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Ukrainian Church leaders condemn police violence

December 9, 2013

The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and other Catholic leaders condemned police violence against "peaceful demonstrations" after President Viktor Yanukovich's decision not to seek closer ties with the European Union.

Pope: As death approaches, stay close to Jesus

December 9, 2013

The thought of death and losing a loved one is scary when there is no faith in Jesus guiding people to an everlasting life, Pope Francis said.

Pope expected to proclaim sainthood of early Jesuit

Blessed Peter Faber

December 9, 2013

Pope Francis is expected to issue a decree declaring one of his favorite Jesuits, Blessed Peter Faber, a saint.

The decree is likely to take the form of what the Vatican terms an "equivalent canonization."

Despite typhoon, diocese ordains 7 priests

December 9, 2013

Seven priests of the Archdiocese of Palo, Philippines, were ordained amid the ruins of the typhoon-ravaged Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in Nov. 25 ceremonies.

German bishops eye new rules for divorced Catholics

December 9, 2013

Church officials in Germany defended plans by the country's bishops' conference to allow some divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion, insisting they have the pope's endorsement.

Pope Francis prays for victims of sex abuse

Pope Francis

December 9, 2013

In his clearest public reference as pope to the subject of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis urged bishops to support abuse victims while also reaching out to priests who have "fallen short of their commitments."

Movie on Jerusalem

December 9, 2013

This is a scene from the 3-D movie Jerusalem. The Imax film looks at the holy city through the eyes of three teenage girls.

Pope marks 80th anniversary of Ukraine famine

December 2, 2013

The day before he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis greeted Ukrainians marking the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor or “Terror-Famine of Ukraine.”

Striving for profit tempts one toward ‘slavery’ – pope

December 2, 2013

In a world where profit reigns over human dignity, solidarity has become a “dirty word” and risks being removed from the dictionary, Pope Francis said.

Confession renews grace of Baptism, pope says

December 2, 2013

With Baptism, Christians are cleansed of sin, but the sacrament doesn’t wash away human weakness nor the obligation to ask forgiveness when they make mistakes, Pope Francis said.

‘Luxury bishop’ pays fine in perjury case

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst

December 2, 2013

The so-called “luxury bishop” or “Bishop Bling” of Limburg, Germany, agreed to pay a fine of 20,000 euros rather than contest charges that he perjured himself before the Hamburg District Court.

Abandonment of elderly worsens quality of life

December 2, 2013

More people live longer, but their quality of life may actually worsen because too often the elderly are not respected and, when they get ill, they may be abandoned, said speakers at a Vatican conference.

Chemin Neuf works with Archbishop of Canterbury

December 2, 2013

A Catholic group with “an ecumenical vocation” will establish a community of prayer at the headquarters of the leader of worldwide Anglican Communion.

Pope goes to Confession every two weeks

December 2, 2013

Pope Francis said he goes to Confession every two weeks, knowing that God never tires of forgiving those who repent, but also knowing that having a priest say “I absolve you” reinforces belief in God’s mercy.

Catholic education faces secular challenge – Garvey

December 2, 2013

Catholic education should not be taken for granted, John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, told a group of Catholic journalists Nov. 7.

Relics of St. Peter

December 2, 2013

Pope Francis holds a bronze reliquary containing the relics of St. Peter the Apostle on the altar during a Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Nov. 24.

Philippine cardinal in Rome

December 2, 2013

Pope Francis embraces Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila before blessing a mosaic of St. Pedro Calungsod during a meeting with the Philippine community at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Nov. 21.

Pope’s spiritual medicine: Pray the daily rosary

November 25, 2013

Pope Francis admitted he isn’t a pharmacist, but he didn’t hesitate serving as the spokesman for the heart-healthy benefits of 59 little pills strung together: the rosary.

Pope to issue statement on proclaiming Gospel

November 25, 2013

The Vatican will publish Pope Francis’ first apostolic exhortation Nov. 26, two days after he formally delivers it to the Church at a Mass concluding the 2012-13 Year of Faith.

Use media to reach the young, says Barron

Fr. Robert Barron

November 25, 2013

Chicago priest Father Robert Barron has a dream – for another grand, sweeping documentary on Catholicism.