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Ash Wednesday marks start of Lent with sign of penitence

ROME—Lent is a time to receive God’s breath of life, a breath that saves humanity from suffocating under the weight of selfishness, indifference and piety devoid of sincerity, Pope Francis said. “Lent is the time to say no to the asphyxia born of relationships that exclude, that try to find God while avoiding the wounds […]


Abuse survivor quits papal body, citing Vatican resistance to implement recommendations

VATICAN CITY—One of the founding members and the last remaining abuse survivor on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has quit over what she described as resistance coming from Vatican offices against implementing recommendations. Marie Collins, who joined the commission when it was established in 2014, said: “The reluctance of some in the […]


Lent calls people to hope and new life, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Like the people of Israel freed from the bondage of slavery, Christians are called to experience the path toward hope and new life during the Lenten season, Pope Francis said. Through his passion, death and resurrection, Jesus “has opened up for us a way that leads to a full, eternal and blessed life,” the […]


Don’t worry how it’s spent, always give homeless a handout, pope says

VATICAN CITY—People who don’t give money to the homeless because they think it will be spent on alcohol and not food should ask themselves what guilty pleasures they are secretly spending money on, Pope Francis said. There are many excuses to justify why one doesn’t lend a hand when asked by a person begging on […]


Vandalism at Jewish cemeteries decried, called hateful actions

PHILADELPHIA—Responding to the destruction of some 100 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Feb. 27 deplored the “senseless acts of mass vandalism.” The gravestones were discovered toppled over from their bases the previous morning at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Northeast Philadelphia. The archbishop issued a statement in which he called […]


Pope Francis furthers the sainthood causes of five men, two women

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of two medical doctors and six religious — many of whom died just a generation ago. The pope approved the decrees during an audience Feb. 27 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. The pope recognized the martyrdom of Salesian Father Titus Zeman, who […]


USCCB committee chairmen applaud decision on transgender directive

WASHINGTON—The chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees Feb. 24 praised President Donald Trump’s repeal of President Barack Obama’s administration’s directive on transgender access to bathrooms. The guidance, issued last May by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education, “indicated that public pre-K through 12 schools, as well as all colleges and universities, […]


U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on border shooting of Mexican teenager

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court took on a U.S-Mexico border issue Feb. 21 when it examined if the parents of a Mexican teenager can sue the U.S. border agent who shot and killed their son. During the oral arguments, the justices seemed divided over who was responsible for the action. Some of the justices stressed that it […]


South Sudan bishops condemn atrocities, appeal for help to prevent starvation of millions

MANCHESTER, England—South Sudan’s Catholic bishops asked for the world’s help to prevent mass starvation that threatens the lives of more than 5 million people. In a separate statement, they also said the looming famine was a man-made catastrophe. They denounced government and rebel troops for attacking the civilian population and at times operating “scorched-earth” policies […]


Discovery of Earth-sized planets boosts hope of finding alien life

VATICAN CITY—The quest to find life on other planets got a boost when astronomers confirmed the existence of at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf star just 40 light years away. Three of the planets are located in the so-called “habitable” zone, a kind of “Goldilocks” sweet spot in that their distance from […]


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