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Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of James Foley, a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria. more
With “spiritual freshness and joy” despite his physical frailty, retired Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass and met briefly with his former doctoral students at the Vatican Aug. 24. more
Slain journalist James Foley, who sent images and copy from different war zones, was described as living his faith through his work. more
With the discord now occurring in Ferguson, Mo., as a counterpoint and possible warning, Cardinal Dolan hosted Mayor de Blasio, Police Commissioner William Bratton and religious leaders from across the city Aug. 20 for a roundtable discussion on reconciliation, trust and peace-building between police and community after the death of a Staten Island man in police custody last month. more
Even while sitting on the cold, bare floor of a Communist prison in Canton awaiting her deportation from China in 1951, Sister Paulita Hoffmann, M.M., knew the answer to the question she was asking. … more
Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop “unjust aggressors” such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes against the militants and said such humanitarian interventions should not be decided on by any single country. more
The one thing Iraqi Church leaders and aid workers, foreign charities and governments cannot do for the displaced and terrorized people of northeastern Iraq is answer their question, “What will become of us?” said Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the pope’s envoy to the region. more
Pope Francis formally asked United Nations agencies and the entire international community “to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now under way” in northeastern Iraq. more
Starting his first visit to Asia, Pope Francis urged South Korean political and civic leaders to seek peace on their divided peninsula and strengthen their nation’s commitment to democracy and social justice. more
Pope Francis warned South Korea’s Catholic bishops not to let their country’s “prosperous, yet increasingly secularized and materialistic society” distract the Church from its essential duty to evangelize. more
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