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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."

2017-2018 Audited Financial Statements of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Office for Financial Services - Supplemental narrative to audited financial statements for the Office for Financial Services

Dutch bishops: Media report on abuse was old news; safeguards in place

A Sept. 14 story in the NRC Handelsblad daily accused more than half of Dutch bishops of complicity in sexual abuse.

In letters to German cardinal, retired pope defends way he stepped down

Retired Pope Benedict XVI expressed his displeasure with the way a German cardinal publicly criticized his stepping down as pontiff, and he defended taking the title "pope emeritus."

Exploring Women Mystics: Etty Hillesum And Thea Bowman

Two women, two realities, one experience of a God whose joyous love within them confronted the evil of their time. Thea Bowman’s powerful message continues to challenge a Church blind to the racism within its ranks and in a suffering world.

Clear response to abuse crisis is urgently needed, cardinal says

Responding quickly and appropriately to the problem of abuse must be a priority for the Catholic Church, said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

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.