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Europe can’t forget the history of Martyrdom behind its history, the Pope says

On the occasion of the eighth public session of the Pontifical Academies, which took place yesterday at the Vatican, Pope... Read more

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Catholic Health Association Applauds Bush For Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act

The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) is applauding President George W. Bush for signing the Partial-Birth Abortion... Read more

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Canadian bishops to soldier on in same-sex marriage debate despite government push for law

While most Canadian citizens and politicians have settled into the idea that the legalization of same-sex marriage is only a... Read more

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Cuban reform leader demands respect for rights on the island

Oswaldo Payá, leader of the Varela Project, which seeks a referendum to bring about democratic changes in Cuba, announced his... Read more

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Second priest murdered in less than 24 hours in Columbia

Father Henry López of the city of Villavicencio became the second priest to be murdered in less than 24 hours... Read more

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Pope John Paul, Putin renew hope for Catholic-Orthodox dialogue

Pope John Paul II and Russian President Vladimir Putin both expressed hope for a "positive development" in relations between the... Read more

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Ireland must play key role in building new Europe, Pope says to Irish President

During a private audience held on Thursday, Pope John Paul II told Irish president Mary McAleese that Ireland must be... Read more

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Pope greets members of the Washington-based John Paul II Cultural Center

The Holy Father welcomed on the morning of Thursday the trustees of the “John Paul II Cultural Center” based in... Read more

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Pope appoints new archbishop in England

The Holy Father appointed Bishop Kevin John Patrick McDonald of Northampton, England, as the archbishop of Southwark, England. Read more

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Archbishop Chaput applauds signing of partial-birth abortion ban

The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 is “a vital step in the right direction for our nation,” said Archbishop... Read more

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National Clergy council calls for the ordination of gay bishop to be undone

The ordination of V. Gene Robinson as a bishop of New Hampshire by the Episcopal Church U.S.A. must be undone... Read more

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Priest killed in northeastern Columbia

A parish priest and his secretary were gunned down in the northeastern Columbian town of Saravena this Tuesday, according to... Read more

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Commenting Psalm 140, Pope says evil is attractive even to the faithful

As part of his comments of the Psalms and Canticles for Vespers in the Liturgy of the Hours, Pope John... Read more

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Don’t treat asylum-seekers with prejudice asks the Vatican at UN

Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See’s permanent observer at the United Nations, requested yesterday not to portray asylum-seekers as a... Read more

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Church seeks new dialogue with ELN to resolve hostage crisis

The Church’s mediation commission that is working to free 7 tourists who were kidnapped September 12 in the northern mountains... Read more

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Spain to vote with US in favor of total cloning prohibition

The Spanish government has announced it will not join a block of European countries that is seeking to keep the... Read more

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Opposition to gay ordination "not about sex but Bible," critics say

The opposition to the ordination of the first openly gay bishop in the United States this week isn’t about sex... Read more

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Episcopal congregations seek new diocese

Episcopal leaders are scrambling to address the requests of two New Hampshire churches to become part of another diocese, following... Read more

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Putin’s visit with Pope to boost Orthodox-Catholic ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes to boost relations between the Orthodox and Catholic churches in Russia with his second visit... Read more

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No way back in ecumenical dialogue, Pope says

The movement toward Christian unity is not a choice for the Church but an inherent part of its life and... Read more