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Catholic panel addresses need to find common ground with Trump administration
WASHINGTON -- Catholic panelists gathered to discuss "Faithful Priorities in a Time of Trump" said it is difficult to get over some of the words the president-elect said during the campaign -- and even before he was a candidate. But as his presidency nears, many of them said it's important to find ways to work with him for the common good. More ...
Tuesday, January 17, 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
Upcoming synod needs young people's voices, Pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms.

In preparation for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the Pope wrote a letter to young people, saying the Church wants "to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism."

"Make your voice heard," the Pope told young people. "Let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls."

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Week of Prayer starts Jan. 18
With over a 100-year history, the octave of Christians praying together for unity in faith returns this month, moving toward the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer at the Last Supper, “that they all may be one.” (cf.John 17:21) More ...
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Bishops mention immigration policy, heritage in National Migration Week statement

WASHINGTON -- Urging Americans to look at their families for stories of immigration, the president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called attention to the hardships and contributions of immigrants to American society as the U.S. church prepared to observe National Migration Week.
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Monday, January 9, 2017
National Migration Week: "Creating a Culture of Encounter (January 8-14, 2017)"
For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. More ...
Monday, January 9, 2017
U.S. bishops say that prayer, local dialogue key to bringing peace

WASHINGTON -- The Catholic Church has a "tremendous responsibility to bring people together in prayer and dialogue, to begin anew the vital work of fostering healing and lasting peace," said a report by a U.S. bishops' task force released Jan. 5 in the wake of last year's incidents of violence and racial tensions.

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Friday, January 6, 2017
Cardinal Tobin looks to bridge chasm between faith, life in anxious world

NEWARK, N.J. -- The chasm between faith and life is the greatest challenge facing the Catholic Church today, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin said at his installation Mass, and he urged the church to be salt for the earth so that the presence of Christ does not become "a comforting, nostalgic memory."

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Friday, January 6, 2017
New Year calls for courage, hope and no more hatred, selfishness, pope says
VATICAN CITY – Whether the new year will be good or not depends on us choosing to do good each day, Pope Francis said.

"That is how one builds peace, saying 'no'  to hatred and violence – with action – and 'yes' to fraternity and reconciliation," he said Jan. 1, which the Church marks as the feast of Mary, Mother of God and as World Peace Day.

Speaking to the some 50,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the first noon Angelus of 2017, the Pope referred to his peace day message in which he asked people to adopt the "style" of nonviolence for building a politics for peace.
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Sunday, January 1, 2017
Vatican says 3.9 million pilgrims visited during Jubilee year
VATICAN CITY -- More than 3.9 million pilgrims visited and attended papal events, liturgies or prayer services during the Holy Year of Mercy in 2016, the Vatican said. More ...
Thursday, December 29, 2016
'Creating a Culture of Encounter' theme for National Migration Week
WASHINGTON -- "Creating a Culture of Encounter" is the theme of 2017's National Migration Week, an annual observance the U.S. Catholic bishops began over 25 years ago. More ...
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Pray for war-torn countries, Pope urges in Christmas blessing
VATICAN CITY – The song of the angels that heralded the birth of Christ urges men and women to seek peace in a world divided by war, terrorism and greed, Pope Francis said. More ...
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Pope advances sainthood causes of Spanish martyrs
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis furthered the sainthood causes of seven men and women as well as recognized more than 100 martyrs who were killed during the Spanish civil war. More ...
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Pope denounces 'homicidal madness' after attacks in Berlin, Ankara
VATICAN CITY -- Expressing his condolences to victims and their families, Pope Francis called for an end to terrorism following a string of deadly attacks in Berlin and Ankara. More ...
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Pope names first woman to head Vatican Museums
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has chosen, for the first time, a woman to head the Vatican Museums. More ...
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
After Berlin attack, German Catholics unite in prayer
NUREMBERG, Germany -- In the wake of the terrorist attack on the Berlin Christmas market, Catholics across Germany were uniting to support the Christian community. More ...
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Organizers announce 'The Power of One' as theme for 2017 March for Life

WASHINGTON -- Organizers of the March for Life made it clear Dec. 13 that although they're "cautiously optimistic" about eventually overturning the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision with a Donald Trump administration and a Republican-controlled House and Senate, they don't expect to be in lockstep with other aspects of the new president's agenda.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Pope writes to Syrian president, pleading for peace and aid corridors
VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to do everything possible to end the war in his country, to protect civilians and to ensure humanitarian agencies can deliver emergency aid to the people.

Syria's SANA news agency reported Assad met Dec. 12 with new Cardinal Mario Zenari, the papal nuncio to Syria, and that the cardinal delivered a letter from the pope.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Pope calls Coptic Pope Tawadros to express condolences after Cairo attack
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis phoned Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria Dec. 12, expressing his prayers and condolences for the previous day's terrorist attack at the Cairo cathedral that left 25 people dead. More ...
Monday, December 12, 2016
Vatican updates guidelines for educating priests
VATICAN CITY -- The Catholic Church needs holy, healthy and humble priests and that requires prayers for vocations and the careful selection and training of candidates, said the Congregation for Clergy.

Updating 1985 guidelines for preparing men for the Latin-rite priesthood and ensuring their continuing education, training and support, the Congregation for Clergy Dec. 7 released "The Gift of the Priestly Vocation," a detailed set of guidelines and norms for priestly formation.

The updated document draws heavily on St. John Paul II's 1992 apostolic exhortation on priestly formation, as well as on the teaching of and norms issued by now-retired Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis and by Vatican offices over the past three decades.

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Friday, December 9, 2016
Pope indicates he will travel to Ireland in 2018
VATICAN CITY  -- After meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the pope confirmed he will visit Ireland in 2018 and that trip organizers would look at the possibility of a stop in Northern Ireland. More ...
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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