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Funeral for Germanwings crash victims held in Barcelona

May 3, 2015 - 04:17 am .- Barcelona’s famous Sagrada Familia Basilica hosted a funeral for the 150 passengers of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps in March.

A crisis in the German church? Synod questionnaire would suggest so

May 2, 2015 - 05:44 pm .- The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October's Synod on the Family. The results from Germany indicate that most Catholics there hope for an openness to divorce and remarriage, as well as homosexual acts.

Pope Francis celebrates Junipero Serra – a 'founding father' of the US

May 2, 2015 - 09:41 am .- Pope Francis marked a “day of reflection” for the soon-to-be canonized Junípero Serra by celebrating Mass at the Pontifical North American College, lauding the 18th century missionary who worked to defend the native people against the abuses of colonialism.

'I find God in suffering': The gripping life and death of Kayla Mueller

May 1, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Kayla Mueller, the young human rights activist who was killed earlier this year while being held hostage by ISIS, was a woman of faith with a heart full of compassion toward those who suffered, her parents say. Now, they intend to carry on her legacy of service to others.

Pope Francis planning to visit Fatima in 2017, local bishop announces

Apr 30, 2015 - 11:48 am .- In 2017, Pope Francis plans to travel to Fatima, said Bishop António Augusto dos Santos Marto of Leiria-Fátima in a statement after meeting with the Holy Father.

Beauty will save the world – Gaudi's basilica inspires conversions

Apr 30, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Though the renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi died nearly 90 years ago and his best-known work remains under construction, the beauty of the Sagrada Familia basilica continues to draw people to Christ.

Pope's encyclical could have huge weigh-in on climate change talks

Apr 29, 2015 - 12:02 pm .- With experts and global leaders looking to Pope Francis as a moral compass, his upcoming encyclical on the environment could set a key ethical framework for discussion and policies surrounding the topic.

No to nuclear weapons, yes to nuclear technology – the Holy See's stance

Apr 28, 2015 - 04:02 am .- In an effort to abolish the production of nuclear weapons worldwide, the Holy See is pushing an agreement – with a deadline – between nations, which zeros-in on the use of nuclear energy for positive social development.

Huff Post editor: 'Why doesn't the Left advocate for persecuted Christians?'

Apr 28, 2015 - 12:08 am .- Lucia Annunziata, a journalist who directs and edits the Italian edition of The Huffington Post, has accused the political left in Western nations of remaining silent before ongoing massacres of Christians, which she called the “most horrible of the crimes perpetrated against the weakest.”

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?

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