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If great minds had brainstormed how to create a podcast that would jump to No. 1 in Apple’s podcast rankings, they never would have landed on “The Bible in a Year,” joked Jeff Cavins, a Bible scholar and creator of the Great Adventure Bible Timeline. more
After a flurry of court decisions, the Supreme Court reversed a pair of rulings from federal appeals courts that had put death-row inmate Lisa Montgomery’s execution on hold, and it denied two other last-minute requests to postpone the execution. more
In many ways he is the unsung hero of the Christmas story. We focus each year on the Virgin Mary and the Lord, and St. Joseph, although present in our nativity scenes, can easily be overlooked. Yet … more
Pope Francis offered prayers for the people of the United States “shaken by the recent siege on Congress” and prayed for the five people who lost their lives “in those dramatic moments” when protesters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6. more
The 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity should help Christians see that the closer they draw to Christ, the closer they will be to one another, said materials for the week published by the Vatican. more
Recognizing “the gifts of each baptized person”—women and men—Pope Francis ordered a change to canon law and liturgical norms so that women could be formally installed as lectors and acolytes. more
In times of doubt and suffering, Christians must not focus on their problems, but instead lift up their eyes to God, who leads them toward the hopeful promise of great things to come, Pope Francis said on the feast of the Epiphany. more
The ancient Christian tradition of marking doorways with blessed chalk on the feast of the Epiphany will carry new meaning for many Catholics in 2021. more
By taking on the frail human condition, God showed His love for humanity and His desire to share in people’s joys and sufferings, Pope Francis said. more
The gratitude that comes from encountering Christ’s love and mercy is enough to bring joy and hope to a troubled world, Pope Francis said. more
Pope Francis will not preside over the traditional end-of-the-year prayer service nor the New Year’s Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica due to “painful sciatica,” the Vatican said. more
As the Catholic Church celebrated World Peace Day Jan. 1, Pope Francis offered prayers for the people of war-torn Yemen, especially the nation’s children left without education and often without food by years of civil war. more
At the beginning of a year people hope will mark the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, Pope Francis urged them to create a “culture of care,” including by sharing the gift of their time with others. more
As the fifth anniversary of his apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love) approaches, Pope Francis announced that the Catholic Church will dedicate more than a year to focusing on the family and conjugal love. more
High-ranking Vietnamese government officials have praised the country's Catholics for their contributions in addressing the coronavirus pandemic and returned confiscated church buildings as Christmas gifts during visits with Church leaders. more
On a Christmas like no other, Pope Francis prayed for people who could not be with their families because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but he urged everyone to recognize and help those who are suffering even more. more
The birth of Christ is a gift from God that brings people hope and courage in troubled times, Pope Francis said Christmas Eve. more
While Christmas has become a universal holiday, even for many nonbelievers, its celebration always should focus on the reality that God sent His Son into the world to save humanity, Pope Francis said. more
Mario Quinsata, age 68: “I was never allowed to go inside the building to visit my mom and dad who reside on the second floor of an assisted living residence in a neighboring state. They are 92 and … more
With Italy returning to a Covid-19 lockdown over the Christmas holidays, the Vatican has announced that most of Pope Francis’ usual appointments will be livestreamed with few or no members of the public present. more
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