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Vatican spokesman declines to speculate on what pope will say in the U.S.

WASHINGTON—Despite repeated questions from journalists on what Pope Francis will say to President Barack Obama, a joint meeting of Congress and the United Nations on any range of potential subjects, Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi advised everyone to wait and listen for themselves. During a Sept. 22 news conference in Washington in which he […]


Pope simplifies annulment process, asks that it be free of charge

VATICAN CITY—While a juridical process is necessary for making accurate judgments, the Catholic Church’s marriage annulment process must be quicker, cheaper and much more of a pastoral ministry, Pope Francis said. Rewriting a section of the Latin-rite Code of Canon Law and of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, Pope Francis said he […]



Catholic officials, others react to Boy Scouts’ decision to allow openly gay leaders

WASHINGTON—The top leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting have made an uneasy peace with the Boy Scouts of America’s decision July 27 to allow openly gay troop leaders and employees to serve in their ranks at the national level. The Boy Scouts’ decision does not affect decisions about leaders made by local troops […]


Video of Planned Parenthood doctor prompts calls for investigation

SAN FRANCISCO—A video released July 14 appears to show a top Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of parts of aborted babies for research, including discussing ways the abortion procedure can be altered to preserve specifically requested body parts. The nearly nine-minute edited video — filmed undercover and produced by the Center for Medical Progress […]


Pope to activists: Defend the earth, demand economic reform

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia—Meeting with an international gathering of grassroots activists, Pope Francis not only encouraged, but tried to add fuel to their fire for “standing up to an idolatrous (economic) system which excludes, debases and kills.” Addressing the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz July 9, Pope Francis acknowledged he did not have […]


Court rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide

WASHINGTON—In a landmark ruling, a divided Supreme Court June 26 said same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide. “The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy for the 5-4 majority. “This is true for all persons, whatever their […]


All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

VATICAN CITY — The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” All who believe in God and all people of good will have an […]


Read encyclical on care for creation with ‘open heart,’ pope asks world

VATICAN CITY—Appealing to the entire world, Pope Francis urged everyone to read his upcoming encyclical on the care of creation and to better protect a damaged earth. “This common ‘home’ is being ruined and that harms everyone, especially the poorest,” he said June 17, the day before the Vatican was releasing his encyclical letter, “Laudato […]


Parents transmit church teaching on marriage by example, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Children need to see their parents kiss each other, complement each other and resolve arguments peacefully, Pope Francis said. “Dear parents, your children need to discover by watching you that it is beautiful to love another,” the pope told parents participating in the annual pastoral conference of the Diocese of Rome. Parents […]


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