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Pope apologizes to those who have felt ignored by the church

VATICAN CITY—Speaking on behalf of all adult Catholics, Pope Francis formally closed the Synod of Bishops by asking young people for forgiveness. “Forgive us if often we have not listened to you; if, instead of opening our hearts, we have filled your ears. As Christ’s church, we want to listen to you with love” because […]

Bishops sign document calling for action against climate change

VATICAN CITY—Six bishops representing episcopal conferences on five continents issued a joint statement calling on the international community to take immediate action against climate change. Addressing world leaders who will be attending the COP24 Summit in Katowice, Poland, in December, the bishops urged them to take concrete steps “in order to tackle and overcome the […]

Election guides help form conscience before voters cast ballot

WASHINGTON­—Since 1976, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ have issued a quadrennial statement to guide Catholics “in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy.” “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” the latest revision of the current document, was done in 2015, and it was issued ahead of the 2016 presidential elections. […]

Proceeds from new CRS coffee benefit small farmers

BALTIMORE, MD—Do you need an excuse to drink that second, or third … or even fourth cup of coffee? We’ve got you covered, but not with just any old coffee — we have coffee with a cause. You can now purchase “Mama Tierra” coffee (, created through a partnership between Catholic Relief Services and Equal […]

Bishops, young people walk to St. Peter’s on pilgrimage of faith

VATICAN CITY—Following the Francigena Way, an ancient pilgrims’ path, a group of about 300 synod participants and young people from Rome parishes headed to St. Peter’s Basilica to pray at the apostle’s tomb. The wayfaring cardinals, bishops, priests and young people were stocked with small backpacks, shod with comfortable sneakers or hiking boots, and readied […]

Domestic abuse victims find escaping their predicament no easy matter

VANCOUVER, B.C.—Nothing could have prepared Adelaide for the nightmare that was 18 years of her life. She had married that many years ago, having checked off the stereotypical “Catholic” boxes: She saved sex for marriage, was wed to a Catholic man and was open to having as many children as God gave them. However, just […]

Judge orders arrest of longtime suspect in St. Romero’s 1980 killing

WASHINGTON—Days after the Catholic Church declared Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero a saint, a judge in El Salvador issued a capture order for a former military captain suspected of killing the religious leader in 1980 as he celebrated Mass. Judge Rigoberto Chicas issued the order Oct. 23 for national and international authorities to apprehend Alvaro […]

Catholic officials say Hurricane Michael sets new bar for disaster relief

MIAMI—Yirca Salazar, a quality assurance specialist for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, was just a toddler when 1992’s Category-5 Hurricane Andrew left a trail of destruction south of Miami. Salazar doesn’t remember much about that historic storm, whose wind strength is being compared to this year’s Hurricane Michael and its cataclysmic impact on […]

Pope calls for stronger preparation for sacrament of marriage

VATICAN CITY—Every heart longs for unconditional love and fidelity, Pope Francis said. “Christ reveals authentic love,” the pope said Oct. 24 during his weekly general audience. “He is the faithful friend who welcomes us even when we make mistakes and he always wants what is best for us, even when we don’t deserve it,” he […]

Hope is living for the encounter with Jesus

VATICAN CITY—In his homily at the Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflects on hope, which is not abstract, but living in expectation of the concrete encounter with Jesus. And it is wise, the pope emphasized, to know how to rejoice in the little encounters of daily life with the Lord. In his daily […]

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