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Bishop Thomas Gumbleton Homily: Be ambassadors of God's love, reconciliation and peace

Syrian and Iraqi refugees wait in Lebanon for safety, new life

Michael Sean Winters has been thinking about Pope Francis, and he thinks that a recent interview by Pope Emeritus Benedict and a speech by Cardinal Peter Turkson underscore Pope Francis' "hermeneutic of reform."

Kim Ghattas, a BBC correspondent born and raised in Beirut, is covering the 2016 presidential elections, a first in her journalism career, and she's been feeling right at home in this campaign. "From the displays of demagoguery, television shouting matches, invocations of God’s greatness, to the disaffected working class who feel they have no control over their fate ... reminds me of the politics in the dysfunctional region from which I hail.

Analysis: Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland has a record of restraint, not activism

Bishop of Portsmouth, England, has released a pastoral letter for St. Joseph's Day (March 19) addressed to "Christian Dads." Amid a ‘crisis in fatherhood’, bishop urges fathers to look to St Joseph

Sisters of Earth seek planet literacy, look to indigenous wisdom at upcoming conference

Fr. Tom Reese writes about Misconceptions about the meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

Meanwhile, Patriarch Kirill believes that progress in Syrian settlement result of meeting with Pope Francis

Lewiston, Mont. -- Bad feelings over treatment of gay Catholics disrupt Lewistown funeral

Coptic bishop welcomes US declaration that IS has committed Genocide

A precursor to teacher contracts within the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese has some employees saying the language is so restrictive they’re willing to lose their job over it. Warns teachers against "support[ing] so-called 'same-sex marriages'" and "support[ing] or engag[ing] in artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilization, or surrogate parenthood."

Pittsburgh, Pa. -- Bishop David Zubik made an appearance in a local production of the musical “Sister Act” Thursday night. Yes, video is available.

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