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Building walls to keep immigrants out is not Christian, pope says

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MEXICO—As the plane carrying him back to Rome from Mexico was flying over Texas, Pope Francis insisted building walls to keep immigrants out of one’s country is un-Christian. Holding his customary in-flight news conference Feb. 17 after a six-day trip that ended at the Mexico-U.S. border, Pope Francis was asked […]

Fear not: God is in every refugee

Families around the globe are fleeing their homeland, just like the Holy Family fled Bethlehem to escape King Herod’s bloody regime. This unprecedented migration has special poignancy as Christmas approaches, a joyous time when families reunite, something not possible for many displaced from their native land. In our current state of fear, we underplay the […]

Pope recognizes miracle needed to declare Mother Teresa a saint

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, thus paving the way for her canonization. Pope Francis signed the decree for Blessed Teresa’s cause and advanced three other sainthood causes Dec. 17, the Vatican announced. Although the date for the canonization ceremony will be officially announced during […]

Pope Francis broadcasts for the Year of Mercy and Christmas

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Tune into the opening of the Holy Year of Mercy and two Christmas events, all celebrated by Pope Francis and broadcast worldwide. Broadcast times for South Carolina are as follows: • Dec. 8 at 3:30 a.m., Mass for the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by the recitation of the […]

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 […]

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    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
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    Dec 1 Black Catholics Heritage Celebration
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