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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.

In Tulsa's diocese, no one is turned away from end-of-life care

Mar 21, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- The latest initiative of the Tulsa, Oklahoma diocese is not only offering practical care for the region's homeless and under-privileged communities – it's bringing a message of hope in the face of death.

Meet the 'Mother Teresa' of 14th century Rome

Mar 20, 2016 - 04:02 am .- Although she's not as well known outside of Rome, Saint Francesca Romana has been lauded as a woman whose charity and service to the poor rival those of the modern-day, soon-to-be saint Mother Teresa.

These seminarians are being ordained – in a refugee camp

Mar 18, 2016 - 03:00 pm .- After their seminary in Qaraqosh was dissolved following a brutal ISIS attack in 2014, four Iraqi seminarians chose not to give up after being forced to flee, but to continue their path to the priesthood.

How can you tell if someone is demon-possessed?

Mar 17, 2016 - 06:01 am .- Recognizing the difference between a person who's possessed and a person struggling with a mental illness or other infirmity is a vital part of the ministry of exorcism, according to a long-time exorcist and priest.

Caritas Spain is helping more than 2,000 women leave prostitution

Mar 17, 2016 - 12:30 am .- According to a recent report from Caritas Spain, more than 2,200 women are receiving help in exiting prostitution thanks to the group’s concentrated efforts in fighting human trafficking and supporting immigrants.

Fight in Italy over saint's jewels 'completely misleading'

Mar 13, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- Reports that the valuable treasure of St. Januarius will be placed in the hands of the Vatican rather than the city of Naples are inaccurate, says a monsignor who oversees the assets.

What's it like to go to confession with Pope Francis?

Mar 13, 2016 - 04:02 am .- Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to confession with Pope Francis?

A year after riots, Baltimore leaders unite for Rome pilgrimage

Mar 10, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Nearly a year after violent riots erupted in West Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, religious leaders from across the city have banded together for a pilgrimage to Rome which they hope will help them to build bridges in their community.

Here are the faces of the nuns who were martyred in Yemen

Mar 8, 2016 - 01:27 pm .- Sister Anslem, Sister Reginette, Sister Judith, Sister Marguerite, and were serving as caretakers at the Missionaries of Charity's convent and nursing home in Aden, Yemen.

There's no question – the Missionaries of Charity in Yemen 'died as martyrs'

Mar 6, 2016 - 11:03 am .- After a recent attack at a Missionaries of Charity convent in Yemen claimed the lives of four of the sisters there, the bishop overseeing the area said he has no doubt they died as martyrs.

Cardinal Pell shares emotional meeting with abuse survivors

Mar 3, 2016 - 09:01 pm .- Cardinal George Pell and a dozen survivors of clerical sex abuse met in Rome on Thursday, where they shared an emotional encounter and drafted a joint statement committing to work toward peace and healing.

Cardinal Müller: Can't receive Communion? You can still participate in Church's life

Mar 3, 2016 - 04:30 pm .- A focus on the reception of Holy Communion by the divorced-and-remarried misses the larger point of pastoral care: participation in the Church's whole life, Cardinal Gerhard Müller said in an interview on Tuesday.

As abuse hearing ends, Cardinal Pell says he 'should have done more'

Mar 3, 2016 - 10:13 am .- Speaking to an Australian committee investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell has expressed his regret for failing to take more action against abusive priests in the 1970s and '80s.

Rome's US seminary welcomes new rector

Feb 29, 2016 - 11:13 am .- The Pontifical North American College (NAC) on Sunday officially installed its new rector, Fr. Peter Harman.  

Hope for Mexico: one bishop's reflection on the papal visit

Feb 27, 2016 - 04:09 pm .- For Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, Pope Francis had a simple message to tell the people of Mexico: “you are not forgotten.”

What Archbishop Shevchuk saw in the meeting of the Pope and Patriarch Kirill

Feb 24, 2016 - 06:01 am .- What’s next for ecumenism? After the recent meeting between Pope Francis and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church has emphasized that “the first thing is to free religion from politics.”

There's no question – reporting abuse is a must, Cardinal O'Malley says

Feb 16, 2016 - 09:45 am .- After recent media reports suggested the Vatican is telling bishops to cover up sexual abuse, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has said that reporting abuse is not just a civil responsibility, but a moral one.

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