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Italy grants citizenship in effort to help child Alfie Evans

VATICAN CITY -- The Italian government granted citizenship to Alfie Evans, a seriously ill British toddler, in a last-minute effort to prevent doctors in...

Pope calls German cardinal to Rome to discuss eucharistic sharing

  VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis has asked the president of the German bishops' conference to come to Rome to discuss pastoral guidelines for possibly...

‘Seamless garment’ revisited: Pope insists all life deserves defense

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis insisted that the lives of the unborn and of the poor are “equally sacred,” he was not trying...

‘Is my dad in heaven,’ little boy asks Pope Francis

  ROME -- After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood's...

Gospel calls Christians to reject economy that exploits, pope says

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY -- The Gospel requires Christians to "denounce personal and social sins committed against God and neighbor in the name of...

“Gaudete et Exsultate”: Holiness means being loving, not boring, pope says

  VATICAN CITY  -- God calls all Christians to be saints -- not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer...

Pope’s Easter appeal for peace includes special prayers for Syria, Gaza

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY -- In his Easter appeal for peace throughout the world, Pope Francis made special mention of the ongoing "carnage" in...

Christ is victorious over all that divides people, pope says

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY -- Easter is a feast that calls Christians to gather together, make a commitment to dialogue and to work for...

‘Cry out,’ pope tells young people at Palm Sunday Mass

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting “hosanna”...

U.S. Papal Foundation announces period of reflection, re-evaluation

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After disagreement over funding a $25-million-grant request from the Vatican was leaked to the press, the leadership of the U.S.-based...

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