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The peals of a 'Jesuit bell' welcome Pope Francis to Sarajevo

Jun 6, 2015 - 09:35 am .- As Pope Francis processed into Mass in Sarajevo’s Kosevo Stadium this morning, a massive bell named for St. Francis Xavier was placed at the top of the entrance and two Jesuit priests rang the bell, which will later be given to a new Jesuit parish in the city.

'Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo' highlight pain of loss in Bosnian War

Jun 5, 2015 - 05:12 pm .- When Pope Francis visits Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow, he will be visiting a country still devastated by the three-year Bosnian War that took place in the early 1990s.

Justice, peace and equality: Sarajevo's hopes for papal visit

Jun 5, 2015 - 04:51 pm .- Pope Francis’ visit to Sarajevo could be an opportunity to advance peace, equality, and justice for Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite a declining Catholic population whose refugees have still not returned home.

Pope leads Rome's Corpus Christi procession on behalf of persecuted Christians

Jun 4, 2015 - 02:42 pm .- Persecuted Christians were remembered during Thursday's Corpus Christi procession in Rome, where Pope Francis told the thousands taking part to walk and pray in unity with those who cannot express their faith so openly.

Why did most of the journalists at the 'shadow council' fail to report on it?

Jun 4, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Since only one quarter of the media representatives present at last week's closed-door meeting of German, French, and Swiss bishops have reported on the meeting, speculation has arisen in Rome that the group is preparing to launch a media blitz in favor of controversial changes to pastoral care for homosexuals and the divorced and remarried in the final weeks leading up to the Synod on the Family.

Catholics voice hope that Pope Francis will build bridges in Bosnia

Jun 3, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- Pope Francis will find a country still suffering from ethnic and religious suspicion when he visits Bosnia and Herzegovina this weekend, but some hope that his visit will help encourage unity.

These monks are convinced: Gregorian chant will make your life better

Jun 3, 2015 - 04:02 am .- The Benedictine Monks of Norcia spend their lives in prayer and labor – “ora et labora” – chanting the psalms and producing crafts to support themselves. This week, they also released an album meant to share their prayer with the world – music, they say, that has what your soul needs.

How a baker in Northern Ireland is standing up for faith in the workplace

Jun 2, 2015 - 12:04 am .- After a legal ruling deemed a bakery in Northern Ireland to have discriminated against a gay customer, the bakery’s owners have decided to appeal the decision, hoping to promote the place of faith in the public square.

A supernatural sign? Rare solar halo appears at Romero beatification

Jun 1, 2015 - 10:30 am .- As the relics of Blessed Oscar Romero were brought out for veneration during his beatification Mass in San Salvador, the cloudy skies parted and a ring of light – known as a “solar halo” – appeared around the sun.

After mounting criticism, Scotland's assisted suicide bill defeated in Parliament

May 31, 2015 - 06:02 am .- The controversial Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill was defeated on Wednesday by the Scottish Parliament 82-36 in a free vote in Edinburgh, following rising dissent against the legislation.

As conflict rages on, Ukrainian troops make a pilgrimage for peace

May 29, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Members of the Ukrainian army recently traveled to Lourdes, France for an international military pilgrimage aimed at promoting peace – something the whole country is said to be praying for.

Not a burden, but a grace: The indissolubility of marriage

May 27, 2015 - 06:03 am .- The sacrament of marriage, characterized as it is by indissolubility, is good news for the people of today, according to a Spanish priest who specializes in family and marriage issues.

'Little' friars credit vocation boom to Pope's name

May 26, 2015 - 03:33 pm .- Gathered in Rome for their general chapter meeting, members of the Order of Friars Minor – better known as Franciscans – said that while vocations in general have been down in recent years, numbers have begun to rise again after Pope Francis’ election.

As synod council meets, 'shadow council' pushes acceptance of gay unions

May 26, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- While the Synod of Bishops' ordinary council gathered to discuss the upcoming Synod on the Family this week, a private group of bishops and experts convened separately behind closed doors in Rome to consider the most controversial issues at the synod, particularly that of Communion for the divorced and remarried.

A 'reality check' for Ireland's Church – gay marriage vote both challenge and invitation

May 25, 2015 - 10:03 am .- The Christian message can't be shaken by a national vote, but Ireland’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage is forcing Catholic leaders to rethink how they have been keeping the faith alive among the nation's young people.

Why no one wants to talk about China's female suicide problem

May 24, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Zhang Xihuan doesn't know what was going through her mind when she swallowed a mouthful of the pesticide stored behind the staircase in her home in rural Shandong province.

A drastic threat looms for an already ravaged Nepal – the rain season

May 23, 2015 - 04:02 am .- With 3-4 months of heavy rain at their doorstep, Nepal citizens who have been without shelter for nearly a month due to several massive earthquakes are desperate to find some sort of sturdy housing.

Pope Francis' Bosnian visit to steer clear of Medjugorje

May 22, 2015 - 03:17 pm .- Pope Francis’ one-day trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina this June will not include a visit to Medjugorje, the location of controversial alleged Marian apparitions, according to a coordinator of the visit.

Vote to legalize gay marriage poses uncertain future for Ireland

May 22, 2015 - 12:32 pm .- As Ireland goes to the polls to vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, one Church official warns that the new law could bring yet-unforeseen consequences for future generations.

Paris' stunning Sainte-Chapelle gets a makeover – with lasers

May 21, 2015 - 02:37 pm .- Known for its ornate rose window and towering stained glass glory, the thirteenth century Sainte-Chapelle in Paris has finally been pieced back together after a seven year laser-cleaning project.

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