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Church must promote pastoral approach to human life, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY — To fight a throwaway culture that pressures women to view abortion as the only alternative to a difficult pregnancy, the Catholic...

Conscientious objections in health care must be lodged respectfully, Pope Francis...

VATICAN CITY -- When doctors, nurses and health care workers conscientiously object to a procedure to protect the life and dignity of their patients,...

Pope’s Romania visit could heal Catholic-Orthodox relations, expert says

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis makes his 30th international trip, visiting Romania in late May, he is likely to receive a different, more...

Pope saddened by church attack in Burkina Faso

VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis expressed his closeness to and prayers for the victims of a shooting at a Catholic Church in Burkina Faso,...

Pope Francis to new priests: Be merciful ministers of Christ

VATICAN CITY — The priesthood is not a "cultural association or a union," but a ministry of mercy anchored on Christ's mission to bring...

Without Holy Spirit, dioceses can become worldly businesses, says Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY — A diocese that cares more about being an organized workplace rather than announcing the good news can fall prey to clericalism...

Chilean bishops fear new measure would enforce breaking confession seal

VATICAN CITY — Chilean bishops said that while they support legislation requiring priests and religious authorities to report crimes, they also fear that an...

Pope Francis: God’s glory is shown on the cross

VATICAN CITY  -- The glory of God is not manifested with fanfare and applause but displayed through the love of Jesus' sacrifice on the...

Notre Dame fire showed that beauty still matters, art historian says

VATICAN CITY -- As people in Paris and around the world watched in horror as flames consumed the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral, the...

Pope Francis: Organ donation fosters culture of life, however, must be...

VATICAN CITY — When done ethically and free of charge, organ donation is a selfless gesture that contributes to fostering a culture of life,...

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