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Pope, others pray as parents of Charlie Gard end legal struggle for help

MANCHESTER, England—Pope Francis is praying for the parents of Charlie Gard after a U.S. doctor told them nothing could be done to help their son. Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced in London’s High Court July 24 that they had ended their legal struggle to take their baby overseas for treatment after a U.S. neurologist, […]


Vatican shuts down fountains as Rome deals with drought

VATICAN CITY—While Rome reels from one of its worst droughts in decades, the Vatican is doing its part to conserve water by shutting down the city-state’s 100 fountains. The office governing Vatican City State announced July 25 that the drought has “led the Holy See to take measures aimed at saving water” by shutting down […]


Pope prays for dialogue, reconciliation in Jerusalem

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis called on Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land to “moderation and dialogue” as tensions continued around a key site in Jerusalem that is sacred to members of both faiths. After reciting the Angelus July 23, the pope asked people gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the midday prayer to join him […]


Bishop Dewane: Budget is a moral document that should not put poor in jeopardy

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House budget resolution “will place millions of poor and vulnerable people in real jeopardy” because it reduces deficits through cuts for human needs and by trying to slash taxes at the same time, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee. “A nation’s budget is a moral document,” said Bishop Frank […]


U.S. bishops call for permanent protection for young migrants

WASHINGTON—The chair of the migration committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged the Trump administration to “ensure permanent protection” for youth who were brought to the U.S. as minors without legal documentation. Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the Committee on Migration Committee, reiterated the bishops’ support for the Deferred […]


Pope’s visit to Cartagena to highlight inequality in Latin America

LIMA, Peru—When Pope Francis visits Colombia in September, he will take his message of mercy and reconciliation to Cartagena, a city that still bears scars of its painful history as a slave port. And he will walk the streets where another Jesuit, St. Peter Claver, put that message into practice four centuries ago. Canonized in […]


Kids in a time of climate change — what’s a Catholic to do?

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Travis Rieder and his wife Sadiye have one child. She wanted a big family, but he’s a philosopher who studies climate change with the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. One child of their own was all the world could environmentally afford, they decided. In his college classes, Rieder asks his students to consider […]


Pro-life group welcomes ruling to let U.S. doctor examine baby

NEW YORK—The national director of Priests for Life in New York welcomed a London court’s decision allowing a U.S. doctor to go to England to examine a 10-month-old terminally ill British infant at the center of a medical and ethical debate. The baby, Charlie Gard, was born with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which causes progressive […]


Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia speaks on ‘Amoris Laetitia’

Q: What message in “Amoris Laetitia” gives you the most joy and hope for the future of the Church? Archbishop Paglia: The clear message of “Amoris Laetitia” is that the Church itself must be a family. We need a new way of living in our Christian communities: they must be less anonymous and more like […]


Vatican asks bishops to ensure validity of matter for Eucharist

VATICAN CITY—Bishops should look at ways to help verify and guarantee the validity and worthiness of the bread and wine used for the celebration of the Eucharist, the Vatican said in a recent document. Because bread and wine for the Eucharist are no longer supplied just by religious communities, but “are also sold in supermarkets […]


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