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Cardinal: For pope, church reform is spiritual exercise, not a project

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- For Pope Francis, the reform of the Catholic Church and its structures "isn't a project, but an exercise of the Spirit" that will take time, said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa.

Pope calls for prayers for kidnapped nuns, all people abducted in Syria

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide to pray for five Orthodox nuns who were kidnapped in Syria and for all people who have been abducted during the conflict there.

Seminary offers unconventional path to the priesthood for migrants

MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- Oscar Urrutia's path to religious life has been anything but easy.

Church of England report suggests celebrating same-sex relationships

LONDON (CNS) -- A working group for the Church of England recommended gay couples should be permitted to celebrate their relationships with public services in Anglican parishes.

Wall Street vs. Main Street: Pope’s words on economy stir controversy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In enunciating the principles of Catholic social teaching, popes have long stressed the church's special concern for the poor and the need for state intervention to promote economic justice.

Pope, cardinal council begin work on reorganizing Roman Curia

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis and the eight members of his international Council of Cardinals have begun their discussions on specific ways to reorganize the Roman Curia, looking first at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, the Vatican spokesman said.

Pope Francis will help launch worldwide prayers against hunger

The global "wave of prayer," supported by a video from the pope, will begin at noon Dec. 10 on the South Pacific island of Samoa and head west across the world's time zones. Local churches will pray for an end to hunger and malnutrition as well as to act on a local, national or global level against food waste. Nearly 1 billion people -- or about one in eight people -- experienced chronic hunger or undernourishment during 2010-2012, according to the international Catholic organizer of the event.

Ukrainian church leaders condemn police violence against protesters

KIEV, Ukraine (CNS) — The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and other Catholic leaders condemned police violence against “peaceful demonstrations” after President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision not to seek closer ties with the European Union. Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, of Kiev-Halych, major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, also spoke of preventing an “escalation of violence, […]

In conversations with parishioners, pope reveals he once was a bouncer

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In addition to having worked sweeping floors and running tests in a chemical laboratory as a teenager, Pope Francis revealed he also used to work as a bouncer. No longer kicking troublemakers out of clubs, he has discovered the secret to bringing people back, this time, into the church.

Best gift in life is encountering Christ, pope says at start of Advent

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The best present in life is encountering Jesus — an encounter that will last a lifetime, Pope Francis said. A Christian’s whole life “is an encounter with Jesus: in prayer, when we go to Mass, when we do good works, when we visit the sick, when we help the poor, when […]