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Pope Francis greets a group of migrants during his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican June 8, 2016. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters) See POPE-AUDIENCE-CANA June 8, 2016.
Pope: Reject populist rhetoric and welcome migrants

VATICAN CITY—Indifference, fueled by populist rhetoric in today’s world, fans the flames of rejection that threaten the rights and dignity of migrants, Pope Francis said. Refugees escaping persecution, violence and poverty are often shunned and deemed as “unworthy of our attention, a rival or someone to be bent to our will,” the pope told participants […]


Participants recite the rosary during a religious freedom rally June 27 at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic) See ELECTION-RELIGIOUS-FREEDOM Sept. 16, 2016.
USCCB leaders urge Trump to protect religious liberty

WASHINGTON—Catholic Church leaders in a Feb. 16 statement said they were encouraged that President Donald Trump may be considering an executive order to protect religious freedom and said they would be grateful if he would move forward with the pledge that his administration would “do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty.” […]


Members of the Sharif family share tea at their home in Chicago Feb. 4. They made their way to the United States from Pakistan 20 months ago after being targeted and threatened by a Muslim extremist group. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic) See REFUGEES-PERSECUTION Feb. 16, 2017.
Refugee family now in Chicago shares experiences of fleeing religious persecution

CHICAGO—The Sharifs were living contentedly in Pakistan when life turned into a nightmare in 2012. An al Qaida-related group called BLA targeted Amir Sharif, a Catholic and a well-known professor at a university in Quetta. He was told to embrace Islam or leave the country. Amir, 45, and his wife, Saira, 30, a high school […]


Father Dan Rupp, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Sioux City, places ashes on the forehead of six-grader Samir Arbizu after a Feb. 14 talk with a class at Holy Cross School-Blessed Sacrament center about the upcoming Ash Wednesday observance. (CNS photo/Jerry L Mennenga) See LENT-STUDENTS-LESSON Feb. 16, 2017.
Pastor suggests giving of your time as part of Lent

SIOUX CITY, Iowa—Holy Cross-Blessed Sacrament sixth-graders started Lent on Valentine’s Day — sort of. Father Daniel Rupp, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Sioux City, took time Feb. 14 to talk to the students about the importance of Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season. This year it is March 1. “How many […]


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Consult, respect indigenous peoples and their land, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Development projects involving indigenous communities must be planned in consultation with them and must respect their traditional relationship to the land, Pope Francis said. Having the “prior and informed consent” of the native communities who could be impacted by development projects is essential for “peaceful cooperation between governing authorities and indigenous peoples, overcoming confrontation […]


Cub Scouts prepare to participate in the presentation of the gifts during a Mass marking Scout Sunday at St. Joseph Church in Kings Park, N.Y., Feb. 5. Scout Sunday is celebrated annually by the Boy Scouts of America to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
New gender policy won’t affect Catholic Scouting units, committee says

IRVING, Texas—The Boy Scouts of America’s new policy to accept members based on their gender identity will have no impact on Scouting units sponsored by the Catholic Church, said the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. The Boy Scouts announced Jan. 30 that effective immediately, the Texas-based organization will determine membership eligibility for Cub Scouts and […]


Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, is pictured in a 2000 photo. Bishop Virgilio Antunes of Coimbra, Portugal, formally closed the local phase of investigation into her life and holiness Feb. 13 in the Carmelite convent of St. Teresa in Coimbra, where she resided until her death in 2005 at the age of 97. (CNS photo/Paulo Carrico, EPA) See FATIMA-LUCIA-CAUSE Feb. 14, 2017.
Local phase of Fatima visionary’s sainthood cause completed

VATICAN CITY—The Diocese of Coimbra concluded its phase of the sainthood cause of Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. Bishop Virgilio Antunes of Coimbra formally closed the local phase of investigation into her life and holiness Feb. 13 in the Carmelite convent of […]


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The Church helps celebrate love and marriage every day

WASHINGTON, D.C.—It’s Valentine’s Day, and in countries across the world, people are focused on love and marriage. But for the Catholic Church, the celebration of — and support for — marriage is not limited to one day, but all year round. “Marriage is not private,” explained Father Richard Kramer, director of Family Life and Pastoral […]


Pope Francis celebrates the Eucharist during a Mass for the opening of the general assembly of Caritas Internationalis in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican May 12. At left is Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the outgoing head of Caritas Internationalis. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-CARITAS May 12, 2015.
Council of Cardinals publicly expresses support of pope

VATICAN CITY—After a handful of public challenges to Pope Francis’ teaching and authority, the members of the pope’s international Council of Cardinals began their February meeting expressing their “full support” for his work. Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, coordinator of the council, began the meeting Feb. 13 assuring the pope of the cardinals’ “full support […]


Pope Francis greets a person in a wheelchair Feb. 10 during a Vatican audience with people attending a meeting on health care ministry. The pope said a nation's health care system cannot be run simply as a business because human lives are at stake. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) See POPE-HEALTH-CARE Feb. 10, 2017.
Health care is not a business, but a service to life, pope says

VATICAN CITY—A nation’s health care system cannot be run simply as a business because human lives are at stake, Pope Francis said. “If there is a sector in which the ‘throwaway culture’ demonstrates its most painful consequences, it is the health care sector,” the pope told patients, medical professionals, pastors and volunteers attending a meeting […]


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