Organizers of this year's World Youth Day say the figures for registration and requests to volunteer are higher than ever and auger well for a successful gathering in Madrid in August.
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Pope Benedict will travel in greener style in the future when a project for a new hybrid popemobile gets off the drawing board and on to the road, a papal spokesman said.
Members of the College of Cardinals celebrated Pope Benedict's 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination by making a personal donation to pay for a special lunch for hundreds of poor people living in Rome.
Archbishop Gerald Lacroix of Quebec waves after greeting Pope Benedict.
Many pro-life faculty on college campuses in the U.S. and Canada have experienced a strong sense of isolation and disrespect for their views, said the new president of University Faculty for Life.
Pope Benedict warned that when people forget God they risk falling under the influence of modern forms of idolatry, such as totalitarianism or nihilism.
The U.S.-born rector of Ukraine's Catholic university said his country is "living in dark times" and accused state security services of placing him under surveillance.
Taking on the issue of physician-assisted suicide, the U.S. bishops declared suicide "a terrible tragedy, one that a compassionate society should work to prevent."
John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, says the university will take a stand against binge drinking and the "culture of hooking up" by phasing out co-ed dorms.
Pope Benedict will award three European theologians the Ratzinger Prize for their excellence in theological studies.
Father John Corapi, a well-known speaker and former EWTN-TV host, declared June 17 he is leaving the priesthood.
Hedonism clouds people's judgment and risks annihilating morality, Pope Benedict said.
Masked revelers dressed as devils take part in a parade in Ocumare, Venezuela, June 23.
He has only been at the Vatican for four months, but Brazilian Archbishop Joao Braz de Aviz is already getting good reviews.
A new Vatican instruction on the extraordinary form of the Mass intends to make it easier for Catholics who want to worship this way to do so.
Catholic clergy in the Philippines are urging fellow Catholics to voice their disapproval of a bill pending in the country's Congress that would legalize divorce.
Registration has opened for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in 2012, and organizers hope the event will help reinvigorate the Irish Church.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin chided Vatican officials for delaying release of a report of last year's apostolic visitation investigating the Irish Church's past handling of clergy sex abuse cases and current procedures for preventing abuse.
The head of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection credited the passage of laws in the 1970s to protect women and children with leading to a decline in child sexual abuse.
Spain's National Court has invoked a special law to order the arrest and trial of 20 former Salvadoran military officers for the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter.