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Pope encourages worldwide prayer in fight against trafficking

VATICAN CITY—The International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking invites people to host or attend a prayer service that fosters awareness of and support for victims of trafficking. The annual day, created with Pope Francis’ encouragement in 2015, is celebrated Feb. 8 — the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped […]


Poverty, humility needed to heal wounded hearts, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Those who proclaim the Gospel must embrace humility and poverty to give an authentic witness to faith and not use others to climb the ladder of success, Pope Francis said. Just as Jesus sent the Apostles out to preach, telling them to take nothing but a walking stick, Jesus wants pastors to be shepherds […]


Archbishop urges Senate to OK bill to protect babies who survive abortion

WASHINGTON—It is “unconscionable” that the U.S. Senate failed to “unanimously declare to the nation that infanticide is objectively wrong,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. “No newborn should be left to suffer or die without medical care. It is barbaric and merciless to leave these vulnerable infants without any care […]


Pope, on flight, talks about dialogue, war, abuse of women religious

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—Pope Francis told reporters he is more afraid of the consequences of not engaging in interreligious dialogue than he is of being manipulated by some Muslim leaders. He told reporters flying back to Rome with him Feb. 5 from Abu Dhabi that people are always saying he’s […]


Archbishop Kurtz calls for end to ‘religious test’ for judicial nominees

WASHINGTON—The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty called on the leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee to end a line of questioning for judicial nominees at confirmation hearings that involves their religious faith. This type of questioning “amounts to a religious test” for serving in office, is unconstitutional and in recent hearings […]


Pope, on Arabian Peninsula, says witness to Christ with love

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—Meeting with tens of thousands of Catholics living in the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis urged them to be meek, peaceful and express their Christian identity by loving others. The UAE Catholic community, which numbers close to 1 million, includes foreign workers from roughly 100 nations, but particularly India and the […]


Archbishop urges ‘renewed vigor’ to protect life, stop ‘evil’ of abortion

WASHINGTON—New York state’s new law allowing abortion essentially “for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy” and similar legislation proposed in Virginia and other states is “evil, pure and simple,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee Feb. 2. “Abortion has always been built on a lie. Today, the lie is switching […]


Catholic school principals get creative in their snow day announcements

DUBUQUE, IOWA—Catholic Schools Week 2019 featured some wild weather, including snow and record-breaking subzero temperatures that created dangerous climatic conditions. Most schools in the Archdiocese of Dubuque had four snow days between Jan. 27-31, which was most of Catholic Schools Week, observed Jan. 27-Feb. 2. Several principals got very creative with how they announced the […]


Pope Francis: Choose every day to follow Jesus

VATICAN CITY—To follow Christ is a choice which must be made day in and day out, Pope Francis said Saturday, explaining that to know the Lord means meeting him in one’s daily life. “The God of life is to be encountered every day of our lives; not now and then, but every day. To follow […]


Pope Francis: World Youth Day was joyful feast for Panama

Fresh from his Apostolic Journey to Panama, Pope Francis relived World Youth Day with the pilgrims present at his General Audience on Jan. 30. One of the things that really struck him during the trip, the pope said, was how parents lifted their children in the air when the Popemobile passed by. “The pride of […]


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