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Bishops urge Trump to honor Paris climate pact for the planet

WASHINGTON—The United States has an obligation to honor the Paris climate agreement to protect “our people and our planet” and “mitigate the worst impacts of climate change,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops “is on record supporting prudent action to mitigate the […]


Restorers unveil frescoed chambers in the Catacombs of St. Domitilla

ROME—Under a mown hayfield, whose dried-out stalks crunch underfoot, lies the four-level labyrinth of the early Christian Catacombs of St. Domitilla. Ten miles of tunnels, carved out of soft volcanic tuff rock, snake and fork out in a dizzying number of different directions. Luckily, capsule bulbs of lights strung sparsely overhead work like Hansel and […]


Military archdiocese completes phase in cause for chaplain

WASHINGTON—A tribunal of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services has wrapped up its nearly four-year inquiry into whether the life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, a Vietnam War hero and U.S. Navy chaplain, merits consideration for sainthood. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, who heads the Washington-based military archdiocese, announced May 21 that the archdiocesan phase […]


Pope Francis grants plenary indulgence for Fatima centennial

For the Jubilee Year of Fatima, Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity — the removal of the temporal punishment due for sins — for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, which runs to Nov. 26. There are three ways to obtain the indulgence, detailed in a statement from […]


Pope: God is no warlord claiming victory with enemies’ blood

VATICAN CITY—If it seems hard to find God in this world, it is because he chooses to be with the defeated and dejected and in places where most people are loath to go, Pope Francis said. “God does not like to be loved the way a warlord would like, dragging his people to victory, debasing […]


Gunmen take Catholic hostages; Philippines’ Duterte imposes martial law

MANILA, Philippines—Gunmen claiming to have links with the Islamic State group threatened to kill hostages, including a Catholic priest, who were taken from the southern Philippine city of Marawi May 23. President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the entire Muslim-majority region of Mindanao late May 23, but ucanews.com reported that many, including church leaders, […]


Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, “I won’t forget what you said.” The atmosphere at the beginning was formal and a bit stiff. However, the mood lightened when Pope Francis […]


Pope, English church leaders offer prayers after concert attack

MANCHESTER, England—Pope Francis decried the “barbaric attack” on concertgoers in Manchester, adding his voice to Catholic leaders dismayed at what British officials said was the deadliest case of terrorism since 2005. In a telegram sent to English church officials on Pope Francis’ behalf, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said the pope “was deeply […]


Fatima trip shows pope’s respect for pilgrims’ faith

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis is not shy about showing his love for Mary in public and, like many Latin American bishops, he strongly has resisted attempts to dismiss as superstitious or “simple,” in a negative sense, popular devotion to the mother of God. The pope’s devotion and his respect for those who turn to Mary in […]


Mary teaches people to hope in life’s darkest moments

VATICAN CITY—Mary, like many mothers throughout the world, is an example of strength and courage in accepting new life and in sharing the suffering of their children, Pope Francis said. Although she had no idea of what awaited her when she accepted to bear God’s son, “Mary in that instant appears to us like one […]


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