Family approaches, a well-funded LGBT activist coalition is lobbying bishops to revive controversial language from the debates of the 2014 extraordinary synod.

This event hopes to bring the voice of chaste, gay Catholics to the Synod

Oct 1, 2015 - 06:22 am .- An upcoming international conference in Rome is hoping to give a face to those with same-sex attrac-tion living in accord with the Church's teaching on homosexuality – and to help make their voice heard at the Synod on the Family.

Catalan bishops: Church can't make specific proposals on independence from Spain

Sep 29, 2015 - 06:02 am .- The Catalan regional bishops conference last Tuesday issued a statement ahead of Sunday's regional election – widely seen as an informal referendum on independence – saying the Church will not propose specifics, but can agree with positions that have “moral legitimacy.”

After assisted suicide bill fails, English bishops urge greater care for the dying

Sep 11, 2015 - 04:00 pm .- A measure that would have legalized assisted suicide in England and Wales failed in the British Parliament Friday by a vote of 330-118, much to the relief of both Catholic and Anglican leaders in the nation.

Queen Elizabeth II's remarkable reign – and what her faith has to do with it

Sep 9, 2015 - 03:20 pm .- She has met the Beatles. She speaks fluent French. She has survived 12 U.S. Presidents and she even has a Facebook page. She served in WWII, driving a truck for the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service where she was known to change a flat tire or two.

Families take in refugees as Pope calls on Europe's churches to open their doors

Sep 7, 2015 - 03:25 pm .- With many European families already opening their homes to refugees, the current head of the Jesuit's refugee agency says Pope Francis' appeal for parishes to open their doors offers a practical way of combating what is otherwise an overwhelming crisis.

Papal pop-by at Roman eyewear shop draws an enthusiastic crowd

Sep 3, 2015 - 03:49 pm .- Even the most ho-hum errands become extraordinary if it’s the Pope who’s running them.

What is the devil's favorite sin? An exorcist responds

Aug 25, 2015 - 03:17 am .- Is an exorcist afraid?  What is the devil’s favorite sin? These and other questions were tackled in a recent interview with the Dominican priest, Father Juan José Gallego, an exorcist from the Archdiocese of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain.

Rome angered over 'Godfather' themed funeral for alleged mob boss

Aug 22, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- An outlandish funeral for an alleged Italian mob boss, complete with a horse-drawn carriage, flower petals strewn from a helicopter and a brass band playing theme music from the movie “The Godfather” was slammed by Rome’s politicians Thursday as an intolerable display of impunity.

Greece tour brings Saint Paul's ministry to life for priests

Aug 18, 2015 - 12:02 am .- A two-week trip to Greece will let priests in Rome follow in the steps of St. Paul: all the way from his conversion in Philippi, to his preaching in Corinth and finally his overnight stop in Crete as a prisoner.

In UK, assisted suicide vote looms as a key moment for disabled

Aug 14, 2015 - 04:44 pm .- Amid strong Christian opposition to the legalization of assisted suicide in the U.K., former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has broken away. He took part in a video for a group backing assisted suicide and claims that it is “profoundly Christian” to help people end their lives.

US embassy to the Holy See begins move to new location

Aug 11, 2015 - 05:12 pm .- This week the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has begun its move to a new building – which shares the same campus as both the U.S. Embassy to Italy and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

Greece in crisis – and what Catholics are doing to help

Aug 6, 2015 - 04:02 am .- As Greece's financial and political situation reaches a fever pitch in complexity, Caritas has stepped up and is offering help to the growing number of poor and migrants inhabiting the country.

This 100-year-old priest still has a very important task: fighting Satan

Aug 5, 2015 - 02:01 pm .- On August 1, the oldest priest in the Diocese of Malaga, Spain turned 100 years old. After a century of life, Father Francisco Acevedo says he still has important work to do.

Meet Saint Nektarios – a philosopher, poet and miracle worker

Aug 5, 2015 - 04:01 am .- Buried in a hilltop monastery on a small Greek island, Saint Nektarios – one of the most widely known and venerated Greek Orthodox saints – draws thousands of pilgrims each year, and is known for his writings and miracles.

How one skeptical scientist came to believe the Shroud of Turin

Aug 4, 2015 - 04:01 am .- The Shroud of Turin has different meanings for many people: some see it as an object of veneration, others a forgery, still others a medieval curiosity. For one Jewish scientist, however, the evidence has led him to see it as a meeting point between science and faith.

Help from above: Priest in a helicopter exorcises Italian town

Jul 31, 2015 - 02:02 pm .- A priest has performed an aerial exorcism of the Italian seaside town of Castellammare di Stabia in response to a spree of church-targeted thefts and vandalism in the area.

Could 'British values' push jeopardize Catholic education in the UK?

Jul 30, 2015 - 03:02 am .- Some Catholics in Great Britain are concerned the push for “British values” in schools, meant to counter Islamist extremism, could harm sincere religious believers and burden Catholic schools, rather than advance human dignity.

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