Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square June 25 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

‘The Line Between Good and Evil Runs Through Each of Our Hearts,’ Says Pope at Angelus

Posted by - July 29, 2017

BY DEBORAH CASTELLANO LUBOV The line between good and evil runs through each of our hearts…. Pope Francis reminded faithful of this in St. Peter’s Square during his Sunday, July 23, 2017, Angelus address at noon as he reflected on yesterday’s Gospel. While admitting that “good and evil cannot be identified with defined territories or

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People attach a message for Charlie Gard and his parents to the railings outside the High Court in London July 24. Pope Francis is praying for the parents of Charlie Gard after a U.S. doctor told them nothing could be done to help their son, who suffers from encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. (CNS photo/Peter Nicholls, Reuters)

Pope, others pray as parents of Charlie Gard end legal struggle for help

Posted by - July 29, 2017

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Pope Francis is praying for the parents of Charlie Gard after a U.S. doctor told them nothing could be done to help their son. Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced in London’s High Court July 24 that they had ended their legal struggle to take their baby overseas for treatment after

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California seminary names new faculty, boosts recruiting

Posted by - July 29, 2017

MENLO PARK, Calif. (CNS) — St. Patrick’s Seminary and University is welcoming five professors and expects to admit as many as 15 new seminarians this fall as the institution’s new president-rector reaches out to bishops in several Western states to encourage them to consider the Menlo Park seminary for priestly formation. In an interview with

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Kathy Fasbinder holds a hive of bees while beekeeper Bob Fassbinder explains how they raise queens near Elgin, Iowa, July 8. (CNS photo/ Dan Russo, The Witness)

Thanks ‘bee’ to God: Iowa beekeeper honored for service as catechist

Posted by - July 29, 2017

ELGIN, Iowa (CNS) — On a recent sunny Saturday morning, Bob Fassbinder and his wife, Kathy, were surrounded by a chorus of buzzing bees as he held up a hive full of honey. Running his fingers over the perfect hexagonal shapes made by the small insects to catch a drop of this year’s crop for

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Paratroopers of NATO armies take part in an exercise in Bezmer, Bulgaria, July 18 with the aim of "supporting security and stability" in the region. A new U.N. plan of action says religious leaders, along with governments, have a role in preventing incitement that leads to atrocities.(CNS photo/Stoyan Nenov, Reuters)

Auza: Religion’s role in development is to keep human dignity at center

Posted by - July 29, 2017

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals agreed upon in 2015 are “not ends in themselves,” but a means to bring about “the true good” of the peoples of the world through care for one another and for “our common home,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza said. Essential to implementing these goals by 2030, as

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People illustrate the importance of affordable health care in New York City July 13. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate July 21 to fix problems with the Affordable Care Act in a more narrow way, rather than repeal it without an adequate replacement. (CNS photo/Andrew Gombert, EPA)

Health bill must protect poor, unborn and conscience rights, bishop says

Posted by - July 29, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. senators must reject any bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act unless such a measure “protects poor and vulnerable people, including immigrants, safeguards the unborn and supports conscience rights,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of

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President Donald Trump talks about health care reform in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington July 24. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters)

U.S. bishop urges Senate to remedy health care after vote to proceed

Posted by - July 29, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — After the Senate voted July 25 to proceed with the health care debate, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, urged senators of both parties to “work together to advance changes that serve the common good.” The statement from Bishop Dewane, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic

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World Youth Day Unite participants march near Washington's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception July 22. More than 1,300 young adults from across the country gathered in the nation's capital for the event designed to bring young people together to celebrate their faith in years when there is no global World Youth Day. (CNS photo/courtesy Daphne Stubbolo, Archdiocese of Washington)

At WYD Unite event, young adults urged to recognize, share God’s love

Posted by - July 29, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — More than 1,300 young adults from across the country gathered at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington July 22 for World Youth Day Unite, an event designed to bring together young people to celebrate their faith in years when the global World Youth Day does not take place. Jose

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A Chinese couple kisses on a street in Beijing July 11, during their pre-wedding photo shoot. Four theologians are studying Vatican archival material with a view of telling the whole story of how and why Blessed Paul VI wrote his encyclical "Humanae Vitae" on married love. (CNS photo/Roman Pilipey, EPA)

Theologians in Italy studying development of ‘Humanae Vitae’

Posted by - July 29, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Four theologians specializing in marriage and family life are studying Vatican archival material with a view of telling the whole story of how and why Blessed Paul VI wrote his encyclical “Humanae Vitae” on married love. Msgr. Gilfredo Marengo, leader of the group and a professor of theological anthropology at Rome’s

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