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New priest celebrates first Mass in his home parish

After his ordination on May 21, Father Matthew Windle returned to Sacred Heart Church in Havertown May 22 to celebrate his first liturgy with priests friends and supportive family members and parishioners.

New department in archdiocese will make ministries more parish-focused

When the Archdiocese of Chicago's new Department of Parish Vitality and Mission debuts this summer, parishes should notice a new dedication to helping them fulfill the church's mission.

Lebanese leaders hope pope-imam meeting leads to new relationships

"This is a very important meeting, not only because it is the first of its kind in history that the grand imam of al-Azhar visits the Vatican and is received by the Holy Father, but the timing in itself is very important."

Vatican bank supervisory members step down over management differences

Carlo Salvatori and Clemens Borsig decided to step down from the Vatican bank "in light of legitimate reflections and opinions concerning the management of an institute whose nature and purpose" are "so particular."

Families with sick members hit hard by Venezuela’s economic crisis

Pharmacies in the city are filling their shelves with soft drinks, potato chips and homemade natural remedies to cover up the lack of medicines.

Interior peace leads to care for poor and creation, pope says

The voice of the poor, the marginalized and the oppressed can be heard only if Christians quiet their hearts through prayer, Pope Francis said.

Pope calls for prayers for Syria, children gone missing around world

At the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, the pope mentioned a string of attacks to hit "beloved Syria" May 23, causing the death of "defenseless civilians."

‘VatiLeaks’: Investigator says consultant admitted leaking documents

Stefano DeSantis testified May 24 that Francesca Chaouqui told Vatican police officials she sent documents regarding the Vatican Asset Management (VAM) to Gianluigi Nuzzi.

Members of Marian group attend outdoor Mass celebrated by bishop

A Puerto Rican bishop celebrating Mass in Sabana Grande welcomed members of an unrecognized Marian organization, but remained silent about the group's ecclesial status.

Supreme Court: Race played role in death penalty case jury selection

The 7-1 decision sent the case of Timothy Foster, an African-American facing the death penalty for killing an elderly white woman in 1986 when he was 18, back to Georgia for a new trial.