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Pope, cardinal advisers discuss church tribunals, Curia offices
Feb 15 2017
Pope Francis and members of the international Council of Cardinals advising him on church governance discussed the functions of the Vatican tribunals that handle marriage, appeals and indulgences.

Pope praises abuse survivor for breaking silence
Feb 13 2017
The sexual abuse of children by those who have vowed to serve Christ represents “a diabolical sacrifice” of innocent, defenseless lives, Pope Francis said.

Pope names envoy to study pastoral care of faithful in Medjugorje
Feb 13 2017
The pope chose Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga as his special envoy to Medjugorje, the Vatican announced Feb. 11.

Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop Lori urge Congress to pass conscience protections for health care providers
Feb 11 2017
"The Conscience Protection Act will address the deficiencies that block effective enforcement of existing laws," Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori said.

U.S. bishops call for solidarity with Middle East victims of violence
Feb 10 2017
The bishops called on Americans to accept “our nation's fair share” of vulnerable families for resettlement as refugees.

Bishop Vasquez welcomes federal appeals court ruling on refugee ban
Feb 10 2017
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to resettling refugees and all those fleeing persecution,” Austin Bishop Joe S. Vasquez said.

Church needs religious orders’ courage, witness, pope tells superiors
Feb 09 2017
The pope expressed concern about newer religious communities he described as "restorationists."

Vatican official speaks at U.S. bishops’ bioethics conference
Feb 09 2017
The head of the Pontifical Council for Life urged the U.S. bishops to stress the human dimension that is under threat of being ignored in the continued search for technological progress.

New gender policy won’t affect Catholic Scouting units, says committee
Feb 08 2017
The Boy Scouts of America’s new policy to accept members based on their gender identity will have no impact on Scouting units sponsored by the Catholic Church, said the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

At audience, pope leads prayers for migrants, trafficking victims
Feb 08 2017
Pope Francis asked government officials around the world to “decisively combat this plague” of human trafficking.