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London Catholic school believes government order threatens its identity

Mar 26, 2015 - 04:29 pm .- A prestigious Catholic school in London fears that altering its admissions criteria – as it was ordered to do by an English government agency following a complaint from the British Humanist Association – will damage its Christian identity.

Catholics in England gather to pray for Richard III, one of their own

Mar 25, 2015 - 02:25 pm .- In preparation for the reinterment of the remains of Richard III, a 15th century English king whose body was only recently rediscovered, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has offered Compline and a Requiem Mass for the late monarch.

New bishop in England looks forward to proclaiming Christ 'with God's help'

Mar 25, 2015 - 02:03 am .- On Saturday, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Richard Moth of the British military diocese as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, where he looks forward to serving the Church and sharing the Gospel.

Vatican offers solidarity for victims of Alps plane crash

Mar 24, 2015 - 01:38 pm .- After a Germanwings Airbus carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps, the Holy See has assured the Pope's prayers for the departed and has offered solidarity with the victims’ families.

German prelate breaks rank with Cardinal Marx, insists on fidelity to Rome

Mar 24, 2015 - 02:32 am .- A German cardinal has publicly opposed the words of two other German bishops who have suggested that the nation’s Church can form its own policies without direction from Rome.

A new hope: the Church of Naples after Pope Francis' visit

Mar 24, 2015 - 12:08 am .- Pope Francis’ visit to Naples on Saturday fostered the commitment of the local Church to combat corruption and to continue work on the ground that has already born much fruits in the city's peripheries, according to an official.

Saint's relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis

Mar 21, 2015 - 01:24 pm .- While Pope Francis was giving some advice to the religious, priests and seminarians of Naples on Saturday, a miracle occurred: a vial of dried blood from a fourth century saint liquefied.

Nuns watching soap operas and the 'terrorism' of gossip: Pope Francis and Naples' religious

Mar 21, 2015 - 12:30 pm .- In a wide-ranging, off-the-cuff speech to priests and religious in Naples, Pope Francis addressed various challenges of consecrated life, emphasizing above all the importance of poverty and resisting gossip.

Prison bars aren't stronger than God's love, Pope says to inmates

Mar 21, 2015 - 08:00 am .- During his one-day trip to Naples, Pope Francis made a stop at the local prison where he reminded inmates that God is rich in mercy and that nothing – even incarceration – can keep them from his love.

A feisty Pope Francis slams corruption, unemployment in Naples

Mar 21, 2015 - 05:39 am .- Addressing the crowds in Naples' notorious outskirts of Scampia, Pope Francis gave a verbal slap to corrupt leaders who exploit local laborers, charging that they “cannot claim to be Christian.”

'It's time to surrender,' Pope tells crime-ridden Naples

Mar 21, 2015 - 05:10 am .- Pope Francis told the people of Naples – a city ravaged by crime and mafia violence – that change is possible, and encouraged those involved in organized crime to convert and work toward a better future.

An 11,000-mile pilgrimage to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Mar 20, 2015 - 04:11 am .- How far would you travel to see the Pope? For one family in Argentina, seven months and 11,000 miles is a small price to pay for the chance to celebrate the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis in September.

Dante's biggest fans? The 'poet of popes' and his legacy at the Vatican

Mar 20, 2015 - 02:06 am .- With this year marking the 750th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s birth, the Vatican is taking a closer look the author of the Italian masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, and his impact upon the popes of the 20th century.

Children of gay and lesbian parents write letter of support to Dolce, Gabbana

Mar 19, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The designers behind luxury Italian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana triggered a barrage of controversy after expressing support for traditional marriage and families last weekend in an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama.

Vatican analyst explores 'The Francis Miracle' in new book

Mar 17, 2015 - 02:28 am .- Pope Francis is the subject of a new book by noted Vatican analyst and author John Allen, Jr. From the Pope’s Argentinian roots to his journey to the papacy and view to the future, “The Francis Miracle” seeks to offer a definitive resource on the Roman Pontiff and the legacy he will leave behind. CNA spoke with Allen about “The Francis Miracle,” which is available this month from TIME Books. The text of the interview is below.

'Family is not a fad': Dolce & Gabbana spark firestorm in backing traditional marriage

Mar 16, 2015 - 07:11 am .- Creators of the luxury Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana sparked global controversy over the weekend after coming out in defense of marriage, saying that children have the right to a mother and a father.

Here's what the Church in Pompei is doing about the mafia

Mar 15, 2015 - 03:51 pm .- Archbishop Tommaso Caputo of Pompei said that his diocese has welcomed the Pope’s recent condemnation of organized crime and has several initiatives in place to help affected families.  

Power of prayer: Contemplative cloisters coming to Crimea?

Mar 14, 2015 - 04:57 pm .- It’s been one year since fighting broke out in Ukraine. The death toll has surpassed 6,000. Almost 1 million people have been displaced. And a February ceasefire agreement with Russia has created only a tenuous halt in hostilities, leaving the future uncertain.

Holy See's hospital works to help inmates re-enter society

Mar 14, 2015 - 06:59 am .- On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for inmates at the Rebibbia New Complex Prison in the suburbs of Rome. But the Vatican’s concern for those at the prison does not stop there.

Journalist blasted for lying in confessional, recording priests' answers

Mar 13, 2015 - 04:01 am .- The confessional is one of the most private and privileged places in the world. So when an Italian journalist violated the bond of trust between penitent and priest, the Archbishop of Bologna decried her “grave lack of respect” for all Catholics.

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