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Pope’s morning homily: A papal Mass is God’s time, not a...

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — An invitation to attend Pope Francis’ early morning Mass is a hot ticket in Rome, but the pope said...

Chinese Catholics begin new year by honoring ancestors

CHICAGO — Outside the wooden doors of St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church in Chicago, the piercing crackle of hundreds of firecrackers ushered in the...

Scotland’s Catholic bishops disappointed by same-sex marriage bill

EDINBURGH, Scotland — The Scottish Parliament has passed a bill that will allow same-sex marriages to be performed later this year, but religious organizations...

Indian cardinal opposes criminalizing same-sex relationships

BANGALORE, India — The head of the Catholic Church in India has reiterated its opposition to “criminalization” of homosexuality. “It is for the government and...

Kentucky bishop named to Harrisburg

Bishop Ronald W. Gainer of Lexington, Ky., has been named to head the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa., and the vicar general of the Diocese...

Youths must help world see God has plan for ‘each life,’...

WASHINGTON — Braving near-record low temperatures and Arctic-type wind chills, thousands of young people from across the Archdiocese of Washington and the United States...

‘Nine Days for Life: Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage’ Jan.19-26

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Catholic bishops are sponsoring "Nine Days for Life: Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage," planned for Jan....

Stockton, Calif., diocese files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

STOCKTON, Calif. — The decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection was difficult for the Diocese of Stockton but will allow it to...

Vatican officials address U.N. panel looking at abuse of children

VATICAN CITY — Testifying before the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, a Vatican representative acknowledged the horror of clerical sexual abuse...

Prayers urged for victims of chemical spill in W.Va.

WHEELING, W.Va. — Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston asked the state's Catholics to join him in praying for the 300,000 people affected by...

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