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'Invest in love,' pope says on first World Day of the Poor
VATICAN CITY -- People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said.

"What we invest in love remains, the rest vanishes," the pope said in his homily Nov. 19, the first World Day of the Poor.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017
Vatican, Lutheran federation announce study on church, Eucharist, ministry
VATICAN CITY -- The official Catholic-Lutheran dialogue will begin a deeper exploration of common beliefs and differences on "church, Eucharist and ministry," the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation announced. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Reformation continues to shape the 21st-century world, author contends
WASHINGTON -- Modern society -- largely defined by capitalism and consumerism, burgeoning technology, religious-like allegiance to nation and the rise in secularism -- has its roots in the Protestant Reformation, says historian Brad S. Gregory. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
U.S. bishops take on immigration, racism at fall assembly
BALTIMORE -- At the start of their annual fall assembly in Baltimore Nov. 13, U.S. Catholic bishops faced some big issues -- immigration and racism -- straight on and zeroed in on how to raise the national level of discussion on these topics starting in the church pews. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
California bishop asks for prayers after shooting tragedy in his state
BALTIMORE -- Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, asked his brother bishops meeting in Baltimore to pray for the victims of the nation's latest shooting tragedy. More ...
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Pope to welcome special guests for first World Day of the Poor
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will celebrate the Catholic Church's first World Day of the Poor Nov. 19 by celebrating a morning Mass with an estimated 4,000 people in need and those who assist them. After Mass, he will offer lunch to 1,500 people in the Vatican audience hall, and multiple satellite sites will host hundreds of other guests. More ...
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Civility must guide debate on social challenges, USCCB president says
BALTIMORE -- Acknowledging wide divisions in the country over issues such as health care, immigration reform, taxes and abortion, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for civility to return to the public debate. More ...
Monday, November 13, 2017
Cardinal praises USCCB for century of working for 'a more just society'
BALTIMORE -- The mission of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is as timely now as 100 years ago when the conference was founded as a "wise and Spirit-filled response to the immense suffering and displacement" caused by World War I, the Vatican secretary of state said Nov. 12. More ...
Monday, November 13, 2017
Vasquez: 'Share the Journey' migration campaign a call to prayer, action
BALTIMORE -- Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, told his fellow bishops Nov. 13 that more than 100 U.S. dioceses have participated in the "Share the Journey" campaign launched by Pope Francis Sept. 27. More ...
Monday, November 13, 2017
Pope sends letter to blind Colombian veteran he met
BOGOTA, Colombia  -- Pope Francis sent a handwritten letter to a Colombian soldier who lost his sight during the country's civil war. More ...
Friday, November 10, 2017
Pope puts John Paul I on path to sainthood, declares him 'venerable'
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis recognized that Pope John Paul I, who served only 33 days as pope, lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way.

The Vatican announced Pope Francis' decision Nov. 9. It marks the first major step on the path to sainthood for the pope who died in 1978 at the age of 65, shocking the world and a church that had just mourned the death of Blessed Paul VI.

Pope Francis would have to recognize a miracle attributed to the late pope's intercession in order for him to be beatified, the next step toward sainthood. A second miracle would be needed for canonization.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017
Pope John Paul I's speeches showed warmth, sense of history
VATICAN CITY -- During his brief pontificate in 1978, Pope John Paul I delivered 19 speeches -- many of which included folksy stories and examples from his own life. More ...
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Pope's November-January schedule includes new World Day of the Poor
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will celebrate a special Mass with the poor and people who assist them Nov. 19, the first World Day of the Poor. More ...
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Pope Francis' message for World Mission Sunday

Dear Brothers and Sisters: Once again this year, World Mission Day gathers us around the person of Jesus, “the very first and greatest evangelizer” (Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 7), who continually sends us forth to proclaim the Gospel of the love of God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Friday, October 20, 2017
Devotion to Padre Pio evident in thousands who turn out to venerate relics
CHICAGO -- When the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina -- commonly known as Padre Pio -- stopped at two Chicago churches, more than 19,000 people turned out to venerate them, organizers said. More ...
Friday, October 20, 2017
St. John Paul gave his life 'completely to God through Mary,' says priest
NEW YORK -- St. John Paul II "looked at the world with Mary's eyes and saw man in need of mercy," the postulator of the pope's canonization cause told Massgoers Oct. 12 at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in New York. More ...
Friday, October 20, 2017
St. Vincent de Paul inspired people to pray and reach out, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Love for God always translates into an active love of the poor, leading Christians to get up and go out to anyone in need, Pope Francis told members of the religious orders and charitable groups inspired by St. Vincent de Paul. More ...
Friday, October 20, 2017
Pope accepts resignation of auxiliary bishop of Newark
WASHINGTON • Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop John W. Flesey from the office of auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Newark.  More ...
Friday, October 20, 2017
New local exhibit inspired by Pope Francis' encyclical
Inspired by Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home,” Franciscan Father Gabriel Zeis has curated an exhibit at Princeton University that will tell the story of the earth, from its earliest beginnings to the present. More ...
Friday, October 20, 2017
Pope condemns deadly terrorist attack in Somalia
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis prayed for the victims of a terrorist attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, that left hundreds dead and countless wounded in one of the deadliest attacks in the country's history. More ...
Thursday, October 19, 2017



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