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Local Catholics answer Pope Francis’ call for prayer, fasting

In his address to the nation Sept. 10, President Barack Obama indicated he would delay a possible military strike against Syria while pursuing a diplomatic path to ending the crisis.

USCCB president: CHA support of health care rules ‘less than helpful’

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the Catholic Health Association's acceptance of rules governing women's access to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act was "less than helpful" to the bishops' effort to seek changes in the mandate.

Pope Francis writes Putin, leads diplomatic push against strikes on Syria

Pope Francis asked leaders of the world's 20 largest economies to "lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution" to the Syrian civil war and promote instead a "peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation."

USCCB weighs in on Syria with letter to Obama

Echoing the appeal of Pope Francis and Catholic prelates in Syria, two leaders of the U.S. bishops' conference urged President Barack Obama to seek a political solution in Syria.

Pope’s Syria appeal has special urgency for Catholics in Mideast

Pope Francis' appeal to pray for peace in Syria has a particular urgency for Catholics in the region, who say their countries are most likely to suffer the brunt of any attacks on Damascus.

Pope to lead Vatican prayer vigil for peace in Syria

On the evening of Sept. 7, days before U.S. lawmakers vote on President Barack Obama's proposal for a military attack on Syria, Pope Francis will lead thousands in St. Peter's Square in a prayer vigil for peace.

Pope denounces ‘multiplication of massacres,’ atrocities in Syria

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called again for an end to the fighting in Syria, denouncing the "multiplication of massacres and atrocious acts,"...

Issues that prompted March on Washington not yet solved, bishops say

The issues that prompted the March on Washington 50 years ago have yet to be fully solved, said a 50th anniversary statement on the march issued by the U.S. bishops' Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church.

Pope calls for repentance over treatment of migrants

Before saying a word publicly, Pope Francis made the sign of the cross and tossed a wreath of white and yellow flowers into the Mediterranean Sea in memory of the estimated 20,000 African immigrants who have died in the past 25 years trying to reach a new life in Europe.

Religious retiree issues lifelong homework assignment

Benedictine Sister Josine Krausnick, who spent 45 years teaching at St. Thomas the Apostle School before retiring June 7, required one last thing of...