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IMAGE: CNS photo/Holy See Press Office By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis left the Vatican Jan. 11 to visit a community of cloistered Poor Clare nuns in Umbria, the Vatican said. The pope made the "private visit" to encourage the sisters and to share the Eucharist, prayer

IMAGE: CNS image/courtesy Holy See Press Office By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will make a three-day apostolic visit to Romania in late May, the Vatican announced. Accepting invitations from President Klaus Iohannis and from Catholic leaders, the pope will visit the capital of Bucharest, the cities

IMAGE: CNS photo/Leah Millis, Reuters By MCALLEN, Texas (CNS) — President Donald Trump got a brief look at the work of a well-known Catholic Charities-run refugee center in South Texas during a daylong trip to the border. His visit to the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen Jan. 10 came less

IMAGE: CNS photo/Bob Roller By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) — Although the weeklong retreat for U.S. Catholic bishops emphasized quiet reflection, several bishops spoke out on social media during the retreat and after it wrapped up Jan. 8 with positive reaction about it and to give shoutouts to the retreat

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul Haring By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — By summoning leaders of the world’s bishops’ conferences and top representatives of religious orders to the Vatican in February to address the abuse crisis and the protection of minors, Pope Francis is sending the message that the need for

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul Haring By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican announced its plans to take a leap of faith into the wide world of sports with the creation of its first ever sports association. The Vatican Athletic sports association, which will fall under the auspices of

IMAGE: CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters By Rhina Guidos WASHINGTON (CNS) — No sooner had President Donald Trump finished his Jan. 8 nine-minute speech, his first such event televised in prime time from the Oval Office, about what he called a "crisis" at the border, than Catholic groups and others began

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul Haring By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God is a father who never ignores his children when they call to him in times of suffering, loneliness and despair, Pope Francis said. Although at times it seems that "so many of our prayers seem to have

IMAGE: CNS photo/courtesy Israel Gonzalez Espinoza By Rhina Guidos WASHINGTON (CNS) — Many will make sacrifices to attend the upcoming World Youth Day in Panama in late January, but few compare to the challenges facing young Catholics in nearby Nicaragua as the country deals with political and economic upheaval, some

IMAGE: CNS photo/John Shaughnessy, The Criterion By John Shaughnessy INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Tears filled Missy Brassie’s eyes as she talked about the most emotional part of the five-day SEEK2019 conference involving more than 17,000 young adult Catholics from around the world. It happened the evening of Jan. 5 in a