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Pope Francis Phones Family of Slain U.S. Journalist

Pope Francis Phones Family of Slain U.S. Journalist

Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the pope phoned relative continue reading »

Pope’s Nephew Injured and Three Other Relatives Killed in Car Crash in Argentina

Pope’s Nephew Injured and Three Other Relatives Killed in Car Crash in Argentina

Three relatives of Pope Francis were killed Tuesday in a traffic accident in Argentina's Cordoba province, police told Efe, adding that a fourth Bergoglio family member was in critical condition at a hospital. continue reading »

Migration Fix Must Look at Big Picture, Bishop Encourages

Migration Fix Must Look at Big Picture, Bishop Encourages

The head of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee challenged U.S. President Obama and the leaders of Central America to respond to violence in that region in order to protect children who are being forced to flee. continue reading »

Pope Francis First US Visit Confirmed

Pope Francis First US Visit Confirmed

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year. Archbishop Chaput made the announcement July 24 before giving his homily during the opening Mass of the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo continue reading »

From Gangs to Coffee Rust: Push factors for Central American Migrants

From Gangs to Coffee Rust: Push factors for Central American Migrants

Giovani Melendez, 31, fled this Central American capital with his family, setting out suddenly on a search for safety in the United States after gangs demanded growing extortion payments he was unable afford. The family -- Melen continue reading »

Pope Calls on Europe to Welcome Refugees

Pope Calls on Europe to Welcome Refugees

Pope Francis lamented Saturday the tragedies that have caused the death of hundreds of immigrants so far this year in the Mediterranean, and called on European institutions to be more generous when dealing with refugees. continue reading »

Spain’s New King and Queen Meet the Pope

Spain’s New King and Queen Meet the Pope

Pope Francis on Monday welcomed Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to the Vatican. continue reading »

Pope Francis Accepts Mexican President’s Invitation to Visit

Pope Francis Accepts Mexican President’s Invitation to Visit

Pope Francis met in the Vatican City, Saturday, with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and accepted his invitation to visit the Latin American country. continue reading »

Catholic Bishops Pray for Immigrants in Washington

Catholic Bishops Pray for Immigrants in Washington

Several Catholic bishops celebrated a Mass on Thursday to pay tribute to the victims of immigration in a church near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, where they will meet with members of Congress to ask them to approve immigration reform. continue reading »

Pope’s Historic Visits to Holy Land

Pope’s Historic Visits to Holy Land

Pope Francis landed Sunday afternoon at Ben Gurion International Airport on the outskirts of Tel Aviv on the third stop of his visit to the Holy Land. continue reading »

Pope Blames War in Syria on Those Who “Make and Sell Weapons”

Pope Blames War in Syria on Those Who “Make and Sell Weapons”

Pope Francis said here Saturday that hatred and greed are the root causes of armed conflict and blamed the continuing civil war in Syria on those who "make and sell weapons." continue reading »

Pope Says Letter to Argentine Government is Authentic

Pope Says Letter to Argentine Government is Authentic

Pope Francis telephoned the Argentine envoy to the Vatican on Friday to ask that he "officially" ratify to the government of Cristina Fernandez the authenticity of the message he sent on the occasion of Argentina's Independence Day. continue reading »

Bishops Ask Pope to Beatify Archbishop Romero in El Salvador

Bishops Ask Pope to Beatify Archbishop Romero in El Salvador

Pope Francis assured the bishops of El Salvador that the sainthood cause of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero was proceeding well, and the bishops asked him to come to El Salvador to preside personally over the archbishop's hoped-for beatification. Archbishop Jose Escobar Alas told reporters May 18 that he and three other Salvadoran bishops met the pope at the Vatican May 9 continue reading »

Antonio Banderas May be Cast as Pope Francis in Biopic

Antonio Banderas May be Cast as Pope Francis in Biopic

Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas may be cast in the role of Pope Francis in the first feature film to be made on the life of the Argentine pontiff. Italian director Daniele Luchetti plans to make the $12 million Spanish language film, titled “Call Me Francesco,” with producer Pietro Valsecchi, who has made some of Italy’s highest-grossing movies. continue reading »

PEW Hispanic Reports Growing Number of Latinos Leaving Catholic Church

PEW Hispanic Reports Growing Number of Latinos Leaving Catholic Church

The majority of Hispanics in the United States continue to practice Catholicism, but the numbers of Latinos describing themselves as Protestant or unaffiliated are rising, the Pew Research Center says in a study released Wednesday. continue reading »