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St. Padre Pio's relics tour U.S. with first stop in Philadelphia
A man holds a banner with an image of St. Padre Pio before Pope Francis’ arrival for an audience with St. Padre Pio prayer groups from around the world in St. Peter's Square in 2016 at the Vatican. Relics of the Italian-born saint will be touring the United States throughout May and September, starting May 6 in Philadelphia. CNS photo/Paul Haring

A man holds a banner with an image of St. Padre Pio before Pope Francis’ arrival for an audience with St. Padre Pio prayer groups from around the world in St. Peter's Square in 2016 at the Vatican. Relics of the Italian-born saint will be touring the United States throughout May and September, starting May 6 in Philadelphia. CNS photo/Paul Haring

Relics of St. Padre Pio – the Italian-born priest who bore the stigmata for most of his life – will be touring several archdioceses and dioceses across the nation this spring and fall.

The tour, which begins May 6 in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is being sponsored by the nonprofit Saint Pio Foundation. This year marks the 130th anniversary of St. Padre Pio’s birth and the 15th anniversary of his canonization by then-Pope John Paul II.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Practical Christianity: Pope emphasizes real help for those in need
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' unique approach to teaching the faithful combines speaking clearly and simply with showing people what steps -- even small steps -- they can take to make a difference, a Vatican official said. More ...
Thursday, April 27, 2017
In TED talk, Pope Francis urges people to make real connections
VATICAN CITY – While searching for a connection today often means looking for Wi-Fi, Pope Francis said real connections between people are the only hope for the future. More ...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Pope to Egyptians: Let papal visit be sign of friendship, peace

VATICAN CITY -- Praying that God would protect Egypt from all evil, Pope Francis told the nation's people that a world torn apart by indiscriminate violence needs courageous builders of peace, dialogue and justice.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Pope pays tribute to modern martyrs, calls for witnesses of God's love
ROME -- The Christian church today needs believers who witness each day to the power of God's love, but it also needs the heroic witness of those who stand up to hatred even when it means giving up their lives, Pope Francis said. More ...
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Pope in Egypt: Strengthening weary Christians, reaching out to all

VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis' visit to Egypt, a land increasingly marked by terrorist-led bloodshed, stands as part of his mission to inspire and encourage today's actors in theaters of violence to change the script and set a new stage.

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Fatima at 100: Story of apparitions continues to attract attention
VATICAN CITY -- While conversion and prayer are at the heart of Mary's messages at Fatima, Portugal, the miracles and unexplained phenomenon that accompanied the events 100 years ago continue to intrigue believers and nonbelievers alike. More ...
Friday, April 21, 2017
How the church determines a true Marian apparition
VATICAN CITY -- When it comes to Marian apparitions, the Catholic Church takes a prudent approach that focuses more on the message than the miracle. More ...
Friday, April 21, 2017
Pope to canonize Fatima seers May 13; October date for other saints
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will declare the sainthood of Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto, two of the shepherd children who saw Mary in Fatima, Portugal, during his visit to the site of the apparitions May 13. More ...
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Pope to priests: Never separate truth, joy, mercy from the Gospel
VATICAN CITY  -- Always preach the whole truth of the Gospel with humility and respect and never be afraid to offer that truth just "one sip at a time," Pope Francis told the world's priests. More ...
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pope washes feet of 12 prison inmates at Holy Thursday Mass
VATICAN CITY -- In a gesture of service toward  marginalized people, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates, including three women and a man who is converting from Islam to Catholicism. More ...
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Vatican Youth Forum gives young people a voice ahead of synod, WYD
ROME – Preparing for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on youths and the celebration of World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, the Catholic Church needs to examine how it speaks to young people, several of them told a Vatican meeting. More ...
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Priest will travel with St. Jude's relic to any parish requesting a visit

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with one of the 12 Apostles?

Well, all you have to do is ask and St. Jude – or part of him anyway – will come to you.

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Friday, April 7, 2017
Roman Missal calls Easter Vigil 'mother of all vigils' for a reason
WASHINGTON  -- The Catholic Church pulls out all the stops for the Easter Vigil, the Mass celebrated on Holy Saturday. More ...
Friday, April 7, 2017
Bishops say church committed to addressing 'scourge' of human trafficking
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Decrying "the evil of human trafficking" as an "international, national and local scourge," three Catholic bishops whose dioceses cover portions of Maryland said their state "is not immune from this tragic reality." More ...
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Collection set for Mother's Day to support national shrine's dome project
WASHINGTON -- A special one-time national collection will be taken at U.S. parishes at Masses on Mother's Day, May 14, to support the mosaic ornamentation of the Trinity Dome, the "crowning jewel" of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. More ...
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
More must be done to combat child trafficking, Vatican official says
VATICAN CITY -- Children continue to fall victim to trafficking, while those who enslave and exploit them continue to avoid prosecution, a Vatican official said. More ...
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Panel: Archives of religious orders tell history of U.S. church
WASHINGTON – The history of women and men religious in the United States is the history of American Catholicism and their archives reflect the rich role many played in weaving the fabric of the U.S. church, said a group of historians, scholars and archivists at a March 29 gathering in Washington to discuss religious order archives. More ...
Friday, March 31, 2017
As in his life, all welcomed at Cardinal Keeler's funeral Mass
BALTIMORE -- Mourners from near and far, and all walks of life and various creeds, filled the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland March 28 for the funeral Mass of Cardinal William H. Keeler, 14th archbishop of Baltimore. More ...
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Four-year 'encuentro' process begins in the U.S.

WASHINGTON -- In Spanish, the word "encuentro" means encounter and in the modern church in the U.S., it refers to a series of meetings that will take place over the next four years aimed at getting to know Latinos and producing more involvement in the church of its second largest and fastest growing community.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Baltimore's Cardinal William H. Keeler remembered as 'tornado' of nonstop caring

BALTIMORE – Church leaders from around the country took part in the funeral Mass March 28 for Cardinal William Henry Keeler, Baltimore's 14th archbishop, who was an international leader in Catholic-Jewish relations.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Mary Our Queen Cathedral by Archbishop William E. Lori, Baltimore’s current archbishop, with six cardinals and 30 bishops including Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., concelebrating.

Describing Cardinal Keeler as a "tornado" of nonstop work who considered it the "highest form of asceticism to never waste a moment," the cardinal's first priest-secretary in the Archdiocese of Baltimore said his boss also had a caring, pastoral side.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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