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Children celebrate Pope Francis' 81st birthday with 13-foot pizza
Pope Francis blows out a candle on a 13-foot-long pizza during a special meeting to celebrate his 81st birthday Dec. 17 at the Vatican's Paul VI hall. CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis blows out a candle on a 13-foot-long pizza during a special meeting to celebrate his 81st birthday Dec. 17 at the Vatican's Paul VI hall. CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY – Celebrating his 81st birthday, Pope Francis blew out the candles on a 13-foot long pizza after being serenaded with song and dance by children and employees from a Vatican pediatric clinic. More ...
Monday, December 18, 2017

God-given sexual identity has inherent beauty, dignity, Catholic bishops, faith leaders say
WASHINGTON – In an open letter Dec. 15, a group of 20 Catholic bishops and other religious leaders described as "deeply troubling" the movement today "to enforce the false idea – that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa." More ...
Monday, December 18, 2017
Iowa priest honored posthumously for heroism as chaplain at Pearl Harbor
DUBUQUE, Iowa -- Relatives of the first chaplain to die in World War II accepted the Silver Star on his behalf 76 years to the day after he died saving 12 sailors during the Pearl Harbor attack. More ...
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Study shows Guadalupe devotion lessens health issues caused by stress
JACKSON, Miss.-- A good talk with your mother every day could improve your health. At least, that's what's happened for immigrants in one Mississippi community. More ...
Thursday, December 14, 2017
'Crowning jewel' of national shrine - Trinity Dome Mosaic - dedicated
WASHINGTON – The overflowing congregation at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception hardly needed reminding to raise their "eyes to the heavens" during a dedication of the Trinity Dome Mosaic Dec. 8.

When it was blessed during Mass, incense rose above the congregation and bright lights were turned on to give a better view of the newly finished dome that includes the words of the Nicene Creed encircling the base and a depiction of the Holy Trinity, Mary, the four Evangelists, angels and more than a dozen saints connected to the United States or the shrine.
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Saturday, December 9, 2017
Pope concerned by U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital
VATICAN CITY  -- Following reports that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis expressed his concern that such a move would further destabilize the Middle East. More ...
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Pope expresses satisfaction with meetings in Myanmar, addresses not mentioning 'Rohingya'
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM BANGLADESH – Well aware he was disappointing some people by not using the word "Rohingya" publicly in Myanmar, Pope Francis said his chief concern had been to get a point across, and he did.

"If I would have used the word, the door would have closed," he told reporters Dec. 2 during his flight from Dhaka, Bangladesh, to Rome.
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Monday, December 4, 2017
Harmony must begin within Church, Pope says on last day in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh – Devoting his last day in Bangladesh to the nation's tiny Catholic community, Pope Francis told clergy and religious that there was no way they could promote interreligious harmony in the country if their communities were marked by gossip, division and bitterness. More ...
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Defend God's image by defending the Rohingya, Pope urges
DHAKA, Bangladesh – Each human being is created in the image and likeness of God, yet so often people desecrate that image with violence as seen in the treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya minority, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, December 1, 2017
Tests offer new information on date of site believed to be tomb of Christ
WASHINGTON -- Scientists who helped restore a shrine above the site believed to be the place where Christ was buried say testing of samples has dated the tomb to at least the fourth century.  More ...
Friday, December 1, 2017
Parolin: Vatican II continues to shape church life, Pope Francis' papacy
WASHINGTON -- The Second Vatican Council continues to have an enduring impact on the Catholic Church and on the papacy of Pope Francis, according to the Vatican's top diplomat, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. More ...
Friday, December 1, 2017
New video series supports youth leaders who 'accompany' teens
SMYRNA, Ga. -- The Office of Faith Formation and Discipleship of the Archdiocese of Atlanta has launched the first video training series based on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' framework for youth ministry. More ...
Friday, December 1, 2017
Pope arrives in Bangladesh, praises country's welcome of Rohingya
DHAKA, Bangladesh – The government and people of Bangladesh have shown exemplary generosity in welcoming hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, despite great demands placed on already limited resources, Pope Francis said. More ...
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Pope, as 'grandfather,' urges Myanmar's young to love and serve

YANGON, Myanmar – Before ending his visit to Myanmar, Pope Francis turned to the nation's young Catholics, urging them to pursue lives of faith, hope and love.

Celebrating Mass Nov. 30 in Yangon's St. Mary's Cathedral, the Pope asked the youths to serve their tiny church and their struggling nation with prayer, solidarity and a defense of human rights.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Buddhists, Christians must reclaim values that lead to peace, pope says
YANGON, Myanmar  -- Christians and Buddhists are called by faith to overcome evil with goodness and violence with peace, Pope Francis said during a meeting with leaders of Myanmar's Buddhist community. More ...
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Jesus maps the path to peace, reconciliation, Pope says during Myanmar Mass
YANGON, Myanmar – Jesus' love "is like a spiritual GPS" that guides people past the everyday obstacles of fear and pride and allows them to find their way to a relationship with God and with their neighbors, Pope Francis said.

Christ's message of "forgiveness and mercy uses a logic that not all will want to understand, and which will encounter obstacles. Yet his love, revealed on the cross is ultimately unstoppable," the Pope said Nov. 29, celebrating his first public Mass in Myanmar.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Respect the rights of all groups, Pope tells Myanmar's leaders
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar – The plight of the ethnic Muslim minority in Myanmar's Rakhine state was front and center in speeches by Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi, but neither publicly used the word Rohingya. More ...
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Pope meets generals after brief welcome by children in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar – Greeted by two dozen children wearing traditional attire and by the nation's bishops, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar Nov. 27 for a four-day visit.

The arrival ceremony at the Yangon airport was brief and led by an envoy of the president, because the formal welcome was scheduled for the next day in Naypyitaw, which has been the capital since 2005.

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Monday, November 27, 2017
USCCB president condemns 'monstrous' attack on worshippers at mosque
WASHINGTON -- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops condemned the Nov. 24 bombing of a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai region, calling it a "monstrous terrorist attack on innocent people at prayer." More ...
Saturday, November 25, 2017
'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



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