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Context shrouded in mystery in words of Pope Francis and protection...

VATICAN CITY -- While there is no doubt that Pope Francis said civil laws should protect the rights of gay couples, some mystery shrouds...

Have religious leaders pray for peace and greater care for one...

ROME -- The only way to end war and ensure humanity's survival is "through encounter and negotiation, setting aside our conflicts and pursuing reconciliation,...

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople says opposition to death penalty is consequence...

VATICAN CITY — Opposition to the death penalty is the “logical and moral consequence” of recognizing the dignity of all human life and of...

Pope Francis on World Food Day: divert money from military spending...

Repeating a call first made by St. Paul VI, Pope Francis urged a global move to divert money from national military spending and use...

Vatican officials: World Mission Sunday collection still scheduled for Oct. 18

VATICAN CITY -- The collection taken up in parishes around the globe on World Mission Sunday is "as unique as it is rare" because...

On ministry’s 100th anniversary, Vatican updates Apostleship of the Sea to...

VATICAN CITY  -- The Apostleship of the Sea is celebrating its 100th anniversary and changing its name to "Stella Maris," the Latin title of...

Progress in tribunal reform reflected in statistics from Vatican

VATICAN CITY — Catholic bishops and diocesan tribunals are making steady progress in implementing Pope Francis’ reforms to make the annulment process quicker, but...

Young people provide great lesson on ‘synodality,’ Pope Francis writes in...

VATICAN CITY — Young Catholics are giving the church a valuable lesson in the real meaning of “synodality,” Pope Francis wrote. “They have asked us...

Charity is path to perfection when done for Jesus, Pope Francis...

VATICAN CITY -- The central focus of a Christian's life and all he or she does to help others must be Jesus Christ, Pope...

In new term, Supreme Court once again takes up religious liberty

WASHINGTON — As part of what seems to be a new trend for the Supreme Court, it will once again take up a religious...

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