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‘Horrendous attack weighs on all our hearts,’ says cardinal

News reports about the attack, which left at least eight people dead and 11 others injured, "are too preliminary to understand fully what has happened," the cardinal said, "but it grieves me deeply that we must again respond to such acts of terror."

August newsletter: Office for Hispanic Catholics

Learn about community events and information of interest to Latino Catholics.

Listen to those in need, pope says in World Day of Poor message

How is it that God in heaven can hear the cries of the poor, but so many people watching or standing nearby either cannot or just do not care, Pope Francis asked.

Peru’s cardinal-designate received death threats for opposing smelter

Now he is known as a leading voice echoing Pope Francis' call to care for "our common home," especially in the Pan-Amazonian Church Network, known by its Spanish acronym as REPAM.

All economic activity has moral dimension, doctrinal congregation says

Financial and economic decisions -- everything from where a family chooses to invest its savings to where a multinational corporation declares its tax residence -- are ethical decisions that can be virtuous or sinful, a new Vatican document said.

Gift of baptism is to be cherished, pope says at audience

Parents and godparents must make sure they "feed the flame of baptismal grace in their little ones, helping them persevere in the faith," the pope said May 16 at his weekly general audience.

Ghana’s bishops launch project to clean up corruption, environment

Addressing the relationship between social and ecological health, the bishops seek to "shape hearts, attitudes and minds" in the African nation, which ranks among the most corrupt in the world.

Police find heart of Dublin’s patron saint, six years after its theft

The relic of St. Laurence O'Toole, which has been venerated for 800 years, was returned to Christ Church Cathedral in a ceremony held on April 26.

Pope: Crucifix is a sign of God’s love, not just a piece of jewelry

The revelation of God's love toward humanity is made known through contemplating the crucifix and not just using it as work of art or as a fashion accessory, Pope Francis said.

‘Boys will be boys,’ or is it time to man up?

A couple disagrees over whether to cut their teenage sons some slack, or to rein them in. Deacon Paul and Helen McBlain advise honest discussions, and above all, prayer.

Emmet Cahill Live in Springfield

Sony Music recording artist and Celtic Thunder lead singer Emmet Cahill returns to Springfield on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. to perform songs from his debut orchestral album, “Emmet Cahill’s Ireland”.