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A ‘call to a social change of heart’

This week Caritas Internationalis, the church’s confederation of Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations, will be holding their General Assembly here at the Vatican. It will include elections and

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‘Carrying the Word of God forth to the world’

Since being elected, Pope Francis has been vocally supportive of the charismatic movement within the church, memorably participating in an enormous rally at Rome’s Olympic stadium last summer and praying

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‘Because this is the time for mercy’

On April 11, on the vigil of the feast of the Sunday of Divine Mercy, Pope Francis published a papal bull of indiction for the upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

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Progress in improving Catholic-Orthodox relations

As we continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, it’s important to take stock of what it has meant for the People of God and Christ’s

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‘The miracle of the blood’

Pope Francis traveled south from Rome to visit the city of Naples (Napoli) earlier this week. Because the southern regions of Italy have historically been — and are still —

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Pope Francis and today’s technology

Theologian Vincent Miller has written a number of interesting articles and books about globalization and commodification in our contemporary world, touching often upon the role technology plays in them. He

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Conversion at the heart of ecumenism, pope says

This year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concluded with the pope’s traditional pilgrimage to St. Paul’s Outside the Walls to mark the saint’s conversion (which notably does not mention

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Christmas wrap-up, Roman style

As the church officially marked the end of the Christmas season on Jan. 11’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Romans are this week packing up the presepi

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‘Wisdom of the heart’ infused by the Holy Spirit

The pope recently released his message for the 23rd World Day of the Sick, which will be held on Feb. 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. It is

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Europe’s relationship with the church, the human family

Pope Francis recently gave an important, if not widely discussed, speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In it, he laid out his vision and hope for Europe’s relationship with