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Gospel is God’s gift, not a means to wage war, bishop says

Bishops should not give in to calls to be more combative cultural warriors in the world, said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn.

Evangelization must take culture seriously, pope says at award ceremony

Giving the Ratzinger prize to a philosopher from Canada and a Scripture scholar from Burkina Faso, Pope Francis said they demonstrate that "in the variety of cultures, diverse across time and space, one can and should always seek the way to God and the encounter with Christ."

Economy lacking ethics leads to ‘throwaway’ culture, pope says

"An economic system that is fair, trustworthy and capable of addressing the most profound challenges facing humanity and our planet is urgently needed," he said in a speech addressed to members of the Council for Inclusive Capitalism during an audience at the Vatican Nov. 11.

Music, art are a gateway to discover God’s greatness, pope says

Liturgical musicians have the unique calling to interpret God's will and love through song and praise, Pope Francis said.

Vatican no longer sees Diocese of Fairbanks as mission territory

Pope Francis has decided to remove the Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, from the list of missionary dioceses around the world dependent on the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Providing no explanation, the Vatican announced the change Nov. 11.

Christ wants to redeem everyone, pope tells mission teams

No one is so far from God that Christ cannot bring them back, Pope Francis told members of the Diocese of Rome's new pastoral teams responsible for outreach.

Pope prays for eventual visit to South Sudan, peace in Bolivia

Expressing his hope to visit South Sudan next year, Pope Francis appealed to the leaders there to continue to follow the path of dialogue and the common good.

Philippine bishop says child workers face dangerous conditions

Bishop Roberto Mallari of San Jose, chairman of the bishops' Commission on Catechism and Catholic Education, said the situation was alarming and sad.

Concern for inmates, prison reform is obligatory act of mercy, pope says

Pope Francis urged greater efforts to reform prison systems, address the root causes of crime and ensure acceptance and reintegration once a person completes his or her sentence.

English cardinal: Priests would die rather than break seal of confession

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse that the English and Welsh bishops would reject any attempts to compel priests to report Catholics who admit to committing sexual abuse during confession.