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Resist the urge to scapegoat Syrian refugees after Paris attacks, bishops advise

Nov 18, 2015 - 04:21 pm .- Several bishops are saying we must resist the temptation to scapegoat all Middle Eastern refugees, since they themselves are fleeing violence similar to what happened in Paris last Friday.

Vatican clarifies Mother Teresa canonization report

Nov 18, 2015 - 11:47 am .- Despite rumors that a date has been set for Mother Teresa’s canonization, the Holy See Press Office told CNA Wednesday that the cause for sainthood has not concluded, and no date has been officially set.

Pope to Church: Don't act like you're on lockdown

Nov 18, 2015 - 09:51 am .- Pope Francis Wednesday centered his weekly catechesis on the upcoming Year of Mercy, urging the Church not only to keep its doors open, but to go out to those who may not have the strength to enter.

Latest Ratzinger Prizes highlight Lebanese and Brazilian gifts to theology

Nov 18, 2015 - 06:03 am .- A Brazilian priest and a Lebanese scholar were awarded on Monday the 2015 Ratzinger Prizes, in recognition of their work in theology.

Paris archbishop: When the pain is too great, we cling to God

Nov 18, 2015 - 03:45 am .- In a Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, the archbishop of Paris said that despite the uncertainty and grief surrounding the terrorist attacks in the city last week, God is the source of strength and hope.

Pope's representative to US stresses Catholic identity in schools

Nov 18, 2015 - 12:55 am .- Catholic schools can embrace their identity through familiarity with Christ, devotion to the Virgin Mary and a commitment to Christian life and teaching, the apostolic nuncio to the United States told the nation’s bishops.

Amid digital media trends, Vatican looks to learn from Asian strengths

Nov 17, 2015 - 06:13 pm .- The Catholic Church can learn from Asian trends in social media to help build communications networks and advance evangelization, a Vatican official has said.

'Impatience for unity' – a look at the Pope's recent chat with Lutherans

Nov 17, 2015 - 03:02 pm .- Pope Francis' encounter with a Lutheran community in Rome this weekend was his chance to advocate for greater unity among Christians, a theologian has reflected.

Parolin on ISIS threats: Vatican may be a target, but we're not backing down

Nov 17, 2015 - 10:17 am .- In wake of Friday’s violent terror attacks in Paris, the Vatican’s Secretary of State said that while the small country is also on extremists’ horizons, they won’t let themselves be “paralyzed” by fear.

In interfaith move, Pope Francis will visit Rome’s synagogue in January

Nov 17, 2015 - 07:55 am .- The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis will soon become the third-ever Roman Pontiff to visit the Great Synagogue in Rome, following in the footsteps of St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

Here's what the US bishops were most impressed with at the Synod

Nov 17, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Most bishops at the recent Synod on the Family agreed that the Church should minister to married couples long after their wedding day, said a U.S. bishop who served as a delegate at the global meeting.

Refugees are God's children, Pope says in wake of Paris attacks

Nov 17, 2015 - 04:01 am .- Amid questions over whether European nations will reevaluate their migrant policies in the wake of Friday's deadly attacks in Paris, Pope Francis offered a reminder over the weekend that refugees are more than statistics: they are children of God, each with his or her own inherent dignity.

A caution from Archbishop Chaput: dishonest mercy helps no one

Nov 17, 2015 - 12:01 am .- True mercy and trust in the transformative power of God’s grace are key to helping divorced-and-remarried Catholics, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said in a critique of proposals to admit them to sacramental Communion without a change in their lives.

Faith on the football field – Fargo high school stands up for religious freedom

Nov 16, 2015 - 05:23 pm .- A Catholic high school in North Dakota believes prayer is at the heart of every activity – even a football game. 

Archbishop Kurtz on the best thing to come out of the synod

Nov 16, 2015 - 01:47 pm .- Families helping families – this may have been one of the greatest “fruits” to come from the Synod on the Family, said the president of the U.S. Bishops Conference Monday.

LAPD officer: If we only police homelessness, we miss the root problems

Nov 15, 2015 - 04:06 pm .- Officer Deon Joseph of the LAPD has worked the city’s notorious Skid Row neighborhood for 17 years, where the concentration of homeless persons is one of the highest in the country. He has a short message from his work in law enforcement there.

Pope Francis: What will Jesus ask you on judgement day?

Nov 15, 2015 - 11:40 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis paid a visit to Rome’s Lutheran community, where he took questions and told attendees that what we will ultimately be judged on is how we cared for the poor and less fortunate.

Using God’s name to justify violence is 'blasphemy,' Pope Francis says

Nov 15, 2015 - 05:55 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis again expressed shock and sorrow for Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, condemning the acts as an “affront to human dignity,” and encouraging attendees to find hope in Jesus.

A new look into the Vatican's stunning museums

Nov 15, 2015 - 04:01 am .- Those who haven't made it to the world famous Vatican Museums needn't worry – the Church’s treasures will now come to them through a new DVD series aimed at sharing the small country’s rich patrimony with the world.

US bishops met with Obama yesterday. Here's what they talked about.

Nov 14, 2015 - 02:45 pm .- Leading Catholic bishops met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday and had a discussed a number of issues including religious liberty, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops confirmed.

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