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Pope hears confessions at Jubilee event for teens

Apr 23, 2016 - 06:11 am .- Pope Francis on Saturday heard the confessions of young people in St. Peter's Square as part of this weekend's Jubilee for Boys and Girls, an event which is expected to draw tens of thousands of teenagers from around the world.  

Was Shakespeare a secret Catholic?

Apr 23, 2016 - 04:02 am .- April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the playwright, poet, and actor widely considered to be the most influential literary figure in the English language.

New State Department actions don't go far enough, religious freedom leader says

Apr 22, 2016 - 04:41 pm .- Religious freedom leaders applauded the U.S. State Department’s recent re-designation of nine countries – and the inclusion of one more – as the worst situations for religious freedom, but urged the agency to do more.

After Prince’s death, Vatican praise for his rare gift of music

Apr 22, 2016 - 04:10 pm .- The death of the songwriter, singer and music producer Prince drew reactions from the Vatican and praise for his musical talent.

A rally, not a dialogue – Georgetown students spurn Cecile Richards’ talk

Apr 22, 2016 - 01:21 pm .- Students at Georgetown University said that while a speaking invitation to the head of Planned Parenthood could have been an opportunity for honest dialogue, it was instead nothing more than a platformin favor of abortion and contraception.  

Cricket for the Queen's birthday! Vatican to play Royal Household

Apr 22, 2016 - 10:30 am .- Last year Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history, and on Thursday she passed yet another milestone – becoming the first monarch to ever reach the age of 90.

UK should act against IS genocide after parliament vote, bishop urges

Apr 22, 2016 - 06:01 am .- As the British government considers measures to name the Islamic State’s persecution of Christians and other religious minorities as genocide, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has urged the British Parliament to “stand with other governments and international bodies.”

In India, this Marian devotion uses coconut oil – and draws quite a crowd

Apr 22, 2016 - 12:08 am .- In a small town in India's Goa state, the Feast of Our Lady of Miracles draws devotees from multiple religions – and coconut oil plays a role in their observances.

Were profits made in aborted tissue transfer?

Apr 21, 2016 - 08:58 pm .- A special House investigative panel is alleging that a tissue procurement company and the abortion clinics it partnered with may have illegally profited from the sale of fetal tissue from aborted babies.

No one is beyond conversion, Abby Johnson tells Georgetown students

Apr 21, 2016 - 04:54 pm .- No matter how deeply someone may be entrenched in the culture of death, they are never beyond the loving reach of Christ, said former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson to a group of Georgetown University students on Wednesday.  

Report released on abuse scandal in Sodalitium Christianae Vitae

Apr 21, 2016 - 10:52 am .- On Saturday an ethics commission created to investigate and offer proposals surrounding accusations of abuse against the founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae released its report, which detailed an internal culture of extreme “discipline and obedience to the founder.”

Jesuit Father Raymond Gawronski remembered for witness of priesthood

Apr 21, 2016 - 10:22 am .- Father Raymond Thomas Gawronski, S.J., professor of dogmatics at St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California, died in the closing hours of April 14 of complications from cancer, at the age of 65.

Florida diocese mourns loss of priest in apparent murder

Apr 21, 2016 - 06:24 am .- A Florida priest who went missing last week has been lauded by his diocese as a humble and generous servant after his remains were found in Georgia on April 18.

The pain – and surprising beauty – of hospice care for babies

Apr 21, 2016 - 03:01 am .- They're the last words any expecting parent wants to hear. But though it's rarely discussed, thousands of couples every year get the news: that their unborn child has a severe, life-threatening condition.

French bishops travel to Iraq in support of Christian students

Apr 21, 2016 - 12:36 am .- A delegation of bishops and priests from France are visiting Iraq April 17-21 to aid young Christian students living in the refugee camps.

Harriet Tubman, new face of 20 dollar bill, praised for her faith

Apr 20, 2016 - 03:23 pm .- As the U.S. treasury announces the legendary Harriet Tubman as the new face of the 20 dollar bill, she also drew praise from religious freedom advocates for her deep and abiding Christian faith.

A step closer to sainthood for Dorothy Day

Apr 20, 2016 - 11:34 am .- A new stage has begun in the process toward possible canonization for Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.

Medicine, education, solidarity: how HIV-infected children can have a future

Apr 20, 2016 - 06:01 am .- The goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat is achievable if attention is focused on children infected with HIV, participants in a recent conference held by Caritas International emphasized.

Know the difference between sin and sinner, Pope Francis says

Apr 20, 2016 - 05:44 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis stressed the importance of knowing how to distinguish between sin and sinner, adding that God’s mercy is not afraid to reach out and touch our sins in order to forgive them.

Trevi Fountain in Rome to be dyed red for Christian martyrs

Apr 20, 2016 - 03:19 am .- On April 29, the Trevi Fountain, one of the most popular and emblematic tourist spots in Rome, will be dyed red in recognition of all Christians who even today give their life for the faith. 

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