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The Catholic communities of every nation on the Mediterranean Sea must work together to promote peace, to aid migrants and refugees and to defend religious freedom, Pope Francis told bishops from 19 Mediterranean countries. more
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Feb. 24 upheld the Trump administration’s “Protect Life Rule” that enforces the Title X rule banning taxpayer funds from being used to promote or provide abortion as family planning. more
Ashes not only symbolize humanity’s frail mortality but are also a reminder of God’s infinite love of people, whom he created from dust, Pope Francis said. more
Lent is a time to remove all distractions and bitterness from one’s life in order to better hear God and those who suffer silently and need help, Pope Francis said. more
By blocking two pro-life bills from going to the floor of the U.S. Senate for a vote, senators “failed to advance two critical human rights reforms that most Americans strongly support,” the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee said late Feb. 25. more
Cardinal Dolan will offer the monthly Young Adult Mass on Wednesday, March 4, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. more
An annual Day of Recollection sponsored by the Serra Club of the Bronx and Westchester will be offered Saturday, March 14. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie. more
Archbishop Nelson J. Perez placed a mark of familiarity on the formality of rites in the Mass that installed him as the new archbishop of Philadelphia Feb. 18 in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. more
Pope Francis and top officials of the Roman Curia will leave the Vatican March 1-6 for their annual Lenten retreat, the Vatican announced. more
Pope Francis said he dreams of an Amazon region where the rights of the poor and indigenous are respected, local cultures are preserved, nature is protected, and the Catholic Church is present and active with “Amazonian features.” more
A prominent associate professor of theological and social ethics at Jesuit-run Fordham University and, until recently, a longtime board member of Democrats For Life said Feb. 6 the Democratic Party’s support for abortion at any stage has driven him away from the party. more
The threat of spreading the coronavirus has forced Catholic officials in Hong Kong to suspend all church programs Feb. 15-28, including Sunday Masses and the Ash Wednesday liturgy that marks the beginning of Lent. more
Cardinal Dolan met privately with the president of the Republic of Cuba Feb. 11, the last full day of a six-day visit to the island nation mostly filled with visits to Cuban prelates and humanitarian organizations and facilities where the island’s Catholics operate services for the poor and elderly. more
Sophia Corscio-Sanchez finds she receives as much as she’s giving others as a member of the Spirit Squad youth group at Ascension parish in Manhattan. “It’s teaching me to help the community … more
Pope Francis acknowledged the serious shortage of priests in remote areas of the Amazon, but he insisted not all avenues have been exhausted to address the issue. more
The education officials sat down in the school library for an interview after they toured Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School. As executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education for the … more
Fresh off the record-breaking success of the Renew + Rebuild capital campaign, which finished with $248 million in pledges Nov. 30, Bettina Alonso, the archdiocese’s executive director of … more
During a visit to Puerto Rico, administrators from archdiocesan Catholic Charities witnessed sorrow stemming from the devastation caused by the recent earthquakes in communities still recovering from … more
Gospel music resounded throughout St. Patrick’s Cathedral Feb. 2 as an estimated 1,500 black Catholics gathered for the annual Black History Month Mass and the Observance of the National Day of … more
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