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Pope Francis asks workers: give immigrants compassion, not blame

Jun 21, 2015 - 10:40 am .- Pope Francis has encouraged workers not to blame their economic troubles on migrants, who are themselves often victims of injustice and treated like merchandise rather than human beings.

Shroud of Turin reminds us of all human suffering, Pope Francis says

Jun 21, 2015 - 07:42 am .- Pope Francis prayed before the Shroud of Turin on Sunday and reflected on the role the reputed burial cloth of Jesus Christ can play in Christian spiritual life.

Dorothy Day had nothing to say to this theologian – or so he thought

Jun 20, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Ever since entering the Church 27 years ago, theologian Lance Richey had always known about the Catholic social activist Dorothy Day in passing.

Pope Francis speaks up for Italy's unemployed youth

Jun 20, 2015 - 12:25 pm .- Youth unemployment is “a true social plague” that leaves young people feeling useless, Pope Francis told an Italian labor group on Saturday.

In Middle East martyrdoms, Pope Francis sees seeds of Christian unity

Jun 20, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Meeting with Syriac Orthodox leaders on Friday, Pope Francis decried the continuing martyrdom of Middle East Christians, and gave special mention to two Christian bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago.

Infallible? Informal? How binding is the new encyclical on Catholics?

Jun 19, 2015 - 04:25 pm .- With the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment this week came a wave of controversy over the Pope’s statements about climate change, species extinction and other scientific topics.

Love life, have fun – a Pope Francis pep talk to Special Olympians

Jun 19, 2015 - 03:38 pm .- Pope Francis met with Italy's top Special Olympics athletes on Friday, encouraging them and all athletes to make sports a place for loyalty, human dignity and joy.

Catholics in Holy Land aggrieved by arson attack on monastery in Israel

Jun 19, 2015 - 11:45 am .- Catholic leaders have been joined by Israeli leaders in their concerned reaction to Thursday's attack on a church located on the Sea of Galilee, which has hospitalized two persons and caused extensive damage.

Summorum Pontificum Conference celebrates Benedict XVI's liturgical legacy

Jun 19, 2015 - 07:07 am .- The fourth annual Summorum Pontificum Conference was held last Saturday in Rome to promote the understanding and use of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, and to discuss the liturgical heritage of Benedict XVI.

Will Pope Francis change the date of Easter?

Jun 19, 2015 - 03:53 am .- Speaking to a global gathering of priests, Pope Francis signaled an openness to changing the date of Easter in the West so that all Christians around the world could celebrate the feast on the same day.

The first encyclical wholly from Francis overturns expectations

Jun 19, 2015 - 12:04 am .- 'Laudato si' is not only an example of the Magisterium's social teaching: it also represents the birth of a new literary genre among papal documents.

Saint Francis and his star role in the Pope's new encyclical

Jun 18, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- Pope Francis' new encyclical is filled with references to his namesake, whom the Pope says is a model of how an integral ecology goes beyond matters of science and leads humanity to find God in creation.

Vatican: Encyclical aims to promote common good, not take sides

Jun 18, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- The Vatican's presentation of Pope Francis' new encyclical said the intent behind the document goes beyond political debates, aiming for something more essential: the well-being of all creation.

US bishops on 'Laudato Si' – it's about conversion

Jun 18, 2015 - 02:05 pm .- Several leading U.S. bishops praised the new papal encyclical as an invitation to turn away from sin and grow closer to God through a relationship to the created world.

After mass shooting horror, S.C. Catholics mourn with Charleston church

Jun 18, 2015 - 12:30 pm .- A mass shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C. drew prayers and sympathy from the state’s Catholics, aghast at the horror of the crime which may have had racial motivations.

Magisterium – not secret authors – had final say on encyclical

Jun 18, 2015 - 11:09 am .- Despite many claiming they helped to draft Pope Francis' new encyclical, the final text cannot be attributed to any 'hidden' advisors, says a former Vatican official.


A new church is consecrated in United Arab Emirates amid hope for peace, dialogue

Jun 18, 2015 - 06:02 am .- The inauguration and blessing of a new parish in the capital of the United Arab Emirates last week was met with jubilation, as the church will be a boon to the thousands of migrant Catholics working and living on the outskirts of the city.

The Pope's take on transgender issues? Accept the body God gave you

Jun 18, 2015 - 04:14 am .- Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment calls for men and women to acknowledge their bodies as a “gift” from God which should not be manipulated.

Pope Francis blasts abortion, population control in new encyclical

Jun 18, 2015 - 04:05 am .- In his new encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis slams attacks against human life such as abortion, embryonic experimentation and population control – saying that respect for creation and human dignity go hand in hand.

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