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Cardinal Dolan presided at Solemn Vespers in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in lower Manhattan Nov. 22, the Solemnity of … more
At a Mass in which 69 new Knights and Dames were invested in the Order of Malta’s American Association, Cardinal Dolan shared some important points about discipleship with them. Even apart from … more
Opening the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis also hopes to open a year of “fervent dialogue” among Christians, Muslims and Jews, so that all who profess faith in a merciful God may be stronger in showing mercy toward one another. more
Using God’s name to try to justify violence and murder is “blasphemy,” Pope Francis said Nov. 15, speaking about the terrorist attacks on Paris. “Such barbarity leaves us dismayed, and we ask ourselves how the human heart can plan and carry out such horrible events,” the pope said after reciting the Angelus prayer with visitors in St. Peter’s Square. more
The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration said he was disturbed by calls from federal and state officials for an end to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. more
The U.S. bishops approved a formal statement on pornography and additions to their quadrennial statement on political responsibility at their Nov. 16-19 fall general meeting in Baltimore. more
Italian journalists standing trial in a Vatican court defended their right to freedom of the press, while the Vatican prosecution said the way they acquired confidential information was illegal. more
Despite the ongoing violence in the Central Africa Republic, Pope Francis wants to visit the country Nov. 29-30, plans for the visit are in place, and the security situation is being monitored, the Vatican spokesman said. more
The U.S. bishops Nov. 17 endorsed the sainthood causes of a Pennsylvania native who in 1974 became the first quadriplegic priest to be ordained for the Catholic Church, a Native American and his companions who were martyred in colonial Florida, and a Spanish missionary regarded as a mystic who served in the American Southwest. more
This year’s Vatican Christmas stamps feature a 15th-century manuscript illumination of the Holy Family. more
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