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Pope Francis establishes formal ministry, says being a catechist is a...

VATICAN CITY — Calling for formal recognition of “those lay men and women who feel called by virtue of their baptism to cooperate in...

Pope Francis celebrates name day visiting those who came to Vatican...

VATICAN CITY  -- Celebrating his name day, the feast of St. George, Pope Francis was serenaded by hundreds of Rome's most vulnerable residents and...

Religious freedom encounters increased violations globally, papal charity finds

VATICAN CITY — The religious persecution exercised by China and North Korea, restrictions on religious freedom in dozens of countries and the continuing threat...

Pope Francis on Divine Mercy Sunday: All Christians are called to...

ROME  -- Like the disciples, who experienced Jesus' divine mercy after the resurrection, all Christians are called to become missionaries, sharing the Gospel of...

Cardinal Michael Czerny offers ideas for extended Easter season after too-long...

VATICAN CITY — After what feels like “a truly trying Lent of 400-plus days” because of the coronavirus pandemic, Christians need to “envisage and...

At chrism Mass, Pope Francis says sharing the Gospel means embracing...

VATICAN CITY — Living and preaching the Gospel always involves embracing “the cross,” whether it be in the form of misunderstanding, hostility or outright...

Amid the ruins, Pope Francis urges Iraqi people to reaffirm kinship...

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis summarized his “pilgrimage of faith and penitence” to Iraq in a prayer: “If God is the God of life —...

Pope Francis talks about risk on his return trip from Iraq,...

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM IRAQ  -- The Catholic Church's commitment to dialogue with other churches and with other religions flows from the Gospel,...

Pope Francis at Mass in Irbil: ‘Here in Iraq … your...

IRBIL, Iraq -- Having witnessed or even experienced persecution for their faith, the Christians of Iraq must be careful not to harbor thoughts of...

Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, influential leader of Shiite Muslims in Iraq, meets...

NASIRIYAH, Iraq -- In a low-key meeting followed closely in Iraq and beyond, Pope Francis and Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the influential leader of Shiite...

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