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Pope says Paul VI will be declared a saint this year
A mosaic of Blessed Paul VI is seen in the Trinity Dome at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. He visited the shrine as an archbishop in 1960. CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn
A mosaic of Blessed Paul VI is seen in the Trinity Dome at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. He visited the shrine as an archbishop in 1960. CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn
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

Protecting social service safety net is Catholic priority with Congress
WASHINGTON -- Catholic advocates visited Capitol Hill Feb. 6 hoping members of Congress were ready to listen to their push for a federal budget that makes the needs of poor and vulnerable people a priority. More ...
Friday, February 9, 2018
Indigenous leader pleads with Catholics to help in plight of the earth
WASHINGTON -- There is no doubt that many who attended the Feb. 3-6 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington made great efforts to attend, trudging through winter weather in the U.S. and the normal transportation woes that come with long-distance travel. More ...
Friday, February 9, 2018
See the innocence of the unborn in the face of immigrants, bishop urges
WASHINGTON -- Catholics have to learn to see innocence in the faces of those coming to the U.S., just as they see the innocence of children in the womb, a Seattle auxiliary bishop said Feb. 3 in addressing one the largest gatherings of social ministry leaders from around the country. More ...
Friday, February 9, 2018
Church called to work for unity in time of paralyzing polarization
WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis' invitation to encounter people at their station in life offers a starting point to overcome the deep polarization that marks public life, speakers told participants at the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering. More ...
Friday, February 9, 2018
Pope Benedict says he's inwardly on a 'pilgrimage to Home'

VATICAN CITY – "I am on a pilgrimage toward Home," retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote, capitalizing the Italian word "casa" or "home."

Almost exactly five years after announcing his intention to be the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, Pope Benedict wrote the letter to a journalist from the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

"I am touched to know how many of the readers of your newspaper want to know how I am experiencing this last period of my life," the 90-year-old retired pope wrote.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Soup dinner and no dessert? Valentine's Day Ash Wednesday-style
WASHINGTON  -- Many people looking at their February calendars are doing a double-take with Ash Wednesday falling on Feb. 14, Valentine's Day. More ...
Friday, February 2, 2018
Bishop O'Connell joins other voices on day marking Consecrated Life; new vocations poll released
As Feb. 2 marks the day when the universal Church observes World Day for Consecrated Life, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M, prepared a message in which he reflected on his own journey to the priesthood and what it means for one to discover his or her own vocation in life. More ...
Friday, February 2, 2018
Encuentro delegates urged to bring others to 'new encounter' with Christ
LOS ANGELES  -- Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez urged the crowd at the archdiocesan "V Encuentro"Jan. 27 to bring "the people of our times to a new encounter with Jesus Christ and the mercy and love of God." More ...
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Collection for the Church in Latin America to be held Jan. 27-28
WASHINGTON – The annual Collection for the Church in Latin America will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of Jan. 27-28.

“Through this collection, Catholics across the United States put their faith into action and build community with our brothers and sisters in Latin America and Caribbean,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., chairman of the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America. “Support to this collection is an act of the compassion that our faith calls us to.”
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Friday, January 26, 2018
In Chile and Peru, Pope tackles tough issues, urges compassion, unity
LIMA, Peru -- Pope Francis tackled politically charged issues during his weeklong visit to Chile and Peru, decrying human trafficking, environmental destruction, corruption and organized crime in speeches before audiences that included political leaders. More ...
Monday, January 22, 2018
Gospel gives strength to weather life's storms, Pope tells Peruvians

TRUJILLO, Peru – Encouraging the people of one of Peru's most battered cities, Pope Francis said the Gospel message can give Christians strength and hope to navigate amid life's storms.

Celebrating Mass Jan. 20 in the northern coastal city of Trujillo, Pope Francis said he knew the tragic consequences the people have suffered because of an unusual weather pattern that meteorologists dubbed a "coastal El Nino."

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Saturday, January 20, 2018
Pope Francis calls for Church with 'Amazonian and indigenous' face

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru – Pope Francis called on indigenous people of the Amazon to work with missionaries and bishops to shape a Church with an "Amazonian and indigenous" face.

The Pope pledged the Church's "whole-hearted option for the defense of life, the defense of the earth and the defense of cultures" and called his audience to work together toward the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, which he has called for 2019.

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Friday, January 19, 2018
Pope marries couple on flight during Chilean trip

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO IQUIQUE, Chile – Love was in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at 36,000 feet aboard his flight in Chile.

During his flight to Iquique Jan. 18, Pope Francis was approached by LatAm flight steward Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga and asked for a blessing for him and his wife, stewardess Paula Podest Ruiz.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018
In Peru, Pope Francis likely to return to themes addressed in Chile
LIMA, Peru – Pope Francis was greeted by the Peruvian president, the country's bishops, a military honor guard and a children's orchestra on his arrival in Peru on Jan. 18. During his visit, he will meet with Amazonian indigenous people from three countries, visit a neighborhood devastated by flooding early last year, and pray in the place of Peru's greatest popular religious devotion. More ...
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Pope challenges Chilean youth to ask, 'What would Christ do?'

SANTIAGO, Chile – Pope Francis challenged young Chileans, telling them to always ask themselves, "What would Christ do in my place?"

"At school, at university, when outdoors, when at home, among friends, at work, when taunted: 'What would Christ do in my place?'" he told thousands of young people who came from all over Latin America and Chile to a youth rally Jan. 17 at Santiago's Maipu shrine.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Beatitudes are fruits of hope, not cheap talk, Pope says in Chile
SANTIAGO, Chile – The beatitudes are not cheap words for those who think they know it all yet do not commit to faith; they are the fruit of a hopeful heart that yearns for peace and happiness, Pope Francis said Jan. 16, celebrating his first public Mass in Chile. More ...
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Pope begins seven-day pilgrimage to Chile, Peru
SANTIAGO, Chile – Pope Francis arrived in Santiago Jan. 15, the first stop on a seven-day, six-city visit to Peru and Chile, where he will take his message of hope to people on the margins of society. More ...
Monday, January 15, 2018
Pope to diplomats: World peace depends on right to life, disarmament
VATICAN CITY – Because everyone has a right to life, liberty and personal security, nations must find nonviolent solutions to conflict and difficulties, Pope Francis said.

A culture of peace "calls for unremitting efforts in favor of disarmament and the reduction of recourse to the use of armed force in the handling of international affairs," he said Jan. 8 in his annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Pope visits sick children on eve of Epiphany
FIUMICINO, Italy – On the eve of Epiphany, when most Italian children wake up to find gifts and candy, Pope Francis visited a pediatric hospital outside Rome. More ...
Friday, January 5, 2018
Vatican agency says at least 23 church workers killed in 2017
VATICAN CITY  -- The majority of Catholic Church workers violently killed in 2017 were victims of attempted robberies, the Vatican's Fides agency said, with Nigeria and Mexico topping the list countries where the most brutal murders were carried out. More ...
Thursday, January 4, 2018



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