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Cardinal-designate Gregory thanks pope ‘with grateful, humble heart’

Installed as Washington's archbishop last year, Cardinal-designate Wilton D. Gregory said his Oct. 25 appointment will enable him "to work more closely with" Pope Francis "in caring for Christ's church."

Most Catholics concerned about climate change, poll finds

What is driving significant percentages of Catholics to be worried or concerned is "more people and communities are experiencing impacts of climate change firsthand," said the head of the Catholic Climate Covenant.

HHS ensures hospital patients get spiritual care amid pandemic

The federal agency is resolving discrimination complaints over two hospitals' refusal to let patients receive baptism and the anointing of the sick during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cardinal Dolan calls for ‘the shield of faith’ to protect Armenian Christians

At an interfaith liturgy, New York's archbishop offered spiritual support and encouragement to the Christian community in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which includes Armenian Christians.

Pope’s civil union remarks won’t change teaching on marriage, U.S. bishops say

Pope Francis' expression of openness to legal civil unions, including for gay couples, does not change church teaching on marriage as being between one woman and one man, said several U.S. bishops and dioceses.

EWTN News/RealClear poll shows more ‘likely Catholic voters’ behind Biden

Less than two weeks before the presidential election, a new poll indicated President Donald Trump has lost the so-called "Catholic vote," with a 12-point gap between him and his challenger.

Richmond bishop hopes survivors’ recompense will bring ‘continued healing’

Bishop Barry Knestout released a report Oct. 15 summarizing the results of the Independent Reconciliation Program which compensated 51 sexual abuse victims totaling $6.3 million.

USCCB promotes ‘Election Novena’ to pray for nation

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is encouraging people of faith to take part in an election novena beginning Oct. 26 and ending Nov. 3, Election Day -- see the prayers for each day here.

In virtual seminar, Catholics urged to stand for faith in public square

In a livestreamed event from the Diocese of Phoenix, speakers traced the history and current issues of religious freedom, including Helen Alvaré on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Supreme Court case regarding placement of foster children.

Archbishop leads rosary, exorcism to bring peace to Portland, Ore.

Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample led public prayers through the streets in a city that has witnessed peaceful racial justice protests peppered with riots for more than four months. He led a rite meant to cleanse a community of evil.