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After a strong earthquake struck central Italy and with the early news reporting many deaths and serious damage, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience Aug. 24 into a prayer service. more
The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture’s fall and winter programming for the 2016-2017 season will feature a thought-provoking lineup of theater, film, music, poetry, art and discourse that will … more
Police continued to search for the killer of two women religious who spent years caring for poor people as nurse practitioners in central Mississippi. more
The line of destruction caused by historic flooding in southern Louisiana stretches for 25 miles, and according to Red Cross officials, it is the worst natural disaster in the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. more
The Catholic bishops of New Mexico in an Aug. 18 statement said they oppose Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s plan to reinstate the death penalty and called on the Legislature to reject it. more
Pope Francis met privately at the Vatican with French President Francois Hollande, who said he felt it necessary to thank the pope in person for his words after the slaying of a French priest and other terrorist attacks in France. more
After winning five medals—four gold and one silver —at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, swimming champion Katie Ledecky is taking things one step at a time on her return home. more
Six Sisters of Life professed final vows at a Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop John J. O’Hara on Aug. 6, the feast of the Transfiguration, at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in … more
Celebrating the feast of the Assumption just three days after visiting a group of young women rescued from the sex trade, Pope Francis prayed for all exploited women and girls. more
In a personal message addressed to each of the 10 members of the new Refugee Olympic Team, Pope Francis wished them success in their events and thanked them for the witness they are giving the world. more
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