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Decentralization, simplification heart of curial reform, council official says

ROME — Pope Francis’ call for a missionary church that is focused on preaching the Gospel will be the guiding principle of the apostolic...

World has not learned lessons from Great War, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY — The brutality of the First World War is a lesson that the world has yet to learn, Pope Francis said. World War...

Sacraments are not for sale, pope says at Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The sacraments are gifts from God that are given freely and are not a way for the church to fill...

Bishops sign document calling for action against climate change

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Six bishops representing episcopal conferences on five continents issued a joint statement calling on the international community to take immediate...

Pope, meeting South Korean leader, says he’s open to visiting North

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, at a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said he is willing to visit North Korea. North Korean leader...

Women’s voice needed to fight clericalism, ‘macho’ culture, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY — The church needs to further integrate women into ecclesial life to confront the problems of clericalism and an exaggerated sense of...

Latin American bishops say young want a sincere, welcoming church

VATICAN CITY — Bishops from Chile and Puerto Rico told the Synod of Bishops that the church must do more to help young people...

Pope expels two Chilean bishops accused of sex abuse from priesthood

VATICAN CITY -- In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis removed from the priesthood two Chilean bishops accused of sexual abuse. In a statement released Oct....

Blessed Oscar Romero stood up for his beliefs and it led...

VATICAN CITY -- A new documentary about Blessed Oscar Romero, featuring a rare interview with him, revealed the martyred archbishop's thoughts regarding accusations that...

Mercy, love can heal wounded marriages, pope says

VATICAN CITY — God wants couples to live out their marriage faithfully and not abandon hope when things go awry, Pope Francis said. “A love...

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