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Pope Francis: It's not us, but God who takes the first step

Jan 31, 2016 - 05:50 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis said that it’s the weak and vulnerable who are most valuable in God’s eyes, and stressed that it’s always him who takes the initiative in meeting us where we are.

Catholics crowdsource in hopes of rescuing alleged St. Kateri relic

Jan 30, 2016 - 04:13 pm .- Catholic faithful are banding together to help rescue a possible relic of St. Kateri Tekawitha in a strange – and thoroughly modern – way: by using a crowdsourcing internet forum.

Hundreds of thousands attend ‘Family Day’ as Italy debates same-sex unions

Jan 30, 2016 - 12:24 pm .- Hundreds of thousands are estimated to have gathered for ‘Family Day’ at the historic site in the capital city a week ahead of a vote which could allow same-sex couples to legally enter into civil unions. 

Mercy and mission go hand-in-hand, Pope says

Jan 30, 2016 - 06:18 am .- Mercy and the Christian responsibility to be missionaries are closely connected, Pope Francis said Saturday, kicking off the first in a series of special audiences for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

For these Benedictine monks, to brew well-made beer is to pray

Jan 30, 2016 - 04:03 am .- A group of Italy-based monks pray and work at their monastery at St. Benedict's birthplace. Now the fruits of their labors – Belgian-style beers – are coming to America.

In Mexico, millions of keys collected to make a Pope Francis statue

Jan 29, 2016 - 06:46 pm .- Mexican artist Pedro Francisco Rodríguez is asking for the public’s help in making a larger-than-life sculpture of Pope Francis to commemorate his historic visit to Mexico next month.

Pope: Remember the spiritual as much as the corporal works of mercy

Jan 29, 2016 - 03:33 pm .- Speaking to the plenary assembly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Friday, Pope Francis spoke of the prime importance of all the works of mercy, both corporal and spiritual.  

Saints and sinners: Pope Francis distinguishes between sin and corruption

Jan 29, 2016 - 03:07 pm .- The saints were also sinners, Pope Francis emphasized during his homily at the Santa Marta residence chapel on Friday morning, where he highlighted the difference between sin and corruption, saying that while everyone is a sinner, not everyone is corrupt.

Pope Francis likely to visit Auschwitz during World Youth Day

Jan 29, 2016 - 10:45 am .- During his July visit to Poland for World Youth Day, it’s probable that Pope Francis will follow in the steps of his two immediate predecessors by traveling to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz, the Vatican spokesman has said.

In Canada, a bishop protests gender ideology mandate for Alberta schools

Jan 29, 2016 - 06:03 am .- “Totalitarianism.” That was the word the Bishop of Calgary used to describe the Alberta government’s new mandatory gender guidelines.

What Catholics are doing about Flint's stunning water scandal

Jan 29, 2016 - 03:09 am .- “It all started before Christmas. We knew something was wrong with the water.”

One family's unimaginable suffering paves the way for a teen's sainthood

Jan 29, 2016 - 12:04 am .- The miraculous cure of a baby with brain damage through the intercession of Mexican martyr Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río has been approved by the Vatican, completing the final step for the teen’s path to sainthood.

Yes, ISIS is guilty of genocide, says European human rights group

Jan 28, 2016 - 04:37 pm .- Europe’s leading human rights body passed a resolution on Wednesday calling ISIS atrocities a “genocide,” a week before the European Parliament will vote on a similar resolution.

Ask Mary's help if illness makes it hard to trust God's mercy, Pope Francis advises

Jan 28, 2016 - 10:32 am .- While the experience of illness can certainly test our faith, for Pope Francis it is an opportunity to entrust ourselves to the tenderness and mercy of Christ, which Mary, his mother, shows us how to do.

Pope Francis meets Leonardo DiCaprio at the Vatican

Jan 28, 2016 - 09:24 am .- On Thursday Pope Francis met briefly with actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, who recently won an award for his efforts for environmental protection at the World Economic Forum.

From slavery to model of mercy – the powerful story of Julia Greeley

Jan 28, 2016 - 03:06 am .- Julia Greeley was a familiar sight on the streets of Denver in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

It's time to put the heat on South Sudan's leaders, bishop says

Jan 28, 2016 - 12:06 am .- Bishop Santo Loku Pio Doggale joined his brother prelates from South Sudan and Sudan for a time of rest and prayer in Rome last week, during which they were able to discuss key issues the two countries face, including decades of internal conflict and war.

Planned Parenthood investigator protected as undercover journalist, lawyer says

Jan 27, 2016 - 05:53 pm .- The Planned Parenthood investigators indicted by a Houston grand jury on Monday were not breaking the law as they are undercover journalists, maintains the lawyer for the lead investigator, David Daleiden.

Vatican official: Pope's post-synod doc will be released in March

Jan 27, 2016 - 01:32 pm .- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on family life following last year's synod will be published in March, says Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family.

Pope rallies Catholics to be 'mediators of mercy' during jubilee

Jan 27, 2016 - 05:40 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis renewed his appeal for faithful to put the works of mercy into practice during the jubilee, urging them to open their hearts to others, and to show God’s tenderness to those who suffer.

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