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Do not cage the Holy Spirit, Pope tells massive Rome gathering

Jun 2, 2014 - 04:35 pm .- On Sunday afternoon Pope Francis told throngs of Charismatic Catholics to not obstruct the work of the Holy Spirit in evangelizing, but make the adoration of God the “foundation of renewal.”

Liberation theology 'archaic', says prominent Mexican bishop

Jun 2, 2014 - 12:21 pm .- While in Rome last week, the president of the Latin American Bishops’ Council said at a news conference that the Church in the region has fortunately moved beyond liberation theology.

Remember suffering Syrians, CRS leader implores

Jun 1, 2014 - 04:06 pm .- As agencies meet at the Vatican to discuss the Syria crisis, the head of Catholic Relief Services said that the Church cannot forget those who suffer and must advocate for peace as well as provide aid.

Freiburg archdiocese given new bishop, from among its priests

May 31, 2014 - 08:17 am .- Father Stephan Burger, a priest of the Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, was appointed archbishop of the same local Church, vacant since September, by Pope Francis on Friday.

Abducted Catholic priest released in Ukraine amid unrest

May 30, 2014 - 12:32 pm .- In the midst of ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine, a Roman Catholic priest from Poland who was kidnapped May 27 by separatists in the city of Donetsk has been released.

European Commission rejects pro-life citizens’ initiative

May 28, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- The European Commission has rejected the pro-life citizens’ initiative “One of Us,” which sought to ban E.U. funding for research and other activities that destroy human embryos.

Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods

May 28, 2014 - 12:38 am .- Amid the “inconceivable amount of devastation” caused by floods in Bosnia-Herzegovina, people are crossing ethnic and religious lines to help those affected.

Austrian couple excommunicated for simulating Mass

May 23, 2014 - 04:31 pm .- An Austrian bishop has announced that a married couple, including a leader with a dissenting Catholic organization, have excommunicated themselves for simulating a celebration of a Mass.

Holy See did not violate torture convention, UN committee says

May 23, 2014 - 01:47 pm .- A U.N. anti-torture committee report has said that the Holy See did not violate the international Convention Against Torture.

Vatican newspaper gives voice to women in the Church

May 22, 2014 - 02:02 am .- The co-founder of a monthly insert on women's issues in the Vatican newspaper says its pages offer a valuable platform for female perspectives in the Church.

Archbishop: Europe’s governments ignore attacks on Christians

May 22, 2014 - 12:02 am .- European governments and politicians have failed to properly address increasing attacks on Christians, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein said during a talk at a pilgrimage in Switzerland on Sunday.

Lasallian Brothers elect American superior general

May 21, 2014 - 04:18 pm .- The French-founded Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools have elected Brother Robert Schieler, an American with extensive education experience, as their new superior general.

Pope names bishop for England's Hallam diocese

May 20, 2014 - 06:01 pm .- Pope Francis on May 20 appointed Bishop Ralph Heskett of Gibraltar to become the next Bishop of Hallam in England’s South Yorkshire county.

Anti-human trafficking effort launched ahead of World Cup

May 20, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- The U.S. embassy to the Holy See has partnered with women religious in a new anti-human trafficking campaign being launched ahead of July's World Cup in Brazil.  

Rabbi relates roots of Pope’s Holy Land visit in their friendship

May 20, 2014 - 02:03 am .- Abraham Skorka, an Argentine rabbi who has long been a friend of Pope Francis, has told a Jesuit magazine of the background of their upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land, which will occur May 24-26.

Italian bishop's abortion clinic remark draws criticism

May 16, 2014 - 02:04 am .- An Italian bishop's comment that appeared to denigrate pro-life advocates who pray at abortion clinics drew criticism from a pro-life leader in the U.K., who said their witness helps save lives.

Focolare movement still working for goal of a united world, leader says

May 16, 2014 - 12:08 am .- Ecclesial movements’ work to promote peace should be “an effort to witness” that it is possible, according to Maria Voce, president of the Focolare movement.

Russian prison chaplain witnesses stories of conversion, hope

May 15, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Despite its challenges, prison ministry in the Russian Federation is an important apostolate, changing lives and leading to conversions, a local Orthodox priest recounted to a Catholic charity.

Vocation is 'never static,' reflects newly appointed Irish bishop

May 14, 2014 - 12:05 pm .- Father Kevin Doran, whom Pope Francis appointed Bishop of Elphin, Ireland, on May 14 has emphasized that one’s personal vocation must be discerned daily, in faithfulness to God who calls us.

Animated video on John Paul II aims to evangelize youth

May 14, 2014 - 11:02 am .- In honor of the canonization of St. John Paul II, audiovisual resource page Catholic Link has created an animated video detailing the profound spiritual life of the saint with the hope of reaching youth.

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July 23, 2014

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