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Pope Francis said he would travel to Armenia June 24-26 to promote closer bonds with the Armenian Orthodox church, honor the Armenian people’s steadfast faith in the face of tragedy and support them in their efforts to build a peaceful future. more
A federal agency has determined that California can continue to demand that all health plans under the jurisdiction of the state’s Department of Managed Health Care—“even those purchased by churches and other religious organizations”—cover elective abortions for any reason. more
With a tie vote June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Obama administration’s plan to temporarily protect more than 4 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation. more
Drawing heavily on St. Thomas Aquinas’ “Summa Theologiae,” a Vatican archbishop with New York roots called original sin “the absence of sanctifying grace in the substance of the … more
Talk mercy, show mercy, live mercy. That was the challenge assigned to attendees of the New York Catholic Bible Summit by Archbishop José Octavio Ruiz Arenas, secretary of the Pontifical Council for … more
Pope Francis will declare four men and one woman—Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a French Discalced Carmelite mystic and writer—saints at the Vatican Oct. 16. more
Assist and accompany refugees while working to build peace in the world, Pope Francis urged on the eve of World Refugee Day. more
Because most people today do not understand that sacramental marriage really is a bond that binds them to each other for life, many marriages today can be considered invalid, Pope Francis said. more
U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, said June 16 that “religious liberty is called America’s ‘first freedom.’” more
Members of St. Patrick parish in Elkhorn, Neb., prayed June 16 for Lane Graves, a 2-year-old boy killed in an alligator attack in Florida, his father and mother, Matthew and Melissa, and sister, 4-year-old Ella, during a regularly scheduled morning Mass and special rosary. more
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