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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

Pope Francis speaking to Spanish entrepreneurs at the Vatican, Oct. 17, 2022.

Pope Francis calls on entrepreneurs to be ‘prophets’

Oct 17, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Pope Francis has called on entrepreneurs to be “prophets” and transform the economy to ethical principles. Read more


U.S. bishops urge Senate to pass protections for working moms in Labor Day message

Sep 5, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

In their message for Labor Day, the U.S. bishops have urged the passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act as... 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

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, S.J., pictured at the Vatican on Oct. 10, 2018, before he received the red hat.

Bishops to hold meeting on Church’s social teaching to show ‘Catholics are alive in Europe’

Dec 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The 3rd European Catholic Social Days will be held in March in Slovakia. 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

A screenshot of Pope Francis speaking during the fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements Oct. 16, 2021

Pope Francis: Catholic social teaching has useful principles for popular movements to follow

Oct 16, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis spoke over video call to participants in the fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements. Read more

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley preaching during Mass in the cathedral in 2021.

Marking Labor Day, archbishop urges Catholics to pray and work for an economy that respects the common good

Sep 6, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A US archbishop has urged Catholics to pray and work for an economy that respects the common good, as the... Read more

Christ the King at St Etheldreda's, London.

How ought Catholics engage in politics?

Dec 13, 2020

By Carl Bunderson

As Catholics consider their engagement with the world, including politically, they should consider what kind of society should be built... Read more

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard at the Vatican Sept. 30, 2020.

Pope Francis calls for new economic model to rebuild post-coronavirus world

Sep 30, 2020

Pope Francis called Wednesday for a new economic model to help rebuild the world after the coronavirus pandemic.   Read more

Pope Francis pictured at his general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard at the Vatican Sept. 9, 2020.

Pope Francis: Promote the common good to heal wounds of coronavirus crisis

Sep 9, 2020

The wounds inflicted by the coronavirus crisis will only be healed if we put the common good first, Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Aug. 19.

Pope Francis: Make coronavirus vaccine available to all

Aug 19, 2020

A potential coronavirus vaccine should be made available to all, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.  Read more

Pope Francis delivers his general audience via livestream on Aug. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis: Human dignity has serious political implications

Aug 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christian faith demands conversion from individualism and a commitment to defending the inherent dignity of... Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience via livestream June 17, 2020.

Catholic social teaching is 'fundamental' to tackling world issues, Pope Francis says

Aug 5, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Wednesday the Church is not an expert in the global health crisis, but Catholic social teaching is... Read more

Brian Carroll. Courtesy photo.

American Solidarity Party candidate presses on to 2020 presidential election

Jun 17, 2020

Republicans and Democrats aren’t the only political parties finding their 2020 campaigning efforts hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

What does a just economy look like? One bishop reflects

Sep 2, 2019

The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development called on Catholics to reflect this Labor... Read more

Senator Marco Rubio addresses a crowd in Iowa, Jan. 2016.

Senators want study of 'non-compete' deals in low-wage jobs

Mar 7, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

A bipartisan group of senators have written to the Government Accountability Office asking it to examine the use of non-compete... Read more

Ryan Anderson.

University of Dallas names Ryan Anderson as first Catholic Social Thought fellow

Feb 8, 2019

The University of Dallas has announced the creation of the St. John Paul II Social Thought Teaching Fellowship, with Dr.... Read more

Pope Francis at the November 7, 2018 general audience.

Pope says entrepreneurship needed in face of 'scandalous poverty'

Nov 7, 2018

By Courtney Mares

“If there is hunger on earth, it is not because food is missing!” Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Square... Read more

Pope Francis kisses a child at the general audience on Oct. 10.

Pope Francis: Abortion is like hiring a hitman

Oct 10, 2018

By Courtney Mares

In his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis said that abortion “suppresses innocent and helpless life in its blossoming.” “Is it... Read more