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Retired pope says criticism against Pope Francis is 'foolish prejudice'
A letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI to Msgr. Dario Vigano, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for Communications, is seen in this photo released by the Vatican March 12. The retired pope defends Pope Francis in the letter, which was written as a promotion for a book series titled,
A letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI to Msgr. Dario Vigano, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for Communications, is seen in this photo released by the Vatican March 12. The retired pope defends Pope Francis in the letter, which was written as a promotion for a book series titled, "The Theology of Pope Francis." CNS photo/Vatican Media
VATICAN CITY  -- On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' election, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended the continuity of the church's teaching under his successor and dismissed those who criticize the pope's theological foundations. More ...
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Church leaders praise Hawking for contribution to science, dialogue
VATICAN CITY -- Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who said he did not believe in God, was still an esteemed member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and fostered a fruitful dialogue between science and faith. More ...
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Christian activists warn of slaughter of Syrian civilians in Afrin
AMMAN, Jordan -- Christian activists warn that 1 million Syrian civilians will face certain slaughter in northwestern Afrin, where they allege Turkey and its militant allies have already carried out "war crimes" and "ethnic cleansing." More ...
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
U.S. Catholics' political leanings affect their approval ratings of pope
WASHINGTON  -- In the advent of Pope Francis' fifth anniversary in the papacy, a new Pew Research poll of U.S. Catholics shows their regard of the pope is, for the first time, colored by their political leanings. More ...
Monday, March 12, 2018
Pope's New Year priorities: Refugees, youths, trips, more Curia reform
VATICAN CITY -- Foreign trips, a focus on the rights and needs of migrants and refugees and a Synod of Bishops dedicated to young people all are on the 2018 calendar for Pope Francis. More ...
Monday, March 12, 2018
La Civilta Cattolica editor describes pope's 'diplomacy of mercy'
WASHINGTON -- Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, editor of the influential Rome-based magazine La Civilta Cattolica and a close associate of Pope Francis, outlined the pope's "diplomacy of mercy" that he has used with both political leaders and their citizens throughout his papacy during a Feb. 13 talk at Georgetown University. More ...
Monday, March 12, 2018
A small sampler of Pope Francis quotes
VATICAN CITY  -- In his formal documents, many speeches and unscripted morning homilies the past five years, Pope Francis has given the church plenty of "food for thought" on many issues of great importance. More ...
Monday, March 12, 2018
Wonder and wit: Five years of Pope Francis' unique turns of phrase
VATICAN CITY  -- A native-Spanish speaker who grew up with Italian-speaking relatives in Argentina, Pope Francis has a striking way with words. More ...
Monday, March 12, 2018
Pope to visit Baltic states in September, Vatican announces
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican announced that Pope Francis will make a four-day trip to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in September. More ...
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Five years a pope: Francis' focus has been on outreach
VATICAN CITY  -- Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope just a few days after telling the College of Cardinals that the Catholic Church faced a clear choice between being a church that "goes out" or a church focused on its internal affairs. More ...
Saturday, March 10, 2018
U.S. lay Catholic leaders, activists still feel 'Francis effect'
WASHINGTON -- As Pope Francis observes his fifth anniversary as the successor to St. Peter, the gifts and style he brings to the papacy are still felt strongly by American Catholics. More ...
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Miracles attributed to Pope Paul VI, Romero clear way for sainthood
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero.

At a meeting March 6 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, Pope Francis signed decrees for the causes of 13 men and women -- among them a pope, an archbishop, two young laywomen and a number of priests and nuns.

He recognized a miracle attributed to Blessed Paul, who, according Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, will be declared a saint in late October at the end of the Synod of Bishops on youth and discernment. Blessed Paul, who was born Giovanni Battista Montini, was pope from 1963 to 1978.
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Friday, March 9, 2018
Blessed Paul VI to be canonized at close of synod, cardinal says
ROME -- Blessed Paul VI will be declared a saint in late October at the end of the Synod of Bishops on youth and discernment, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state. More ...
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Pope sends prayers, condolences after Papua New Guinea quake
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis sent prayers and condolences to the families of victims of a Feb. 26 earthquake in Papua New Guinea. More ...
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Pope adds feast of Mary, mother of the church to universal calendar
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has decreed that Latin-rite Catholics around the world will mark the feast of "the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church" on the Monday after Pentecost each year. More ...
Monday, March 5, 2018
Pope visits group home for women prisoners with small children
ROME -- Listening, playing and having an afternoon snack, Pope Francis spent time March 2 at a group home for women prisoners with small children. More ...
Friday, March 2, 2018
Pope appeals for end to inhumane fighting, evil of war in Syria
VATICAN CITY -- Calling the war in Syria "inhumane," Pope Francis called for an end to the fighting, immediate access to humanitarian aid for those in need and the evacuation of the injured and infirm. More ...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Christian leaders reopen Church of the Holy Sepulcher after 'emergency'
JERUSALEM  -- Christian leaders in the Holy Land reopened the Church of the Holy Sepulcher Feb. 28 after the Israeli government set up a negotiating team to resolve a municipal dispute over property taxes. More ...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Pope to visit Switzerland in June, government official says
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will visit Geneva in June, Swiss authorities confirmed. More ...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
U.S. bishops declare national call-in day to urge Congress to save DACA
WASHINGTON -- After the Senate failed Feb. 15 to garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill forward to protect the "Dreamers," officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced a "National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers" Feb. 26. More ...
Monday, February 26, 2018
Pope says Paul VI will be declared a saint this year
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis told pastors in the Diocese of Rome that Blessed Paul VI would be canonized this year. More ...
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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