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Saint Leo survey gives Pope Francis high marks

LEO, FLORIDA—Pope Francis continues to garner favorable opinion among Americans, according to a new Saint Leo University Polling Institute survey (http://polls.saintleo.edu). The most recent poll shows his favorability at 68.7 percent, up from 65.6 percent in February, and 62.9 percent in November 2017. This online poll was conducted nationally among 1,000 adults between May 25 […]


Bishops across U.S. condemn separation, detention of children

WASHINGTON—From Denver to New York City, the country’s Catholic bishops have joined a chorus of organizations, institutions and high-profile individuals urging the Trump administration to stop separating children from their parents as they seek respite in the U.S. from dire conditions in their home countries, largely in Central America. None have been more outspoken, however, […]


Pope: Aborting children with birth defects is a form of eugenics

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis denounced the practice of administering prenatal tests to determine birth defects that often lead to abortions, comparing it to the Nazi-era eugenics program that determined what lives were worth keeping or eliminating. Children are God’s greatest gift and should be welcomed “as they come, as God sends them, as God allows, even […]


U.S. officials return stolen Columbus letter back to Vatican Library

VATICAN CITY—With the help of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a 15th-century copy of a letter Christopher Columbus sent to his royal patrons describing the riches of the New World has been returned to its rightful owner — the Vatican. The rare eight-page document, estimated to be worth $1.2 million, had been secretly replaced […]


At spring assembly in Florida, U.S. bishops decry Sessions’ asylum decision

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—The U.S. bishops June 13 decried U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision that asylum seekers fleeing domestic or gang violence cannot find protection in the United States. “At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life,” the bishops’ statement said. They urged the nation’s policymakers and courts “to respect […]


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Biggest danger in life is fear, settling for less, pope says

VATICAN CITY—The worst enemies in a young person’s life aren’t the problems they may face, Pope Francis said. The biggest dangers are being unwilling to find a way to adapt, mediocrity by settling for the status quo, and fear, he said at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square June 13. “It is necessary to […]


Pope tells children to remember their spiritual roots

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis told Italian schoolchildren that he grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, “the most beautiful city in the world,” and that besides playing soccer, he loved to fly kites as a child. “We would make them with cane and paper, light paper. We made them ourselves,” the pope told about 500 children from […]


How Catholic schools foster self-discipline offers lessons, says study

WASHINGTON—A new study conducted by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found that children in Catholic schools are less disruptive and have more self-control than their peers in non-Catholic or public schools. The authors of the study said they believe that examining students’ self-discipline is particularly important in light of the ongoing debate about externally imposed […]


Religious freedom in U.S., around world focus of June 22-29 observance

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Catholic Church’s 2018 religious freedom observance begins June 22, the feast of two English martyrs who fought religious persecution — Sts. John Fisher and St. Thomas More — and ends June 29, the feast of two apostles martyred in Rome — Sts. Peter and Paul. Religious Freedom Week runs within the USCCB’s Fortnight for […]


Pope leads prayers for U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore

VATICAN CITY—Leading thousands of people in prayer, Pope Francis said he hoped the upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea would lead to lasting peace. After praying the Angelus with an estimated 20,000 people in St. Peter’s Square June 10, the pope said he wanted to convey “a special thought to the beloved […]


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