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Life, Pope Says, Is Not a Burden; It Should Be Lived With Passion

People, especially the young, need to live with passion—the passion to persevere and not see life as a burden, Pope Francis said. more

Pray, Act to Protect Clean Water, Guarantee Access to It, Pope Says

Water is a gift of God that makes life possible and yet millions of people do not have access to safe drinking water, and rivers, seas and oceans continue to be polluted, Pope Francis said. more

Silence Is Christ’s Response to Lies, Divisiveness, Pope Says at Mass

Jesus himself showed that the best way to respond to scandal and divisiveness is to stay silent and pray, Pope Francis said Sept. 3 as he resumed his early morning Masses with invited guests. more

Is There Truth in Archbishop Vigano’s Text and How Are Catholics to Know?

Catholics in the pews and even priests in the Vatican are confused about the long document Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano published claiming Pope Francis turned a blind eye to information he had about the sexual misconduct of now-Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick. more

Family Boasts 22 Graduates of Utah Catholic Schools

Many high school seniors often feel like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders. more

Bishops’ Labor Day Statement: ‘Just Wages and Human Flourishing’

Echoing what Pope Francis said during a Mass in May, the bishop who heads the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development said, “The struggle of working people, of the poor” is not first a “social or political question. No! It is the Gospel, pure and simple.” more

Church Urges Fairer Conditions as Bosnia-Herzegovina Elections Near

The Catholic Church in Bosnia-Herzegovina has urged the country to improve human rights and political representation after upcoming elections, 23 years after the country was divided by a bloody war. more

Bronx Parish Advocates for Aged With Bountiful Nursing Home Ministry

Fifth of a series On any given week, the Nursing Home Ministry of Holy Rosary and Nativity of Our Blessed Lady parish in the Bronx graces the aged with the gift of time—times … more

Families Called to Share Joy, Love With World, Pope Says in Ireland

In a stadium of Catholic families from around the world, Pope Francis told the laypeople they are the vast majority of Church members and that, without them, the Church would be cold, a collection of … more

Mount Alvernia Retreat Center, a Franciscan Haven, Marks 50 Years

The Franciscan Friars’ decision to open a retreat center in Wappingers Falls after their seminary was relocated is still looking good 50 years later. The Mount Alvernia Retreat Center, a … more

USCCB President Seeks Papal Audience, Answers to Former Nuncio’s Questions

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he was “eager for an audience” with Pope Francis to gain his support for the bishops’ plan to respond to the clergy sexual abuse … more

Sister Joan Curtin To Address International Congress on Catechesis

Sister Joan Curtin, C.N.D., director of the archdiocesan Catechetical Office, has been selected to lead a group discussion at the Second International Congress on Catechesis to be held at the Vatican … more

Pope, Cardinal Dolan Address Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

Pope Francis, in a letter addressed “to the people of God,” wrote, “No effort must be spared” to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and “to prevent the possibility of their being … more

Families Called to Share Joy, Love, Life With the World, Pope Says

In a stadium of Catholic families from around the world, Pope Francis told the laypeople they are the vast majority of Church members and that, without them, the Church would be cold, a collection of statues. more

Pope Says He Trusts People to Judge Archbishop’s Claims About Him

Pope Francis said Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s long document calling on him to resign is written in a way that people should be able to draw their own conclusions. more

God’s Name Is Revealed Through Authentic Faith, Not Hypocrisy

The power of God’s name is manifested in the lives of people who live their faith in an authentic way, while it is taken in vain by those who live in hypocrisy, Pope Francis said. more

Slovak Teen to Be Beatified Sept. 1 as Martyr to Purity

A 16-year-old peasant girl will be beatified as a martyr in Slovakia, seven decades after she was shot in front of her family for resisting rape by a drunken Soviet soldier. more

Pope Says He’s Excited to Return to Ireland to Celebrate Families

As he prepared to travel to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis said he hoped his visit would “remind us all of the essential place of the family in the life of society and in the building of a better future for today’s young people.” more

Pope: Abuse Victims’ Outcry More Powerful Than Efforts to Silence Them

“No effort must be spared” to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and “to prevent the possibility of their being covered up,” Pope Francis said in a letter addressed “to the people of God.” more

Nuncio Says U.S. Bishops Committed to Addressing Abuse Scandal

The U.S. bishops are “deeply committed” to facing the reality of clerical sexual abuse and the history of covering it up, said the Vatican nuncio to the United States. more
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