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Want more religious vocations? Improve your family life, nun says

May 18, 2015 - 02:51 pm .- As the Church brings the needs of the family to the forefront with the upcoming Synod this fall, one Dominican sister says it is no surprise that Pope Francis should also dedicate this year to the consecrated life.

At Lourdes shrine, 'wounded warriors' can pray for peace and healing

May 17, 2015 - 04:00 pm .- Military service members’ annual pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Lourdes can be a time of healing and peace, especially during the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the head of the U.S. Archdiocese for Military Services has said.

They lived Christianity: Italy's saints of social action

May 15, 2015 - 04:25 pm .- Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Turin is an opportunity to reflect on the outstanding group of saints whose lives embodied Catholic social teaching in 19th century Turin, when the Piedmont region underwent an industrial revolution and secularizing trends amid struggles to build a unified Italian state.

Mindful of God's mercy, pastor accepts new role as Bishop of Nottingham

May 15, 2015 - 02:02 am .- On the news of his being appointed the Bishop of Nottingham by Pope Francis, Monsignor Patrick McKinney said that in his nearly four decades as a priest he has been conscious of God’s great mercy in his life.

Cyprus archbishop, Caritas presidential prospect: caring for creation means putting people first

May 13, 2015 - 05:44 pm .- Maronite Archbishop Joseph Soueif of Cyprus, one of two candidates to be the next president of Caritas International, has said that caring for creation means putting the human being first.

For Cardinal Mamberti, dialogue with Muslims is a must

May 13, 2015 - 06:22 am .- Among all the difficult situations in the world, the Middle East situation – including the plight of the region’s Christians – is one of the most compelling, says a former top Vatican diplomat who adds that dialogue with Islam must be fostered.

German bishops change labor laws to allow divorced and remarried, gay civil unions

May 12, 2015 - 08:18 pm .- Last week, the German bishops’ conference announced it is changing its labor laws such that contracting a civil marriage after divorce or entering a same-sex civil union cannot result in termination of employment except in “exceptional cases.”

March for Life in Rome draws 40,000 participants

May 10, 2015 - 04:01 pm .- One of tens of thousands of people to take to the streets of Rome for this year's March for Life, Mary Rathke is living proof that those conceived in rape deserve life, and not abortion.

From Europe’s Christians, a call for a vision of freedom with and for others

May 10, 2015 - 06:08 am .- True freedom rejects mere consumption and satisfaction and embraces a duty to rescue the migrant, to save women from violence, and to help young people struggling to work and care for their families. In short, freedom includes responsibility towards God and neighbor, Europe’s Christian leaders have said.

Rome prepares for Holy Year of Mercy – with ice cream

May 7, 2015 - 06:05 am .- Pilgrims and tourists strolling down the streets of Rome in the coming months may come across an unexpected treat – a special “Jubilee of Mercy Ice Cream,” created in honor of the upcoming Holy Year.

Ahead of Ireland's marriage referendum, Dublin archbishop looks to Pope Francis

May 7, 2015 - 03:01 am .- Both Pope Francis’ clear affirmation of marriage as a union of a man and a woman and his efforts to reach out to those who reject this are vital for Christians in the gay marriage debate, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said on Wednesday.

Pope Francis blesses image of children killed in Maryland fire

May 6, 2015 - 12:03 am .- After reading a letter while visiting Rome’s North American Seminary detailing the death of two young girls in a house fire, Pope Francis blessed their picture and a small statue to be given to their parents.

California's soon-to-be saint hailed as a man ahead of his time

May 3, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- Experts in California history, archeology and the life of Bl. Junipero Serra have praised him as a passionate missionary with a vision that extended far beyond his own generation.

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.

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