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Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli: a talented preacher and soon-to-be cardinal

Feb 6, 2015 - 12:04 am .- When he learned in January Pope Francis would make him a cardinal, Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli of Ancona-Osimo did not want to comment. He had turned 75 in October, presenting his resignation to the Pope.

Political instability, war, and terrorism know no borders – Vatican official

Feb 4, 2015 - 11:40 am .- As the Vatican's Secretary of State addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean on Monday regarding the shared challenge of migration, Italy's Red Cross announced it is awarding the people of Lampedusa for their commitment to welcoming African emigrants.

Embryos with three parents? The risks are yet to come, critics warn

Feb 4, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Despite warnings from religious leaders and scientists, British lawmakers have voted to allow a version of in-vitro fertilization that uses the DNA of three different people to conceive a baby.

Could Italy's new president turn the spotlight on Catholic social teaching?

Feb 2, 2015 - 09:51 pm .- Saturday's election of Sergio Mattarella as Italy's president is an affirmation of the social commitment of Catholics in public policy, according Fr. Bartolomeo Sorge, S.J., who has long been close to Mattarella.

Church in Italy fights against imposition of gender ideology in schools

Jan 31, 2015 - 06:08 am .- The general secretary of the Italian bishops conference stressed on Friday that the attempt to introduce textbooks into the nation's schools that present gender theory as a fact are an effort to turn biological data upside down.

Woman bishop challenges future of Anglican-Catholic dialogue

Jan 30, 2015 - 03:04 pm .- While the consecration of the Church of England's first woman bishop presents significant challenges in bringing Catholics and Anglicans into “closer communion,” ecumenical leaders say the door to dialogue remains open.

Will the number of dioceses in Italy be cut in the near future?

Jan 28, 2015 - 12:03 am .- A plan to reduce the number of Italian dioceses has been widely debated in the Italian bishops conference, and a first draft of the plan has reportedly already been given to the Congregation for Bishops and has undergone some adjustments.

Blessed Odoardo Focherini, the father of seven who saved 100 Jewish lives

Jan 27, 2015 - 05:01 pm .- As Pope Francis tweeted Jan. 27 to observe the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, it is worth remembering Bl. Odoardo Focherini, who died a martyr to rescue Jews from Nazi persecution.

Beatification cause opened for founder of Focolare movement

Jan 24, 2015 - 07:48 am .- Bishop Rafaello Martinelli of Frascati, Italy, has announced that the beatification cause will be opened for the founder of the Focolare movement, Chiara Lubich.

Ahead of Synod, UK Catholics to venerate relics of St Therese's parents

Jan 16, 2015 - 05:06 pm .- Catholics in the Diocese of Portsmouth will have an invaluable opportunity this May to venerate the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux’s parents, a saintly married couple, ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family.

Scottish archbishop credits God's grace for healing process in diocese

Jan 13, 2015 - 05:18 pm .- Following the 2013 resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien as Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, his successor acknowledges the healing process for the diocese is continuing by God’s grace, but will take time.

For refugees, Spanish bishops propose 'a Church without borders'

Jan 13, 2015 - 02:03 pm .- The Spanish bishops have released a message for their nation's Day of the Immigrant and Refugee, which will be held Jan. 18, entitled "A Church without borders, a Mother for all."

How a crucifix restoration in Rome offers hope to the poor

Jan 11, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- After receiving inspiration from an aged crucifix, Cardinal James Stafford commissioned it to be restored as a sign of compassion for Rome’s suffering poor and unemployed population.

For Sri Lanka, Pope's visit solidifies peace after brutal civil war

Jan 9, 2015 - 04:04 pm .- Falling just five years after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Pope Francis’ visit to the country is seen as a sign of reconciliation, a message expected to be shown through his gestures more than his words.

Haitian amputees lace-up soccer cleats on Roman sports field

Jan 9, 2015 - 04:29 am .- Five years after the island of Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake, three young amputees will have the opportunity to play soccer in Rome through the help of the Knights of Columbus.

Free braille Bibles help the blind poor around the world

Jan 8, 2015 - 02:00 pm .- Close your eyes. Now try to go about your regular life without your vision. What challenges would you face at work? What about in your personal life? What about in your relationship with God?

Vatican astronomers unlock the mysteries of the universe…sort of

Jan 8, 2015 - 04:03 am .- Vatican astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno was 30 years old and just starting his career as an astronomer when he faced a personal crisis.

French imams: Muslims must condemn 'barbaric' attack on newspaper

Jan 7, 2015 - 02:29 pm .- Two French imams visiting the Vatican have called on Muslims to respond to the deadly attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo by rising up to express their disgust at the criminals who have “hijacked” their religion.

Vatican condemns 'horrible attack' on French newspaper

Jan 7, 2015 - 12:32 pm .- Pope Francis has voiced his “strongest condemnation” of the “horrible attack” on a French satirical newspaper that published insulting cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed, and he urged opposition to all hatred and violence.

Official song for World Youth Day 2016 debuted in Krakow

Jan 7, 2015 - 11:28 am .- The official song for World Youth Day Krakow 2016, inspired by the theme “Blessed are the merciful,” was premiered in the Polish capital on Tuesday.

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