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Pope calls for world authority as ‘moral force’

December 10, 2012

The world authority envisioned by two popes as a way to ensure global peace and justice would be primarily a moral force with limited jurisdiction, Pope Benedict said.

Saudi-backed centre supports religious liberty

December 10, 2012

A new Saudi-backed interfaith centre will provide an opportunity for the Church to promote religious freedom around the world, said the head of the Vatican’s office for interreligious dialogue.

New Irish bishop says abuse victims his priority

December 10, 2012

The newly-appointed bishop of Cloyne, Ireland, vowed he will make healing the lives of victims of abuse in the diocese a priority.

In eastern Congo, citizens are terrified

December 10, 2012

As Congolese rebels initiated what appeared to be a partial withdrawal from the city of Goma, a Catholic organization said the region’s civilians remained either on the run or terrified that their community would be the next target for a rebel attack.

Pregnant women must be treated, say Irish bishops

Savita Halappanavar

December 3, 2012

Expressing anguish and sorrow over the death of a pregnant woman in an Irish hospital, the country’s Catholic bishops said that pregnant women must receive all treatment to save their lives, even if it results in the unintended death of an unborn child.

Health care must be for all, says Benedict

December 3, 2012

Good health is a benefit that needs to be defended and guaranteed for all people, not just for those who can afford it, Pope Benedict told hundreds of health care workers.

Vancouver app helps locate the next Mass

December 3, 2012

Catholics in the Vancouver Archdiocese have a new way to find out where to attend Mass.

Pakistani court dismisses blasphemy charge

December 3, 2012

The Islamabad High Court ordered police to dismiss blasphemy charges against a Christian Pakistani girl whose arrest and detention drew international condemnation.

Boston plan responds to shrinking resources

December 3, 2012

A pastoral plan approved by Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley calls for the Boston Archdiocese to organize its 288 parishes into approximately 135 groups called “parish collaboratives.”

Rome dismisses priest who defied Church teaching

December 3, 2012

The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the priesthood because of his participation in the invalid ordination of a woman and “a simulated Mass,” the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers announced Nov. 19.

Canadian priest named Holy See’s head of protocol

December 3, 2012

Pope Benedict has appointed Msgr. Jose Bettencourt, a native of Portugal who grew up in Ottawa, as the Holy See’s head of protocol.

Portuguese bishops uneasy about nation’s economy

December 3, 2012

Portugal’s Catholic bishops voiced “deep unease” about worsening economic conditions in their country and urged the government to show greater concern for the common good in its austerity drive.

Pope: Catholics must serve common good

December 3, 2012

Catholics are called to serve the common good of society, including by protecting traditional marriage and defending human life, Pope Benedict told bishops from France.

Pilgrimage in Mali

December 3, 2012

Pilgrims attend a Catholic pilgrimage in the town of Kita, western Mali, Nov. 17.

Married priests have an expanded view of family

November 26, 2012

In Eastern Christianity – among both Catholics and Orthodox – a dual vocation to marriage and priesthood are seen as a call to broaden the boundaries of what a priest considers to be his family, said Russian Catholic Father Lawrence Cross.

Catholics are called to share faith, says Wuerl

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

November 26, 2012

The Church’s New Evangelization and its call to share the faith is the responsibility of all Catholics, said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington.

Faith is an encounter with love – Benedict

Pope Benedict

November 26, 2012

Far from being just a moral or ethical code, Christianity is “an experience of love; it’s welcoming the person of Jesus,” Pope Benedict said.

Pope sets up pontifical Latin Academy

November 26, 2012

Pope Benedict has established the Pontifical Academy of Latinity to promote the study of the Latin language and culture, and not just within the Catholic Church.

Liturgy of the Hours to undergo revision

November 26, 2012

Just a year after Catholics began using the new English translation of the Roman Missal at Masses, the U.S. bishops agreed Nov. 13 to have work begin on a revision of the Liturgy of the Hours.

Hospitals need Catholic identity – archbishop

November 26, 2012

In their mission to serve all people, Catholic health care facilities also must be vigilant in maintaining their Christian identity and protecting the life and dignity of the human person, said the head of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry.

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