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The Year of Faith was launched on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
Its goal, proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, was to educate Catholics about basic Church teachings, strengthen their faith and inspire them to share it with others. Throughout the special year, Catholics everywhere were encouraged to participate in the Christian tradition of pilgrimage.
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WARSAW, POLAND – Climate change represents an "ethical challenge to civilization," said the Vatican's lead representative to an international conference discussing the worldwide impact of climate change.
Oblate Father Francis Ebner was known as the "motorcycle missionary" because he drove his Harley Davidson across the Northwest Territories to serve a string of remote towns, hamlets and villages.
While some people have an exercise or a theatre room in their homes, Linda Miller has a special room in her Wainwright home dedicated to her vast and growing collection of crèches.
Standing outside of the Back Porch, Linda Gibbons looked harmless enough. A 64-year-old grandmother, diminutive in stature, she was bundled up in her winter jacket, and also wore a scarf and mitts.
OTTAWA – The experience of culture can keep the soul alive amidst fragmentation of modern life, says artist Michael O'Brien.
In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society's poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn.
VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church is not going to change its position on the inadmissibility of women priests, Pope Francis said, but it does have to stop linking all decision making to ordination.
VANCOUVER – Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Brian Frazer was the first doctor to take his opposition to abortion to the streets of Vancouver.
Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on sharing the joy of the Gospel is a call to faith-filled optimism, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, introducing the text to the media.