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Holy Church welcomes sinners, says pope

October 14, 2013

If the Church excluded sinners, it would pretty much be empty, Pope Francis told thousands of people gathered for his weekly general audience.

Vatican bank takes another step to transparency

October 14, 2013

As part of its continuing efforts to promote transparency and to demonstrate its stability and adherence to industry standards, the Vatican bank published its annual report for the first time.

Religious vocations jump in Britain

October 14, 2013

Janet Hopper said that when she started as a novice at the Society of the Sacred Heart, she thought, "This is completely mad." She had never imagined herself as a religious.

U.S. Catholics agree with pope's interview comments

October 14, 2013

A new poll shows that nearly 70 per cent of U.S. Catholics agree with comments made by Pope Francis in his recent extensive interview with a Jesuit Italian journal where he stressed that Catholics cannot "insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods."

Defend the defenceless, but avoid war – bishop

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti

October 14, 2013

An international obligation to intervene in situations of war or widespread violations of human rights does not mean a country or group of countries can decide to take military action in another nation, said the Vatican's foreign minister.

Pope deplores another migrant tragedy

October 14, 2013

The Cold War has ended and the Berlin Wall has fallen, but war and the threat of war continue and migrants are still dying as they travel in search of safety and a better life, Pope Francis said.

Ghetto classics

October 14, 2013

A man plays an instrument during a training session in a program run by the Orchestra of Ghetto Classics in a slum of Nairobi, Kenya, Oct. 6.

John XXIII, John Paul II to be canonized in April

October 7, 2013

Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized as saints on April 27, the Sunday following Easter.

Vatican clears bishop of financial wrongdoing

October 7, 2013

German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg has been cleared of wrongdoing by the Vatican, after priests and lay Catholics accused him of personal extravagance and lack of accountability.

Canada’s nuncio called back to Rome

Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana

October 7, 2013

Pope Francis has called Canada’s apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana, back to Rome after three years as the Holy See’s ambassador to Canada.

Ukrainian churches oppose expanded rights for gays

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk

October 7, 2013

Churches in Ukraine are opposing expanded freedoms for homosexuals as a precondition for closer ties with the Europe Union.

Peruvian bishop laicized for sexual misconduct

October 7, 2013

The president of the Peruvian bishops’ conference confirmed the dismissal and laicization of an auxiliary bishop because of sexual misconduct, but offered no further details about the case.

Philippine bishops call for release of hostages

October 7, 2013

Bishops in southern Philippines have condemned rebels’ use of hostages as human shields in gunfights with government troops.

Pope encourages interfaith dialogue for peace

October 7, 2013

Peace is so difficult to find because men and women struggle to stop focusing on their own interests long enough to listen to and learn from others, Pope Francis said.

Jesus creates problems, pope says in homily

Jesus Christ

October 7, 2013

People will not find Jesus by hanging out in first-class lounges or in the library, but by being out and about in the real world and in prayer, Pope Francis said.

Making peace

October 7, 2013

Rival gang members play each other in the Peace Tournament in St. Sabina’s Church gym Sept. 22 in Chicago.

Tattoo parlor owner wears his faith on his sleeve

September 30, 2013

On entering Stuart Randell’s tattoo parlor in Fremantle, Australia, visitors are greeted with the seemingly unusual.

Communicators must be passionate, says pope

September 30, 2013

Helping the Church get the Gospel message out to the digital world depends more on a loving passion for reaching out to others than being tech savvy or a verbal warrior, Pope Francis told Catholic communicators.

Moms need support too,says family law expert

September 30, 2013

Many doors have opened in the past several decades for women in education and employment, but little has been done to support women as mothers and wives, said a U.S. expert in family law.

Diocese may open cause for Chesterton

September 30, 2013

The bishop of Northampton, England, has appointed a priest to investigate the possibility of opening the cause for sainthood of G.K. Chesterton, a British journalist and author of the early 20th century.

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