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Uganda’s bishops reviewing country’s anti-gay law, says church official

CAIRO (CNS) -- Uganda's Catholic bishops have begun reviewing a text of the country's new anti-gay law in order to come up with "an educated" response, said a senior church official.

Lent comes ‘to reawaken us,’ pope says at Ash Wednesday Mass

ROME (CNS) -- Lent is meant to wake up Christians and help them see that God can give them the strength to change their lives and their surroundings, Pope Francis said.

Catholic clergy in Crimea defend Ukraine’s right to self-determination

OXFORD, England (CNS) -- Catholic clergy in Crimea have defended Ukraine's right to self-determination.

Pope, in interview, suggests church could tolerate some civil unions

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church could tolerate some types of nonmarital civil unions as a practical measure to guarantee property rights and health care. He also said the church would not change its teaching against artificial birth control but should take care to apply it with "much mercy."

For Buenos Aires’ working class, Carnival makes a comeback

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (CNS) -- Paula Zanarini has not worked for two years. She blames her age, 38, for an inability to find or keep the jobs she had as a customer service representative for several telecom companies in Argentina.

Pope is challenging church to revitalize roots in Christ, cardinals say

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In just one year, Pope Francis has made a powerful impact on the Catholic Church worldwide, a number of cardinals have said. Members of the College of Cardinals gathered in Rome for a series of meetings in late February, and several spoke to Catholic News Service about the Argentine pope's budding legacy.

Pope asks prayers for Ukraine; archbishop says country in danger

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As uncertainty reigned in Ukraine and Russian troops appeared to have control of the Crimean peninsula, Pope Francis again asked the world's Christians to pray for Ukraine and urged the parties involved in the conflict to engage in dialogue.

The quotable pope: Top 10 sayings of Pope Francis

Pope Francis has given the church a bounty of memorable sound bites in his first year as pontiff. Here are 10, in no particular order.

As in Bosnia, Syrian activists urged to use nonviolence

A Franciscan priest who worked in Bosnia in the 1990s, with its "vortex of violence," told peace Syrians they should use nonviolence in their peacemaking efforts. "If you do something, God will help you," the priest said. "You have to start."

Pope names aide to post at new economy secretariat

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has named the Maltese monsignor who initially served as his personal secretary to be the general secretary of the new Secretariat for the Economy. Msgr. Alfred Xuereb, 55, had served as assistant personal secretary to Pope Benedict XVI and stepped up as Pope Francis’ secretary when the new pope […]