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Christians in the Middle East welcomed the release of nearly 20 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State militants in northeastern Syria, but expressed concern that more than 200 others remained … more
A former Boston mayor and U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said his life’s work now is being an advocate for the use of adult stem cells in research and treatment of diseases. more
Throughout her 50 years in religious life, Sister Mary Ann Walsh’s job titles have varied—teacher, reporter for a diocesan newspaper, Vatican correspondent and media editor at Catholic News Service, … more
A 10th-century Armenian monk has been named among the doctors of the Church. more
Lent is a journey of purification and penance, a movement that should bring one tearfully back to the loving arms of the merciful Father, Pope Francis said at an Ash Wednesday Mass that began with a procession on Rome’s Aventine Hill. more
A colored photocopy of a smiling, blond toddler is the only thing adorning the bare walls of the tiny room where Ayda Abada, her blind husband, and four children shelter after they were chased out of their Christian village in Iraq by Islamic State extremists. more
Some 1,400 candidates and catechumens from across the archdiocese are expected to be welcomed into the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil April 4. During Lent, they will take major steps on … more
In a Valentine’s Day ceremony to create 20 new cardinals, Pope Francis offered a meditation on Christian love and, especially, what it means for those who guide and minister in the Church. more
The Catholic Church cannot call itself Church if it is a “closed caste” where the sick, the wounded and sinners are shunned, Pope Francis told the 20 new cardinals he created. more
The reform of the Roman Curia should promote “greater harmony” among the Vatican offices, not primarily to save money or promote efficiency, but to solidify the unity of the Church and strengthen its ability to evangelize, Pope Francis said. more

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