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Relics of Padre Pio venerated in Metuchen cathedral
A handkerchief of St. Pio of Pietrelcina is seen in the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, during a tour of the saint’s relics April 17. Christina Leslie photo
A handkerchief of St. Pio of Pietrelcina is seen in the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, during a tour of the saint’s relics April 17. Christina Leslie photo
Hundreds of faithful from throughout the state flocked to the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in the Diocese of Metuchen April 17 to venerate the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, the first priest who bore the stigmata of Christ in the history of the Catholic Church. More ...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Salvador's Blessed Romero canonization probably in Rome in October
WASHINGTON -- During an April 11 homily in Washington, Salvadoran Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas said the canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero will "probably" be in Rome and "probably" take place at end of October after a meeting of bishops. More ...
Thursday, April 12, 2018
St. Pio relics to visit Metuchen cathedral April 17
Relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will visit the Diocese of Metuchen April 17 as part of a tour to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing. More ...
Thursday, April 12, 2018
USCCB migration chair shares concerns prompted by border troops
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration committee said April 11 he agrees with concerns raised issued by U.S. bishops on the southern border about President Donald Trump's call to deploy National Guard troops to the region. More ...
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Vatican announces consistory to approve canonizations
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will preside over a consistory to approve several canonizations, the Vatican announced. More ...
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Pope apologizes for 'serious mistakes' in judging Chilean abuse cases
VATICAN CITY -- In a letter to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the sexual abuse crisis in the country following a recent investigation into allegations concerning Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno. More ...
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Fifty years after release, 'Humanae Vitae' praised as prophetic encyclical
WASHINGTON -- Surrounding the 1968 release of "Humanae Vitae" ("Of Human Life") was the cultural context of the sexual revolution and a widespread fear about overpopulation following World War II, said Donald Critchlow, a professor of history at Arizona State University. More ...
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Pope denounces use of chemical weapons after deadly attack in Syria
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons after a deadly attack killed dozens of innocent men, women and children in Syria. More ...
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Knights give more than $1 million to Iraqi, Syrian Christians for Easter
NEW HAVEN, Conn.  -- As part of its ongoing support of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, the Knights of Columbus committed more than $1 million to Iraqi and Syrian Christians for Easter. More ...
Friday, March 30, 2018
Young Ohio boy's wish to meet Pope Francis comes true

VATICAN CITY – While many people hope to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis and greet him, 12-year-old Peter Lombardi got something even better than he imagined.

Peter Lombardi and his family were in St. Peter's Square March 28 for the Pope's weekly general audience, hoping like most pilgrims to get close to Pope Francis.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Bishops urge deeper commitment to justice in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
WASHINGTON – Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, "We need to ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to build the culture of love, respect and peace to which the Gospel calls us," the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee said March 28.

"What are we being asked to do for the sake of our brother or sister who still suffers under the weight of racism?" the committee said in a statement, reflecting on Rev. King's life and work. 
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Five wounds of Christ: Pope urges recovery of traditional devotion
VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis seems to be fixated on the wounds of Christ. And he has suggested that other Catholics might want to be as well. More ...
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Vatican releases statistics of Pope Francis' first five years

VATICAN CITY – In just five years as leader of the universal church, Pope Francis has made 22 international trips, traveling 154,906 miles – the equivalent of six times around the world.

He also has declared 880 new saints, which includes the martyrdom of an estimated 800 Italian laymen killed by Ottoman soldiers in the 15th century.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Pope confirms plans to attend World Meeting of Families in Dublin
VATICAN CITY -- Receiving a delegation from Ireland and blessing an icon of the Holy Family, Pope Francis confirmed his intention to visit Dublin for the final days of the World Meeting of Families. More ...
Wednesday, March 21, 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
Retired pope says criticism against Pope Francis is 'foolish prejudice'
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
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

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