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Big book of numbers: Vatican volume tracks church statistics
Catholics around the world number more than 1.29 billion people, which is about 17.7 percent of the global population. The Vatican's Central Statistics Office compiles the figures each year and includes them in the 500-page Statistical Yearbook of the Church. The yearbook also breaks down the figures by continent and region. CNS graphic/Robert Duncan
Catholics around the world number more than 1.29 billion people, which is about 17.7 percent of the global population. The Vatican's Central Statistics Office compiles the figures each year and includes them in the 500-page Statistical Yearbook of the Church. The yearbook also breaks down the figures by continent and region. CNS graphic/Robert Duncan
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis called for a special Synod of Bishops to focus on the Amazon region not primarily because of the rainforest's key role in the ecological health of the planet, but mostly because he sees pastoral needs there that require special attention. More ...
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

At meeting in Florida, U.S. bishops decry Sessions' asylum decision
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  -- The U.S. bishops June 13 decried U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision that asylum seekers fleeing domestic or gang violence cannot find protection in the United States. More ...
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Pope's August visit to Ireland will include quick trip to Knock
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' brief visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families Aug. 25-26 will include a quick trip to the Marian shrine at Knock and a special meeting with homeless families. More ...
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Sports on Sundays OK, except when used to skip Mass, says Vatican
VATICAN CITY -- A new Vatican document cautions against the dangers of highly competitive children's sports, political and economic pressures on athletes to win '"at all costs" and the unsportsmanlike or violent behavior of fans. More ...
Friday, June 1, 2018
U.S. Bishops' Migration chairman urges administration to keep families together
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Teaching on all-male priesthood is definitive, cardinal-designate says
VATICAN CITY -- That only men can be validly ordained to the priesthood is a truth that is part of the Catholic faith and will not and cannot change, said Cardinal-designate Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Vatican releases summer schedule of major papal events
VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis will create 14 new cardinals during a late afternoon consistory June 28, not June 29 as he had announced originally. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Cardinal stats: Pope makes college more international, not much younger
VATICAN CITY -- Although it is not unusual for a pope to set aside temporarily the limit of 120 cardinals under the age of 80, Pope Francis has done so in a way that could last for more than a year. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Philadelphia Archdiocese plans conference marking Humanae Vitae's 50th jubilee
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Family Life and the Knights of Columbus are planning a daylong conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the landmark encyclical written and promulgated by Pope Paul VI which focuses on authentic love, marriage and family planning. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Remains of St. John XXIII begin pilgrimage in his home diocese in Italy

BERGAMO, Italy – Accompanied by Bishop Francesco Beschi of Bergamo and escorted by both Italian and Vatican police officers, the glass coffin containing the body of St. John XXIII left the Vatican early May 24 for a 370-mile drive to Bergamo.

The route taken for the trip north was kept secret for security reasons.

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Friday, May 25, 2018
Church is a mother, not a bachelor, Pope says on Marian feast day

VATICAN CITY – Without its feminine dimension, the Catholic Church risks becoming an old boy's club and incapable of love, Pope Francis said.

The Church must "remain female" and "have this attitude of a wife and mother" who nurtures her children, the Pope said in his homily May 21 during a morning Mass commemorating the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church.

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Monday, May 21, 2018
Pope will create 14 new cardinals in June
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis announced he would make 14 new cardinals June 29, giving the red cardinal's hat to the papal almoner, the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan, among others. More ...
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Pope to canonize Blesseds Paul VI, Oscar Romero in Rome Oct. 14
VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis will declare Blesseds Oscar Romero, Paul VI and four others saints Oct. 14 at the Vatican during the meeting of the world Synod of Bishops, an institution Blessed Paul revived. More ...
Saturday, May 19, 2018
All economic activity has moral dimension, doctrinal congregation says
VATICAN CITY – Financial and economic decisions – everything from where a family chooses to invest its savings to where a multinational corporation declares its tax residence – are ethical decisions that can be virtuous or sinful, a new Vatican document said. More ...
Friday, May 18, 2018
New Marian feast May 21 cultivates maternal, faithful relationship
The newest Marian feast day decreed by Pope Francis, “Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church,” is fast approaching. Each year Latin-rite Catholics will celebrate her matriarchal status the Monday after Pentecost – taking place this year on May 21. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
First Holy Communion a faith milestone in lives of children
In parishes across the Diocese, thousands of children were welcomed at the table of the Lord for the first time as they received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, a celebration that ordinarily takes place in the spring.

Families and guardians filled their respective churches to be a part of this sacrament when children encounter Jesus in a special way in the Eucharist.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018
Historians' approval moves Father Tolton's sainthood cause forward
CHICAGO  --  The canonization cause of Father Augustus Tolton received important approval from the Vatican's historical consultants earlier this year, moving the cause forward. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Vatican issues new rules for communities of contemplative nuns
VATICAN CITY  -- The Vatican released an instruction with new norms for contemplative orders of nuns, encouraging cooperation among their monasteries and outlining procedures for communities left with only a few members. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Pope, bishops mark anniversary of St. John Paul's condemnation of Mafia
VATICAN CITY -- As the bishops and faithful of Sicily remembered St. John Paul II's visit in 1993 and, especially, his "prophetic invective" against the Mafia, Pope Francis urged them to continue the fight against organized crime. More ...
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Pope asks Catholics to pray the Rosary for peace each day in May
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis prayed that the hopes for peace strengthened by the meeting of the leaders of North and South Korea will not be dashed, and he urged Catholics during the month of May to pray the Rosary for peace.

 

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Monday, May 7, 2018
International poster and video contest announced for World Communications Day
For the first time, SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communications) and the Holy See’s Secretariat for Communications are launching a global poster and video competition on the theme of the 52nd World Communications Day (WCD), May 13, 2018. More ...
Friday, May 4, 2018



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