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By Lise Alves Catholic News Service  SAO PAULO (CNS) — The man who confessed to killing a U.S.-born nun in 2005 in Brazil’s Amazon has been released from prison. Rayfran das Neves Sales, who served a little less than eight years of a 27-year sentence for shooting Sister Dorothy Stang,

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Presenting Pope Francis‘ new encyclical and acknowledging how much of it was prepared by retired Pope Benedict XVI, top Vatican officials hailed it as a unique expression of the development of papal teaching and unity in faith.

POPE BLESSES CROWD IN ST. LOUIS IN 1999
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis signed a decree clearing the way for the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and has decided also to ask the world’s cardinals to vote on the canonization of Blessed John XXIII, even in the absence of a

By Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The cardinals and archbishops who are members of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes met July 2 and, according to Italian news reports, took steps to advance the sainthood causes of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII. The Vatican press office confirmed

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The director and the deputy director of the Vatican bank, which is being investigated by a special papal commission, resigned July 1.

From News Reports and the USCCB The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 110-page ruling on its health care mandate, released today, requires time for analysis, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Cardinal Dolan also expressed gratitude for the five-month

The Pope’s general prayer intention for July is: “That World Youth Day in Brazil may encourage all young Christians to become disciples and missionaries of the Gospel.”   His mission intention is: “That throughout Asia doors may open to messengers of the Gospel.”

By Bill Howard Catholic News Service DENVER (CNS) — The nation’s heated debate over immigration reform this summer is “a defining historical moment for America” and “a moment for national renewal” Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez told hundreds of attendees at the closing keynote address of the Catholic Media

March file photo of people demonstrating as Supreme Court hears arguments in cases on same-sex marriage
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a press release in the wake of the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and Prop 8. The full release is included below. USCCB Press Release WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and

Staff Report The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Wednesday morning that the Defense of Marriage Act, better known as DOMA, is unconstitutional. The decision was split 5-4 in the case officially known as  U.S. vs. Windsor. More on this topic: Supreme Court decisions on DOMA, Prop 8 called