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Imitate Jesus’ humility and service, pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

On a bright day at the Vatican, 70,000 people joined Pope Francis for Palm Sunday Mass, where he remembered modern-day martyrs and those who quietly care for others and "sacrifice themselves daily," following Jesus.

World Youth Day 2016 in Poland will offer ‘Message of Mercy’

A new airport, improved road and rail links, a fleet of dream buses and "Youth Bible" are among features projected for the Catholic Church's 14th international celebration of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in 2016.

Jerusalem’s Armenians mark genocide in ancestral homeland a century ago

John Ourfali, 77, remembers how as a child he saw an elderly family friend break down and cry whenever he met with Ourfali's parents, unable to speak about what had happened to him and his family in the dark days of what today is known as the Armenian Genocide.

For Easter, pope sends assistance to displaced in Iraq, Nigeria

Although not specifying the amount, the Vatican press office said March 27 that the pope was sending aid money to people seeking shelter in Iraq's Kurdistan region and to the Nigerian bishops' conference to assist families in the northern part of the country where the terrorist group Boko Haram has been on a rampage.

Cardinal says bishops’ conferences cannot go it alone on doctrine

Cardinal Gerhard Muller said that while bishops' conferences have authority on some matters, "they don't constitute a magisterium within the magisterium, independently of the pope and out of communion with other bishops."

Pope joins homeless people for private tour of Sistine Chapel

While enjoying a private visit to the Sistine Chapel, a group of VIP guests -- homeless people who live around the Vatican -- were surprised by a visit from Pope Francis.

Aid groups stretched to help 120,000 displaced in southern Philippines

Catholic relief workers and religious communities are aiding thousands of people displaced by military maneuvers designed to root out a Muslim rebel faction on Mindanao.

Public TV stations to air concert celebrating canonization of two popes

A concert conducted last May in Washington by noted conductor Sir Gilbert Levine to celebrate the canonizations of St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II will air on public television stations in Washington, New York, Chicago and other cities around the country in time for Easter.

Laicized Polish priest gets seven years in jail for child sexual abuse

The Polish bishops' conference defended its handling of sexual abuse by clergy after a former priest was jailed in connection with the case of Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized former nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

Brother of slain aid worker talks with pope about dialogue, respect

After Pope Francis encouraged him and pledged his prayers, Michael Haines was able to tell the pope about his work to promote interreligious dialogue and mutual respect, particularly between Christians and Muslims.