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Amid warm relations, pope to visit Egypt
Pope Francis greets Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque and university, during a private meeting in 2016 at the Vatican. Accepting an invitation from Egypt's president and top religious leaders, Pope Francis will visit Cairo April 28-29. CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters
Pope Francis greets Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque and university, during a private meeting in 2016 at the Vatican. Accepting an invitation from Egypt's president and top religious leaders, Pope Francis will visit Cairo April 28-29. CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters
VATICAN CITY -- Accepting an invitation from Egypt's president and top religious leaders, Pope Francis will visit Cairo April 28-29. More ...
Monday, March 20, 2017

Nuncio: Evangelization, mercy, encounter mark pope's first four years
NEW YORK -- Evangelization, mercy, encounter and accompaniment are the hallmarks of the first four years of Pope Francis' papacy, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, said March 15. More ...
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Pope to visit Colombia as it emerges from half-century of war
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will be visiting Colombia in mid-September as the Latin American nation works to implement a new peace deal and rebuild after 52 years of war. More ...
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Cardinal Dolan op-ed urges passage of nationwide school choice bill
NEW YORK -- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York urged President Donald Trump to follow through on a recent call for legislation that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth nationwide. More ...
Friday, March 10, 2017
Vatican forum calls for church, world to heed women's voices
VATICAN CITY -- Women and men from around the globe gathered for an event inside Vatican City that celebrated and encouraged the need for women's voices to be heard in the church and in the world. More ...
Thursday, March 9, 2017
U.S. Catholic, Lutheran bishops mark 500th anniversary of Reformation
CHICAGO  -- Catholic and Lutheran bishops gathered in Chicago March 2 for a prayer service commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and to release a statement on the event. More ...
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Catholic leaders react to House bill to repeal, replace health care law
WASHINGTON -- Calling health care "a vital concern for nearly every person in the country," the U.S. Catholic bishops said March 8 they will be reviewing closely a measure introduced in the House  March 6 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. More ...
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Bible, like cellphone, should be carried always, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Christians should care about reading God's messages in the Bible as much as they care about checking messages on their cellphones, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, March 6, 2017
USCCB leaders urge Trump to protect religious liberty
WASHINGTON -- Catholic Church leaders in a Feb. 16 statement said they were encouraged that President Donald Trump may be considering an executive order to protect religious freedom and said they would be grateful if he would move forward with the pledge that his administration would "do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty." More ...
Friday, February 17, 2017
Catholic Charismatic Renewal marks 50th anniversary of founding this year
NEW ORLEANS -- For the past 50 years, Patti Gallagher Mansfield has kept the Champion Wiremaster stenographer's notebook, 5-by-8 inches, safely tucked away among her most cherished, sacred items in her dresser drawer. More ...
Friday, February 17, 2017
Americans grow warmer toward religious groups, Pew study finds
WASHINGTON -- Americans are feeling more positive toward various religious groups than they did less than three years ago. More ...
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Portugal's diocesan phase of Fatima visionary's sainthood cause completed
VATICAN CITY – The Diocese of Coimbra concluded its phase of the sainthood cause of Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. More ...
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Vatican canon law official explains provisions of 'Amoris Laetitia'
VATICAN CITY -- The provisions of "Amoris Laetitia" allow people in irregular marriage situations access to the sacraments only if they recognize their situation is sinful and desire to change it, according to the cardinal who heads the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. More ...
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Vatican summit participants vow efforts to stop organ trafficking
VATICAN CITY -- A Vatican summit on organ trafficking called for greater efforts to prevent the exploitation of those vulnerable to corrupt health professionals and criminal networks making the sale of human organs possible. More ...
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Growth of U.S. Hispanic population a blessing for Church, says speaker
WASHINGTON -- Hispanics in the Catholic Church are not a problem to be solved, but a blessing and an opportunity, said Hosffman Ospino in a Jan. 30 talk at The Catholic University of America in Washington. More ...
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Pope names top official as 'exclusive spokesman' to Order of Malta
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis named Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Vatican substitute secretary of state, as his special delegate and sole spokesman to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. More ...
Monday, February 6, 2017
'Stand for What You Believe In' is theme for national day of prayer
NEW YORK -- For the 29th year in a row, people of all faiths are urged to observe a national day of prayer for the African-American family Feb. 5 as part of Black History Month, observed every February. More ...
Friday, February 3, 2017
Bishops say refugee ban raises deep concerns over religious freedom
WASHINGTON -- The chairmen of three U.S. bishops' committees Jan. 31 expressed solidarity with the Muslim community and expressed deep concern over religious freedom issues they said President Donald Trump's refugee ban raises.

Trump's executive memorandum of Jan. 27 "has generated fear and untold anxiety among refugees, immigrants and others throughout the faith community in the United States," said the committee chairmen in a joint statement. "In response … we join with other faith leaders to stand in solidarity again with those affected by this order, especially our Muslim sisters and brothers."
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Vatican officials visit war-torn city of Aleppo
VATICAN CITY -- Conveying Pope Francis' closeness to the Syrian people, a Vatican delegation visited Aleppo following the end of the hostilities that left thousands dead and the city in ruins. More ...
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Pope offers prayers for Trump as he becomes 45th U.S. president
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis sent best wishes and prayers to incoming President Donald J. Trump shortly after he took the oath of office. More ...
Friday, January 20, 2017
Pope names Boston cardinal, others to Vatican congregations
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis named Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, who is president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, to be a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. More ...
Tuesday, January 17, 2017



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