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Venerating saint's relics on U.S. tour a chance for renewal, says priest
Oct 09 2015
The major relics of St. Maria Goretti, known as the "patroness of purity," are on a "pilgrimage of mercy" in the United States this fall.

Polish cardinal helps dedicate altar at U.S. shrine to St. John Paul II
Oct 09 2015
Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Poland, made his first visit to a national shrine in Washington dedicated to the pope he served as personal secretary for nearly 27 years. The cardinal consecrated the main altar at the St. John Paul II National Shrine during an Oct. 2 Mass of dedication.

Synod changes: Making less time for speeches, more time for dialogue
Oct 08 2015
Because the number of bishops in the world – and at the synods – continues to grow, the amount of time they are given for speeches to the assembly has been reduced.

Archbishop Chaput: Synod does include ‘lobbying’ in search of truth
Oct 07 2015
When a big group of people gathers to discuss something important, people start lobbying, even if that group is the world Synod of Bishops, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.

Pope says ministry to divorced, remarried is not only topic for synod
Oct 06 2015
Pope Francis urged members not to act as if the only question that mattered was the pastoral care of divorced and remarried Catholics.

‘Unite suffering’ with those grieving, archbishop tells Oregon Catholics
Oct 05 2015
St. Joseph Parish in Roseburg hosted an emotional Mass the evening of Oct. 1 for 10 people who died in a shooting that morning.

Pope says synod is not parliament, but place to listen to Holy Spirit
Oct 05 2015
The world Synod of Bishops on the family is not a parliament, Pope Francis said, but it must be a place of prayer.

On synod’s eve, Vatican official declares his homosexuality
Oct 03 2015
On the eve of the Synod of Bishops on the family, a Polish monsignor who works in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, publicly declared he is homosexual and has a stable partner.

Lesson for synod seen in joy evident at World Meeting of Families
Oct 02 2015
Many hope the passion shown by the pope at the World Festival of Families will drive the Oct. 4-25 Synod of Bishops on the family.

Silence and indifference to migrant crisis lead to complicity, pope says
Oct 02 2015
Indifference to the tragedies today’s migrants and refugees are facing lead to complicity when people remain silent, Pope Francis said.