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When Pope Francis asked 50-year-old Benedictine Abbot Bernardo Gianni to lead his Lenten retreat, the abbot said he told the pope he felt “very inadequate.” more
Four Catholic Relief Service staff members on their way to a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, were among the passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed moments after takeoff in the east African nation. more
Engaging in any form of anti-Semitism is a direct contradiction with the Christian faith, Pope Francis said. more
Lent is a time to ask for God’s grace to chip away at hypocrisy, which is seen in the natural human attempt to appear “worthier than we are,” Pope Francis said. more
The New York State Catholic Conference called on the state’s legislators to reject any proposal that would legalize recreational marijuana use. more
A Catholic News Service contributor in Caracas, Venezuela, was taken by military counterintelligence officials after his home was raided early March 6. more
Marked with ashes, Christians set off on a Lenten journey where they strive to leave behind everything that will turn to dust and instead focus on drawing closer to God and God’s promise of eternal life, Pope Francis said. more
Declaring that the Catholic Church is unafraid of history, Pope Francis announced that documents in the Vatican Secret Archives relating to the wartime pontificate of Pope Pius XII will be open to scholars in 2020. more
The kingdom of God is being established slowly in the world through patience and gentleness and not by violence or force, Pope Francis said. more
A man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the mass rape of four Catholic nuns that occurred more than two decades ago in central India. more
Alison Centofante, representing the pro-life advocacy group Live Action, declared to an audience gathered in suburban Washington, D.C.: “The biggest scam in our society today is that we are allowing a conversation about abortion to happen without making people define what an abortion is.” more
Long, orange flames consumed the palms Massgoers had brought in to Washington, D.C.’s Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land March 3 to burn ceremonially before the noontime crowd that gathered for their last Sunday Mass before Lent. more
Lent is a good time to concentrate on fighting the urge to gossip about others and instead trying to correct one’s own faults and defects, Pope Francis said. more
After moving the Vatican celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees from January to September, Pope Francis wants Catholics to understand how concern for migrants and refugees is part of a much broader Christian concern for people in need. more
What makes a politician “Catholic” is not party affiliation, but dedication to promoting the common good, particularly through listening to and empowering people who often are overlooked, Pope Francis said. more
The venue for a pre-screening of “Unplanned,” a pro-life movie about the conversion story of Abby Johnson, a former Texas Planned Parenthood clinic director who is now a pro-life activist, was apropos. more
Standing in the shadow of the fence separating the United States and Mexico, Bishop Mark J. Seitz pulled out the photos of Jakelin Caal, 7, and Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, two migrant children who died in U.S. custody. more
The Missouri House of Representatives Feb. 27 passed the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act, an omnibus bill that bans abortion when the heartbeat of an unborn child can be detected, which could be as early as six weeks “depending on the method used.” more
The Department of Homeland Security has filed notice that it is extending Temporary Protection Status for foreign nationals from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan until Jan. 2, 2020. more
El consejo parroquial de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores describió su plan para 2019 en su reunión antes de navidad para continuar fortaleciendo su comunidad parroquial mediante la construcción de relaciones uno a uno para sus feligreses. “En nuestra última reunión del consejo parroquial dijimos, ‘no tomemos una … more
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