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Could Pope Francis travel to Ukraine?

Feb 26, 2015 - 04:01 am .- Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has sent a letter inviting Pope Francis to visit Ukraine, though the Vatican diplomacy has not yet responded, Ukraine's Embassy to the Holy See told CNA on Wednesday.

The story of a Czech priest who testified to a miracle – and was killed for it

Feb 25, 2015 - 04:02 am .- A priest who witnessed to a miracle in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1940s was tortured and beaten to death for refusing to recant what his parishioners seen. And now Catholics from the country are honoring his heroic virtue and pushing for him to be recognized as a martyr.

A UK bishop's plea: speak up on marriage before it's too late

Feb 25, 2015 - 12:49 am .- Inside a small English church dedicated to St. Columba, a congregation of Catholics gathered, sitting in the midst of 2,500 years of marriage.

The war in Ukraine: a failure to evangelize?

Feb 24, 2015 - 05:34 pm .- Conflict in eastern Ukraine which began in April 2014 has pitted the country's government against separatists widely believed to be backed by Russia, and some are attributing the chaos to a failed evangelization in the country.

St. Therese of Lisieux's 'difficult' sister is on the road to sainthood

Feb 21, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- The “difficult” sister of St. Therese of Lisieux is on the road to sainthood, a reminder – according to her postulator – that holiness is a calling for all people.

Ukranian bishop meets with Pope Francis as country's crisis rages on

Feb 20, 2015 - 03:32 pm .- After meeting with Pope Francis during their ad limina visit to Rome, one of Ukraine's bishops said the country faces a humanitarian crisis in conflict areas and called for dialogue and prayers for peace.

Rise of racism, exclusion in Europe prompts call for action

Feb 20, 2015 - 12:49 am .- Church representatives across Europe cautioned Wednesday against a rise in xenophobic attitudes toward minorities and urged political leaders to stop pinning blame, and start promoting human values.

Communion for divorced and remarried? Africa's bishops have other concerns, cardinal says

Feb 19, 2015 - 04:02 am .- A leading African cardinal says the continent's bishops want the upcoming Vatican synod to zero-in on strengthening the Church with good families – before getting sidetracked on other issues such as the contentious debate over allowing Communion for divorced and remarried couples.

Amid string of break-ins, Bishop of Ars removes Blessed Sacrament from parishes

Feb 18, 2015 - 12:35 pm .- Bishop Pascal Roland of Belley-Ars in France has ordered that the Blessed Sacrament be removed from all chapels and churches in the diocese following a wave of sacrileges that have taken place in recent days.

How Benedict XVI and his 'scandalous' hero speak to the modern crisis

Feb 15, 2015 - 05:05 pm .- Theological giants Benedict XVI and one of his heroes – the controversial Cardinal Jean Danielou – have been hailed for illuminating through their respective works the ever-relevant answer to a modern world in crisis: Jesus Christ.

A cardinal for migrants: Italy's Archbishop Francesco Montenegro

Feb 13, 2015 - 02:03 am .- Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of Agrigento still feels himself more of a priest with concern for the poor than a cardinal, even though he will be given the red biretta this Saturday.

Ukrainian Catholic bishops urge prayer, fasting ahead of Sunday's ceasefire

Feb 12, 2015 - 05:15 pm .- The Ukrainian Catholic bishops in the US issued a letter on Wednesday asking their faithful to pray and fast for peace, a day before a tentative ceasefire in Ukraine was agreed on which would end 10 months of fighting.

Enough talk about talking – Iraqi priest calls for action on ISIS

Feb 12, 2015 - 04:23 pm .- An Iraqi priest currently living in Rome said that those living the nightmare of ISIS are tired of hearing talk about dialogue and human rights, and are ready to see concrete action on the part of political leaders.

As church-goers wane, Germany's controversial tax prompts unease

Feb 12, 2015 - 04:02 am .- While church attendees dwindle in Germany, questions have arisen once again over the controversial state-imposed church tax – and whether it's time for the country's bishops to address concerns around it.

Pope Francis hopes to invigorate Philadelphia Church in US visit

Feb 10, 2015 - 08:55 am .- With preparations for the World Meeting of Families well underway, Pope Francis has told Archbishop Charles Chaput he hopes his visit will inspire joy and confidence in the Church of Philadelphia.

Parish dedicated to Rome's poor gets a visit from Pope Francis

Feb 8, 2015 - 12:01 pm .- Pope Francis traveled in the eastern outskirts of Rome on Sunday afternoon to hear confessions and say Mass at a parish known for its commitment to the city's poor and the marginalized.

Austerity marks the life of Archbishop Blazquez, Spain's next cardinal

Feb 8, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Archbishop Ricardo Blazquez Perez' friends say one of his first decisions as Archbishop of Valladolid was to set aside part of his salary to help those affected by Spain's economic crisis. Although he will be made a cardinal within the week, his pay remains the same – that of a typical parish priest.

Pray – don't speculate – about the Vatican family synod, say novena organizers

Feb 6, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Amid concern over whether or not October's Synod on the Family will protect the Church's teaching on marriage, one lay initiative is calling upon Catholics to put their words to better use – and pray.

Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli: a talented preacher and soon-to-be cardinal

Feb 6, 2015 - 12:04 am .- When he learned in January Pope Francis would make him a cardinal, Archbishop Edoardo Menichelli of Ancona-Osimo did not want to comment. He had turned 75 in October, presenting his resignation to the Pope.

Political instability, war, and terrorism know no borders – Vatican official

Feb 4, 2015 - 11:40 am .- As the Vatican's Secretary of State addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean on Monday regarding the shared challenge of migration, Italy's Red Cross announced it is awarding the people of Lampedusa for their commitment to welcoming African emigrants.

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