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Are kids just as well off with same-sex parents? Maybe not, studies say

Mar 5, 2015

The idea that children raised in same-sex households fare as well as children of married opposite-sex couples may not withstand... Read more

Pope Francis greets children during his General Audience June 25, 2014.

Siblings help you keep your eyes off yourself, Pope says

Feb 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

In this week’s general audience Pope Francis spoke on the role of siblings in family life, saying the fraternity we... Read more

Pope Francis meets with students in Paul VI audience hall on May 31, 2014.

'Surrounded by children' – Pope Francis’ take on a thriving society

Feb 11, 2015

By Elise Harris

In his general audience address Pope Francis said that children are gift to parents and society, and that there is... Read more

Immigration judges: Deporting children can be a death sentence

Sep 5, 2014

By Matt Hadro

Many U.S. immigration cases are effectively life-or-death trials, and the Justice Department should not be fast-tracking deportation hearings for child... Read more

Church response to refugees is part of pro-life call, bishop says

Jul 23, 2014

Answering the needs of refugee migrants is one component of a truly pro-life view, said a U.S. bishop, announcing a... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Brazilian community of Varginha July 25, 2013.

Pope denounces 'racist, xenophobic' attitudes toward immigrants

Jul 15, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his message for the Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development Pope Francis called for a change in the... Read more

Bishops hold Mass and procession on US border in support of immigration reform.

Surge of 'desperate' migrant children leaves needs unmet

Jul 3, 2014

By Matt Hadro

As a wave of unaccompanied children adds to the already large numbers of immigrants entering the United States, humanitarian groups... Read more

U.S. Mexico border crossing at San Ysidro.

Bishops: surge in unaccompanied child migrants a 'crisis'

Jun 6, 2014

The migration of unaccompanied children into the U.S. is a “humanitarian crisis” that demands a “comprehensive response” from the government,... Read more

Couples at the Vatican wait to be blessed by Pope Francis on Oct. 16, 2013.

Marriage requires love that imitates Christ, Pope says

Jun 2, 2014

In his June 2 homily, Pope Francis addressed married couples in the Vatican, pointing to fidelity, perseverance, and fruitfulness as... Read more

Pope Francis embraces a young student on May 31, 2014 in Paul VI audience hall.

'You can make a better world,' Pope tells disadvantaged children

May 31, 2014

This morning the “Ode to Joy” rang out from a teenaged orchestra as Pope Francis entered a room packed with... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013.

Pope Francis gives Easter eggs to children with cancer

Apr 22, 2014

Pope Francis sent 150 Easter eggs to the Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital as an Easter gift to children hospitalized with... Read more

Four-year-old asks Belgian king to block euthanasia of children

Feb 5, 2014

As Belgium legislators move forward with a proposed law to allow euthanasia for children, a 4-year-old girl from Canada is... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square after Mass on April 28, 2013.

Pope Francis visits Vatican children's clinic

Dec 14, 2013

On the morning of Dec. 14, Pope Francis paid a visit to patients and workers of the pediatric dispensary of... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013

God speaks to us 'with the voice of a child,' Pope reflects

Dec 12, 2013

By Elise Harris

During his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on how God lowers himself to converse on our level, and encouraged those... Read more

Pope Francis greets a young pilgrim in St. Peter's Square before the Oct. 2, 2013 general audience.

If Pope could perform one miracle, it would be 'to heal children'

Dec 4, 2013

During a recent visit to a parish on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis revealed that if he had the... Read more

Cardinal Ranjith (Second from Left), bishops and children at Holy Childhood Silver Jubilee.

Holy Childhood Society celebrates 25 years in Colombo

Sep 24, 2013

A group which aims to foster a missionary spirit among children celebrated the 25th anniversary of its establishment in the... Read more

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi appears at a Vatican press conference on May 14, 2013.

Children's journey of beauty ends with papal visit

Jun 18, 2013

This coming Sunday, almost 500 disadvantaged children will arrive at the Vatican on a special red train, where they will... Read more

Pope Francis greets the young man who asked for advice on dealing with doubts at the June 7, 2013 meeting.

Pope gives children advice on facing doubts about faith

Jun 7, 2013

Setting aside his prepared text, Pope Francis tackled questions from children about having faith in times of doubt, his friends... Read more

Video of 3-year-old 'celebrating' Mass becomes online hit

May 9, 2013

A three-year-old Colombian boy has garnered attention across the internet for a video in which he dons priestly garments and... Read more

Part of a student's letter to a seminarian. Courtesy of John Tirado, NJ State Council, Knights of Columbus.

School kids support seminarians through letter campaign

Apr 18, 2013

Catholic men studying to be priests have expressed their “deepest appreciation” for words and prayers of encouragement from grade school... Read more