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Patrick: the saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

Mar 17, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery.

Vatican analyst explores 'The Francis Miracle' in new book

Mar 17, 2015 - 02:28 am .- Pope Francis is the subject of a new book by noted Vatican analyst and author John Allen, Jr. From the Pope’s Argentinian roots to his journey to the papacy and view to the future, “The Francis Miracle” seeks to offer a definitive resource on the Roman Pontiff and the legacy he will leave behind. CNA spoke with Allen about “The Francis Miracle,” which is available this month from TIME Books. The text of the interview is below.

Pope Francis encourages bishops of Bosnia and Herzegovina in reconciliation

Mar 17, 2015 - 12:04 am .- During his address to the bishops from Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to foster reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in their country, which has been marked by ethno-religious tensions.

Vatican: no papal endorsement for LGBT Catholic video

Mar 16, 2015 - 05:35 pm .- A Vatican official says there will be no papal endorsement for an LGBT activist video whose backers want it to reach Pope Francis.

'Smear campaign' pushed Knights out of St Patrick's parade

Mar 16, 2015 - 01:58 pm .- The Massachusetts Knights of Columbus withdrew from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston on Sunday, saying that their motives for participating in the parade - which this year included a gay activist group - have been misrepresented.

Pakistani Christians mourn bomb victims, protest lack of security

Mar 16, 2015 - 12:58 pm .- Christians in Pakistan are grieving the loss of 15 people who were killed in suicide bomb attacks on two churches in Lahore on Sunday, and are protesting the lack of security provided by the government to the nation's tiny Christian minority.

'Family is not a fad': Dolce & Gabbana spark firestorm in backing traditional marriage

Mar 16, 2015 - 07:11 am .- Creators of the luxury Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana sparked global controversy over the weekend after coming out in defense of marriage, saying that children have the right to a mother and a father.

Here's what the Church in Pompei is doing about the mafia

Mar 15, 2015 - 03:51 pm .- Archbishop Tommaso Caputo of Pompei said that his diocese has welcomed the Pope’s recent condemnation of organized crime and has several initiatives in place to help affected families.  

Pope grieves Pakistan bombings, says world hides Christian persecution

Mar 15, 2015 - 06:49 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis lamented today’s terrorist attacks against two Christian churches – one of them Catholic – in Pakistan, and prayed that such violence will stop.

Read the words of an Orthodox bishop kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago

Mar 15, 2015 - 06:02 am .- On April 22, 2013, both the Greek and Syriac Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo, Boulos Yazigi and Yohanna Ibrahim, were kidnapped in Syria near the Turkish border. Their driver, Deacon Fatha' Allah Kabboud, was killed.

Power of prayer: Contemplative cloisters coming to Crimea?

Mar 14, 2015 - 04:57 pm .- It’s been one year since fighting broke out in Ukraine. The death toll has surpassed 6,000. Almost 1 million people have been displaced. And a February ceasefire agreement with Russia has created only a tenuous halt in hostilities, leaving the future uncertain.

Lay people at the forefront of the Church's mission, says Pope

Mar 14, 2015 - 01:56 pm .- Pope Francis reminded lay men and women of their place in the “front lines” in spreading the Gospel, living as Christian witnesses in the secular world.

Pope to teachers: engage with peripheries in your classrooms

Mar 14, 2015 - 01:30 pm .- Pope Francis has called on teachers to engage with the peripheries within their own classrooms, loving their students for their limitations as well as their potential.

Scholar from JPII Institute on marriage, family to advise helmsman of 2015 Synod

Mar 14, 2015 - 10:00 am .- As the church prepares for the 2015 Synod on the Family, one of the newly-named advisers to the synod of bishops' general secretariat is a scholar from the John Paul II Institute on marriage and the family – representatives of which were notably absent during last year's gathering on the same subject.

Holy See's hospital works to help inmates re-enter society

Mar 14, 2015 - 06:59 am .- On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for inmates at the Rebibbia New Complex Prison in the suburbs of Rome. But the Vatican’s concern for those at the prison does not stop there.

Will Pope Francis visit the fragile Central African Republic later this year?

Mar 13, 2015 - 05:21 pm .- The Archbishop of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, said on Thursday that Pope Francis will visit his country in November. The Pope has expressed his desire to visit the nation, which has been engaged in a civil war for more than two years, but the Holy See says nothing is yet official.

Two years into papacy, Francis continues path set in first moments

Mar 13, 2015 - 04:31 pm .- The infant moments of Francis’ papacy deeply signified what his future mission would be like, reflected Catholics who were present for his election two years ago.

Pope Francis says he wanted to enter US from Mexican border

Mar 13, 2015 - 02:56 pm .- In a lengthy interview with a Mexican multimedia group Pope Francis hit on several topics including his visit to the U.S., where he symbolically wanted to enter from the country’s border with Mexico.

Pope Francis declares Holy Year for Mercy

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:05 am .- During his homily for a Lenten penitential service, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Jubilee to start at the end of the year, and which will be dedicated to a theme close to the pontiff’s heart: mercy.

Journalist blasted for lying in confessional, recording priests' answers

Mar 13, 2015 - 04:01 am .- The confessional is one of the most private and privileged places in the world. So when an Italian journalist violated the bond of trust between penitent and priest, the Archbishop of Bologna decried her “grave lack of respect” for all Catholics.

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