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Pope Francis on the morning of June 7, 2023 shortly before heading to the hospital for abdominal surgery greets pilgrims at his general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis sends message from hospital to European political party

Jun 11, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In a letter to the European People’s Party, the pope urged politicians to be united on “issues where primary ethical... Read more

A demonstration in favor of student debt forgiveneness near Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, April 3, 2021.

What to know about Biden’s student loan forgiveness program

Aug 29, 2022

By Edie Heipel

President Biden’s student loan forgiveness announcement last week unleashed a flurry of opinions from both sides of the political and... Read more

St. John Paul II, founder of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation, circa 1992.

Two Jesuit priests win 2021 Centesimus Annus prize for Catholic social teaching

Dec 13, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Two Jesuit priests have been named the winners of the 2021 edition of the Centesimus Annus Foundation’s prize for writing... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation at the Vatican on Oct. 23, 2021.

Pope Francis: Our response to injustice must be more than condemnation

Oct 23, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Denunciation is not enough when it comes to issues of injustice, the pope said this weekend. Read more

Pope Francis records a video message delivered to a Catholic social doctrine conference Nov. 26, 2020. Screengrab from Vatican YouTube channel.

Pope Francis: Avoid the temptation of seeking ‘utopia’ in this world

Nov 27, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a video message to a Catholic social doctrine conference on Thursday, Pope Francis said that remembering our baptism and the... Read more

Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, who has praised the 'Open Wide Our Hearts' online exhibit from the Green Bay diocese.

Virtual photo exhibit seeks to tell diverse Catholics' stories

Nov 18, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

The U.S. bishops on Tuesday praised a virtual exhibit created by the Diocese of Green Bay, which features portraits of... Read more

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Questions surround possibility of mandatory coronavirus vaccinations

Aug 28, 2020

By Matt Hadro

With more than 1,000 deaths a day still being registered in the United States, coronavirus vaccines are being developed, and... Read more

Pope Francis greets Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi, president of the International Catholic Migration Commission, at the Vatican's Clementine Hall, March 8, 2018.

Pope Francis: Let Catholic social teaching guide migration policy

Mar 8, 2018

The Church is responsible for encouraging civil leaders to respond to migration on the basis of Catholic social teaching, the... Read more

Dorothy Day.

Dorothy Day, as seen by her granddaughter

Mar 1, 2017

By Perry West

Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement whose cause for canonization has been opened, is the subject of... Read more

Washington state's bishops listened to the poor. Here’s what they heard.

Nov 22, 2016

The stories of poor people – and the need for Christians to help them – are the focus of the... Read more

Is Catholic social teaching the change voters want?

Nov 15, 2016

By Matt Hadro

American voters wanted change, says one third party presidential candidate who believes that Catholic social teaching will answer many of... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, June 15, 2016.

WYD pilgrims to receive a social doctrine app from the Pope

Jul 9, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has established a tech-savvy track record as Pope, and now in addition to breaking records on Instagram and... Read more

A look at how businesses can help the poor

Mar 21, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Businesses can care for both the poor and the created world by making decisions that focus on the human person... Read more

U.S. Labor Day commemorative stamp, issued in 1956.

Labor Day the Catholic way: help young workers and struggling families

Sep 7, 2015

The need for decent work at a living wage – one which can support a family – was a key... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 5, 2014.

For Pope Francis, loving concern for the poor is not communism

Jan 12, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As Pope Francis stated in a recent interview that love for the poor is not communism, but the Gospel, one... Read more

Global network seeks to unite head, heart in charity work

Jul 8, 2014

By Hillary Mast

PovertyCure, a global organization that unites like-minded charities, is working to change the dialogue about charitable aid while addressing poverty... Read more