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Pope Francis Prays for Victims of Deadly Attack in London

VATICAN CITY — After an apparent terrorist attack in London yesterday, Pope Francis has voiced his sorrow and solidarity with the victims and their families, entrusting them and the nation to God’s mercy. “Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of...

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Pope: Fatima Visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto Will Be Proclaimed Saints

VATICAN CITY — On Thursday Pope Francis approved the second and final miracle needed to canonize Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the shepherd children who witnessed the Fatima Marian apparitions. The Pope approved the miracle in a...

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The World Prays for London in Wake of Westminster Attack

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 8:40pm Eastern March 22 with latest news about victims. Our prayers are with the victims and their families. The papal statement of prayer and condolence was released March 23.   LONDON — Church and...

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Marie Collins Highlights Ongoing Tensions Over Vatican’s Handling of Clergy Abuse

VATICAN CITY — The resignation of Marie Collins from the Vatican’s commission helping to protect minors from clerical sex abuse is being seen as another wake-up call for the Vatican in how it deals with such cases. One of just two clerical-abuse...

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Local Bishop: Ongoing Messages at Argentine Apparition Will Be Kept Private

It has been called the Medjugorje of Argentina. A now widely popular apparition of Mary began in the early 1980s, when rosaries began to glow in multiple homes in the town of San Nicolás de los Arroyos, a city of 138,000 people about 150 miles...

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Lawsuit: Girl in Boys’ Locker Room Violated Student Privacy

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania high school wrongly allowed a female student into the boys’ locker room and violated an undressing male student’s privacy and his right to be free from harassment, a lawsuit charges. “No school should rob any...

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Pro-Life Leaders Call for ‘Swift Confirmation’ of Judge Gorsuch

WASHINGTON — Judge Neil Gorsuch deserves “swift confirmation” to the U.S. Supreme Court, leaders of pro-life and pro-family groups have said. “Neil Gorsuch has proven himself to be a defender of the most basic human rights,” said the March 20...

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Italian Bishop: Mobsters Cannot Be Godparents

PALERMO, Italy — An Italian bishop has announced that known members of the mafia cannot be godparents for the Catholic sacraments of baptism or confirmation. The diocesan decree came from Michele Pennisi, bishop of Monreale, near Palermo in...

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The Trump-Ryan Cure for Obamacare: What’s in Play

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have been barnstorming Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” with their own prescription for health care reform: the American...

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Vatican Releases Papal Program for 100th-Anniversary Visit to Fatima

VATICAN CITY — On Monday, the Vatican released the official program for Pope Francis’ two-day visit to Portugal in May, where he’ll celebrate the centenary of the Fatima Marian apparitions and make a brief stop at an air base to meet the...