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Retired Pope Benedict says it was his ‘duty’ to resign from papacy
Aug 25 2016
Retired Pope Benedict XVI said he felt a “duty” to resign because of his declining health and the rigorous demands of papal travel.

Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims
Aug 24 2016
Smaller quakes – at least two of which registered more than 5.0 – continued for several hours after the main quake.

Bishop Steib of Memphis retires; Washington auxiliary named his successor
Aug 23 2016
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop J. Terry Steib of Memphis, Tennessee, and has appointed as his successor Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley of Washington.

Vatican newspaper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is authoritative church teaching
Aug 23 2016
Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the “ordinary magisterium” – papal teaching – to which Catholics are obliged to give “religious submission of will and intellect,” said an article in the Vatican newspaper.

Unlocking forgiveness: Vatican tribunal promotes pardon
Aug 22 2016
The Apostolic Penitentiary has nothing to do with a jail cell and everything to do with God’s mercy.

Mother Teresa knew what being unloved felt like, priest says
Aug 22 2016
“Mother Teresa was no plastic saint,” said Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of Blessed Teresa’s sainthood cause.

Pope names Dallas bishop head of new office for laity, family, life
Aug 17 2016
Pope Francis has named Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas to head the Vatican’s new office for laity, family and life.

Forgive others and find peace, pope says during brief visit to Assisi
Aug 04 2016
Pope Francis celebrated how God’s mercy has been experienced for 800 years in a tiny stone church in Assisi.

Secularized culture leads to ‘orphaned’ Christians, pope tells bishops
Aug 04 2016
Pope Francis warned Poland’s Catholic bishops that an increasingly secularized and de-Christianized culture leaves people orphaned.

Pope names six women, six men to panel to study women deacons
Aug 02 2016
Pope Francis has appointed six men and six women to a commission to study the issue of women deacons, particularly their ministry in the early church.