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Fear, uncertainty lead to a ‘do-it-yourself’ religion, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Like the ancient Israelites, Christians today also can fall into the temptation of creating their own idols when difficulties and uncertainties arise, Pope Francis said. “To […]

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Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert […]

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Church leaders urge inquiry into abuse claims against archbishop

WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Catholic Church leaders have been calling for an internal investigation into the handling of allegations of abuse and sexual misconduct against Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick and […]

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Pope accepts Cardinal McCarrick’s resignation as cardinal

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and has ordered him to maintain […]

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Dark to light: Buried under scaffolding, Holy Stairs set for resurrection

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With large sheets of plain plywood blocking public access to the Holy Stairs, one woman lovingly touched a large color photograph of the stairs, made the […]

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‘Sterile hypocrisy’ behind mistreatment of migrants, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hearts that are closed to welcoming migrants and refugees are similar to those of the Pharisees, who often would preach sacrifice and following God’s law without […]

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Credible leadership serves others, pope tells cardinals at consistory

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Defending the weak or hopeless and becoming a servant to those most in need is the best promotion one can ever receive, Pope Francis told new […]

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Sports on Sundays OK, except to skip Mass, says Vatican

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A new Vatican document cautions against the dangers of highly competitive children’s sports, political and economic pressures on athletes to win ‘”at all costs” and the […]

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All economic activity has moral dimension, doctrinal congregation says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Financial and economic decisions — everything from where a family chooses to invest its savings to where a multinational corporation declares its tax residence — are […]

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All of Chile’s bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal. “We want […]

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Theologians call for regular consultation of laity in Church decisions

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs to seek the input, commitment and talents of all of its members if it is to be truly catholic and to evangelize […]

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Clergy abuse survivors grateful after private meetings with pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After private meetings with Pope Francis, three survivors of clergy sexual abuse from Chile said they felt they had been heard and were hopeful for changes […]