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Was Shakespeare a secret Catholic?

Apr 23, 2016 - 04:02 am .- April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the playwright, poet, and actor widely considered to be the most influential literary figure in the English language.

UK should act against IS genocide after parliament vote, bishop urges

Apr 22, 2016 - 06:01 am .- As the British government considers measures to name the Islamic State’s persecution of Christians and other religious minorities as genocide, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has urged the British Parliament to “stand with other governments and international bodies.”

Medicine, education, solidarity: how HIV-infected children can have a future

Apr 20, 2016 - 06:01 am .- The goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat is achievable if attention is focused on children infected with HIV, participants in a recent conference held by Caritas International emphasized.

Trevi Fountain in Rome to be dyed red for Christian martyrs

Apr 20, 2016 - 03:19 am .- On April 29, the Trevi Fountain, one of the most popular and emblematic tourist spots in Rome, will be dyed red in recognition of all Christians who even today give their life for the faith. 

Poland's Christian heritage a 'strong foundation for the future'

Apr 19, 2016 - 12:02 am .- The power of Poland’s “invincible national spirit” and resilience to countless foreign invaders lies not with her government or military, but rather in the nation’s Christian identity, its president said on Friday.

Check out this Eucharistic miracle in Poland

Apr 18, 2016 - 02:59 pm .- A bleeding Host that “has the hallmarks of a Eucharistic miracle” was approved for veneration in Poland over the weekend.

Pray and act to help refugees – what Pope Francis and Orthodox leaders said at Lesbos

Apr 17, 2016 - 05:13 pm .- Forced migration affects millions of people and is “a crisis of humanity.” That is what Pope Francis and two leading Greek Orthodox churchmen have said in a joint declaration signed on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Founder of Neocatechumenal Way thanks Pope for Amoris Laetitia

Apr 15, 2016 - 07:44 pm .- Kiko Argüello, the founder and global head of the Neocatechumenal Way, expressed his support for Pope Francis for his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, with a short analysis of its contents.

Pope Francis' visit to Greece shows a shared Christian concern for refugees

Apr 15, 2016 - 03:04 pm .- Pope Francis’ visit on Saturday with refugees in Greece will show solidarity with those in need and demonstrate a shared Christian commitment to helping them, according to the Vatican spokesman.

Could Pope Francis' visit to Greece be a game-changer for refugees?

Apr 15, 2016 - 03:00 am .- Pope Francis’ visit with refugees and migrants in Greece this Saturday could be a moment of leadership at a time when political concerns overshadow the world’s attention, said a relief agency leader in the country.  

Will Pope Francis mend ties with the SSPX?

Apr 14, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, has reportedly discussed several positive aspects of his meeting with Pope Francis at the beginning of the month.

Sweden can't send Christian convert back to Iran

Apr 9, 2016 - 03:52 pm .- Religious liberty advocates applauded a European court’s ruling in favor of asylum for an individual fleeing life-threatening anti-conversion laws in Iran, on the grounds that his security must be taken into account.

How a sketchbook led one Chinese woman to the Catholic faith

Apr 6, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Yan Xu is an artist from the central China city of Wuhan. What she drew one day would change her life.

Jeremy Irons says he opposes abortion, easy divorce

Mar 30, 2016 - 04:37 pm .- In a recent interview with British daily The Guardian, renowned actor Jeremy Irons voiced his opposition to easy divorce and to abortion, which he said is a sin and “harms a woman.”

Survivor of Brussels terror attack writes letter of hope to unborn baby

Mar 29, 2016 - 12:47 am .- “...I just want to tell you that life is a wonderful thing, and the world is really full of remarkable people.”

Italy's 'bleeding thorn' marks the coincidence of Good Friday, Annunciation

Mar 25, 2016 - 06:38 pm .- A single thorn held to have been taken from Christ's crown of thorns that traditionally 'bleeds' each time that Good Friday falls on March 25, has done so again this year.

Pope's Way of the Cross remembers migrants, persecuted Christians

Mar 25, 2016 - 05:54 pm .- Following the yearly Good Friday tradition set by his predecessors, Pope Francis presided over the Stations of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum, where such issues as migration and the persecution of Christians were remembered.

An emotional Mass for migrants with Pope Francis

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:50 am .- During a Mass in Rome on Holy Thursday Pope Francis washed the feet of migrants and refugees, many of whom were moved to tears by the gesture.

'Good Friday came early' – Catholic bishops mourn Brussels attacks

Mar 22, 2016 - 02:06 pm .- The Holy Week terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday led the city's bishops to mourn and reflect on the deadly crimes in light of Jesus Christ's Passion.

Divine Mercy meets World Youth Day this summer in Poland

Mar 22, 2016 - 03:08 am .- Krakow’s role in the Divine Mercy devotion could mean great things for World Youth Day this year, said the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.

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