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Pope's Philly trip could be a turning point on US marriage front

Nov 26, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- Legal expert Alan Sears said that the push for marriage redefinition in the U.S. has provided a platform for the issue at large and that Pope Francis' visit in 2015 could mark a shift in the contentious debate.

The plight of Christians in Turkey, ahead of Pope Francis' visit

Nov 26, 2014 - 04:43 pm .- Since the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, and especially since the eruption of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Turkey has become the destination—or passage way—for hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of them Christians.

The Pope sides with the Gospel, not political ideologies

Nov 26, 2014 - 12:08 am .- Pope Francis has said he aims to express the social doctrine of the Church, not the views of partisan political philosophies, suggesting it is reductionistic to say otherwise.

Be brothers and sisters for peace, Pope tells Europe

Nov 25, 2014 - 05:05 pm .- Pope Francis said Tuesday that brotherhood and a spirit of mutual service are needed to overcome conflict, telling the Council of Europe that both the continent and Christianity have special roles to play in this work.

The challenge of human rights recognition in Europe

Nov 25, 2014 - 03:31 pm .- While Pope Francis was applauded at the European Parliament on Tuesday at his mention of children “killed even before being born” as among the victims of a “throwaway” culture, the European Court for Human Rights has said regulating the treatment of infants born-alive after late-term abortion is outside its competence.

Will Pope Francis' words foster a new pact for Europe?

Nov 24, 2014 - 05:09 pm .- With elections for European Parliament having taken place in May, an auxiliary bishop of Brussels hopes that Pope Francis' Nov. 25 visit to the body will impact the new members of parliament.

Human dignity at risk in Europe, advocates warn before Pope's speech

Nov 24, 2014 - 11:27 am .- Ahead of Pope Francis’ Nov. 25 address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, pro-life leaders are emphasizing the danger of a mentality that fails to respect life across the continent.

Will Pope Francis' visit to Europe's parliament bolster family issues?

Nov 22, 2014 - 06:03 am .- Awaiting the Pope's visit to Strasbourg next week, an official of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe says she hopes Francis will insist on family issues, as they are crucial to fulfilling Europe's dream of peace.

US cardinal to the undocumented: you can 'come out of the shadows'

Nov 21, 2014 - 10:15 am .- The vice president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has said that charitable immigration reform must address the needs of both legal and illegal immigrants, encouraging the latter to come forward and receive help.  

The life of minorities in Ukraine, one year after protests began

Nov 21, 2014 - 04:01 am .- One year ago, Mustafa Nayyem, a Ukrainian journalist born in Afghanistan,  began Euromaidan from his post on Facebook: "Let us be serious. Who is ready to come to The Independence Square today before midnight? Likes are not considered, only the comment, 'I am ready'.”

What's the biggest threat to Asia? Atheism, this cardinal says

Nov 21, 2014 - 02:02 am .- Hong Kong's retired prelate Cardinal Joseph Zen said that amid decades of communist rule in China, human values are at stake in all of Asia and can only be salvaged by fervidly preaching the gospel.

Few topics are more manipulated than hunger, Pope tells UN

Nov 20, 2014 - 12:49 pm .- Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the excessive consumption and misuse of food, saying that often the statistics surrounding the topic of hunger are twisted for the sake of national security.

Abuse allegations were addressed immediately, Spanish archbishop says

Nov 19, 2014 - 04:11 pm .- The Archdiocese of Granada, Spain, has defended its response to the case of three priests accused of abusing an underage boy over a decade ago, offering solidarity to the alleged victim.    

Poverty, divorce, alcoholism – no shortage of challenges for Church in Belarus

Nov 19, 2014 - 04:08 am .- In Belarus, western Ukraine's neighbor to the north, the Church is doing its best to reach out to the people, even as it faces such challenges as irreligion, poverty, and alcoholism in the former Soviet republic.  

#savealeppo – International movement urges a ceasefire in the Syrian city

Nov 19, 2014 - 02:01 am .- As the battle over Syria's largest city has raged for more than two years, the Community of Sant'Egidio on Tuesday launched a campaign for international solidarity to promote a truce in the historic metropolis.

Pope's visit to Philly will be 'icing on the cake' for family meeting

Nov 17, 2014 - 04:43 pm .- After Pope Francis officially confirmed that he will visit Philadelphia next fall for the World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said the trip will be a blessing for the event and the world.  

'The right to forget': sins are left behind in the confessional

Nov 17, 2014 - 10:47 am .- Speaking about the “right to forget” sins after confessing them, a Vatican official stressed that God’s mercy truly frees us from our past sins if we truly repent of them.

Domestic violence increasingly on the Vatican's radar

Nov 13, 2014 - 02:01 am .- A Catholic psychologist who recently met with the Pontifical Council for the Laity says violence between partners is still a massive problem globally – and it's gaining more attention from the Vatican.

Priest swaps clerical hats with a 'sharp, healthy' Benedict XVI

Nov 12, 2014 - 11:49 am .- A priest who met and exchanged zucchettos with retired pontiff Benedict XVI last week marveled at the former pope's joy, mental clarity and good health.

UK pro-lifers throw rare legal punch against sex-selective abortion

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:40 am .- Claiming that the government has turned a blind eye to sex-selective abortions, British pro-life activists are launching a rare private prosecution against two doctors accused of promoting the illegal practice.

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