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The Concave to Elect New Pope Has 19 Latin American Cardinals

The Concave to Elect New Pope Has 19 Latin American Cardinals

The conclave to elect the successor of Benedict XVI will be regulated by the "Ordo Rituum Conclavis" established by John Paul II's apostolic constitution "Universi Dominici Gregis", para. 27. The Cardinal Camerlengo, who has a fundamental role during the Sede Vacante period, is Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, appointed by Benedict XVI on 4 April 2007. continue reading »

Pope Benedict Resigns at End of Month Cites “Advanced Age”

Pope Benedict Resigns at End of Month Cites “Advanced Age”

Pope Benedict XVI is resigning at the end of this month due to his "advanced age," the Vatican said Monday. continue reading »

ACLU Urges Ohio School to Remove Jesus Portrait

ACLU Urges Ohio School to Remove Jesus Portrait

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has filed a federal lawsuit against Jackson Middle School, stating that their display of a portrait of Jesus Christ is unconstitutional. continue reading »

Statement on Immigration ReformChristian Churches Together in the U.S.A.

Statement on Immigration ReformChristian Churches Together in the U.S.A.

Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A., representing the breadth of Christian churches and denominations in the U.S., gathered in Austin, Texas, for its annual meeting to focus on the challenge of immigration reform. We heard from “dreamers,” a variety of immigrants and experts on immigration issues continue reading »

Bolivia Unveils World’s Largest Virgin Mary Statue

Bolivia Unveils World’s Largest Virgin Mary Statue

The largest statue of the Virgin Mary in the world, dedicated to Our Lady of Socavon, was inaugurated at a Feb. 1 ceremony in the city of Oruro, Bolivia. continue reading »

Colombian Priest Killed by Unknown Gunmen While on Vacation

Colombian Priest Killed by Unknown Gunmen While on Vacation

A Colombian priest on vacation was shot to death by unknown gunmen in Norte de Santander province, which borders on Venezuela, police said Sunday. continue reading »

Archbishop Jose Gomez Speaks Out on Immigration

Archbishop Jose Gomez Speaks Out on Immigration

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, welcomed principles set forth by a group of eight U.S. Senators as a blueprint for reform the country’s immigration system. continue reading »

Catholic Samba Group Turns Parade into Procession After Nightclub Fire

Catholic Samba Group Turns Parade into Procession After Nightclub Fire

A Catholic samba group in Rio de Janeiro changed its parade plans after the nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people, most of them students from the local university in Santa Maria. continue reading »

Catholic Church Property Nationalized by Fidel Castro in 1961 Returned

Catholic Church Property Nationalized by Fidel Castro in 1961 Returned

Authorities in the province of Granma, in the south-east of Cuba, have returned to the Catholic Church two buildings and land, within the policies of President Raul Castro, continue reading »

U.S. Friar Accused of Sexually Abuse Commits Suicide

U.S. Friar Accused of Sexually Abuse Commits Suicide

A Franciscan friar accused of sexually abusing male high school students in Pennsylvania committed suicide in the monastery where he had been kept under strict surveillance since 2000, police said Saturday. continue reading »