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Pope announces themes for upcoming WYD celebrations

Announcing the themes for the next three World Youth Day celebrations, Pope Francis called on young men and women to meditate on the path of Christian life that God has called them to walk.

Receive Communion every time as if it were the first time, pope says

Marking the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ June 23, the pope spoke about the gift of the Eucharist during his midday Angelus address at the Vatican and at the Rome parish of Santa Maria Consolatrice.

Pope calls jubilee for air travelers, Loreto pilgrims in 2020

Marking the 100th anniversary of the declaration of Our Lady of Loreto as the patron saint of aviation and aviators, Pope Francis has authorized a special jubilee year of celebrations, especially at the Italian shrine of Our Lady of Loreto.

Australians begin ‘ad limina’ visits acknowledging impact of crisis

UPDATED - The president of the Australian bishops' conference told his fellow bishops that it is "a time of humiliation" for Catholic Church leaders, but he is convinced that God is still at work.

Vatican women’s soccer match canceled after protests

The members of the Vatican's women's soccer team decided not to play their first foreign match June 22 when a couple members of the opposing team lifted their shirts to reveal slogans protesting the Catholic Church's opposition to abortion.

Report: U.K. church officials ‘deliberately misled’ U.S. archdiocese

UPDATED - The Archdiocese of Los Angeles was persuaded to shelter Father James Robinson, who during the 1970s and 1980s had raped several boys, after English church officials gave false information about his sexual history.

Pope: Theology begins with sincere dialogue, not ‘conquering spirit’

Theology develops through dialogue, not an aggressive defense of doctrine that seeks to impose its beliefs on others, Pope Francis said.

Manila Archdiocese gives gift of life on Cardinal Tagle’s 62nd birthday

Donating blood has become an annual drive to celebrate the cardinal's birthday

Lord’s command to ‘welcome the stranger’ is in danger, patriarch says

"The efforts of European governments to patrol the Mediterranean and prevent desperate people from reaching its northern shores raise questions "about the very concept of 'welcoming the stranger' of which Christianity is the highest expression"

Mexican priest accused of murder after celebrating victim’s funeral Mass

The Archdiocese of Mexico City issued a statement June 19, saying it was watching events closely -- without naming the priest -- and adding it was cooperating with investigators.