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After World War I, church changed mission approach, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY -- World War I and its aftermath changed the map of Europe, but also dismantled the notion of the "state church" in...

Birth of an encyclical: Priest documents preparation of ‘Humanae Vitae’

VATICAN CITY -- Documents in the Vatican Secret Archives and the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prove it was...

Pope shares childhood memories with Italian children

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told Italian schoolchildren that he grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, “the most beautiful city in the world,” and...

Big book of numbers: Vatican volume tracks church statistics

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called for a special Synod of Bishops to focus on the Amazon region not primarily because of the rainforest’s...

Update: Vatican asks German bishops to set aside plans for eucharistic...

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has asked the Catholic bishops’ conference of Germany not to publish nationwide guidelines for allowing Protestants married to Catholics...

Pope, patriarch call for ethical intervention in economy

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople called on Christians to work together to build a culture of solidarity in...

Pope makes college of cardinals more international, not much younger

VATICAN CITY -- Although it is not unusual for a pope to set aside temporarily the limit of 120 cardinals under the age of...

Pope Francis will create 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis announced he would make 14 new cardinals June 29, giving the red cardinal's hat to the papal almoner, the...

All economic activity has moral dimension, doctrinal congregation says

VATICAN CITY — Financial and economic decisions -- everything from where a family chooses to invest its savings to where a multinational corporation declares...

Resignation letter prepared by Blessed Paul VI included in new book

VATICAN CITY -- Thirteen years before his death, Blessed Paul VI had written to the dean of the College of Cardinals to say that...

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