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Meet your Vatican softball team … well, not exactly

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican announced its plans to take a leap of faith into the wide world of sports with the creation of...

‘Nationalistic tendencies’ threaten world peace, pope tells diplomats

VATICAN CITY — As it did prior to the Second World War, the rise of nationalism in the world poses a threat to peace...

Vatican Nativity scene brings much-needed warmth to people’s hearts

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The annual unveiling of the Vatican's Christmas tree and Nativity scene brought some much-needed warmth to people's hearts as winter...

Pope Francis reminds us generosity matters and excess is avoidable

VATICAN CITY -- The desire to spend vast amounts on shopping and needless extravagances can prevent Christians from being generous with others, Pope Francis...

Pope Francis visit to World Youth Day in Panama includes visits...

VATICAN CITY -- When Pope Francis visits Panama for World Youth Day in January, he will meet with young people not able to attend...

Simple Christians: Ordinary Trappist martyrs gave extraordinary witness

VATICAN CITY — After Islamic terrorists stormed the Algerian monastery he called home, Trappist Father Christian de Cherge felt compelled to put pen to...

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...

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