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Foster unity and peace, Pope tells Papal Foundation

12 hours 12 min ago

Pope Francis received members of the US-based Papal Foundation in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on April 27 and expressed his gratitude “for your desire to assist the Church’s efforts to proclaim that message of hope to the ends of the earth and to work for the spiritual and material advancement of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, especially in developing countries.”

16 nations named ‘egregious’ religious-freedom violators

12 hours 25 min ago

In its newly released annual report, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is urging the State Department to designate or redesignate 16 nations as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs) because they are nations in which there are “particularly severe violations of religious freedom that are systematic, ongoing and egregious.”

Jesuit Islam expert: Pope is visiting Egypt to foster ties with al-Azhar

12 hours 43 min ago

An Egyptian Jesuit expert on Islam said that Pope Francis is visiting Egypt to foster ties with al-Azhar University, which holds a position of high respect in the Sunni Muslim world.

USCCB, Catholic Charities: don’t cut domestic anti-poverty programs

13 hours 11 min ago

Citing a dozen federal programs by name, the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA called upon members of Congress to “oppose proposed damaging cuts or structural changes to domestic anti-poverty programs that would undermine assistance to people in need.”

Cardinal Dolan criticizes Democratic Party chairman’s pro-abortion comments

13 hours 26 min ago

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee said that the Committee would not support pro-life Democratic candidates—prompting criticism from Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

Vatican support for Venezuelan cardinal

13 hours 42 min ago

The Vatican has expressed support for Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, two weeks after a leftist mob burst into a basilica where he was celebrating Mass.

Tensions mount as Knights of Malta face vote for new leader

04/26/2017 - 12:36pm

Leaders of the Knights of Malta have recommended that members select an interim leader, as the date for the election of a new grand master approaches.

Council of Cardinals concludes meetings, sets new session for June

04/26/2017 - 12:15pm

The Council of Cardinals has concluded a 3-day meeting, during which the group discussed plans for the possible reorganization of the Congregation for Evangelization,. the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization, and the Vatican tribunals.

Brazilian bishop backs national strike to oppose government austerity plan

04/26/2017 - 11:18am

A Brazilian bishop has endorsed a national strike, called by union leaders for April 28 to protest the government’s plans for labor and pension reforms.

Friar killed, deacon hurt as robbers hit Madagascar friary

04/26/2017 - 11:15am

A Capuchin friar was killed and a deacon badly wounded when would-be robbers broke into a friary in Madagascar on April 22, the Fides news service reports.

Pakistan: tight security measures make Christian schools like prisons

04/26/2017 - 11:09am

Catholic schools in Pakistan have begun to look like prisons because of the security measures that are needed to guard against terrorist attacks, Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore has said.

Irish Catholic hospital agrees to provide legal abortion services

04/26/2017 - 11:02am

St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, an institution administered by the Sisters of Charity, has agreed to provide legal abortions, as part of a deal that will make the National Maternity Hospital a part of St. Vincent’s.

Study finds increasing repression of religious believers

04/26/2017 - 2:35am

The Pew Research Center has released a study finding that repression of groups of religious believers is on the increase.

Mexico: archdiocese denounces killing of women

04/26/2017 - 2:27am

The publication of the Archdiocese of Mexico City has denounced domestic violence and the killing of women.

Prelates call on Europe to be ‘free of populism,’ return to ‘Christian and human values’

04/26/2017 - 2:13am

The primates of Poland, Francis, Spain, and Bohemia gathered in Gniezno, Poland, for the 600th anniversary of the decision that the archbishop of Gniezno would also be Primate of Poland.

Pope Francis gives surprise TED talk at conference on ‘the future you’

04/26/2017 - 1:35am

Pope Francis has made a surprise recorded video appearance at the annual TED conference in Vancouver.

Pope offers Mass for Coptic patriarch

04/26/2017 - 1:30am

Pope Francis offered Mass on April 25, the Feast of St. Mark, for Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Pope reflects on ‘the promise that gives hope’

04/26/2017 - 12:53am

Reflecting on Christ’s words at the conclusion of St. Matthew’s Gospel (“I am with you all days, to the end of the age”), Pope Francis devoted his April 26 general audience to “the promise that gives hope.”

Norcia monastery to move outside town

04/25/2017 - 6:24am

The Benedictine monks who established a community in Norcia in 2000 have announced plans to move out of the town, to set up a new monastery in the neighboring hills.

Indian archbishop accused of attempting to poison former archdiocesan spokesman

04/25/2017 - 6:14am

An Indian priest has filed a criminal complaint alleging that his archbishop attemped to poison him, in a bizarre legal case.