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By Joanne Fox Catholic News Service  SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Micah Herbst of Sioux City does not have a son on the football team at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School. But her quick eye — that caught a contest through her employer — resulted in the Sioux City school being

By Nate Madden Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — At this year’s March for Life Jan. 22, the things to notice about the crowd in attendance were its youth, its growth and the sense that these young people are bringing about a cultural renewal. Groups from all over the United States

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — Addressing the Vatican tribunal primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments, Pope Francis said all annulment processes should be free of charge. “The sacraments are free. The sacraments give us grace. And a matrimonial process pertains to the sacrament

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — Evoking a phrase long associated with the civil rights movement, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston told an overflow crowd in Washington that “we shall overcome” in the fight against abortion. Quoting Pope Francis in his homily Jan. 21 during the opening

By Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — A group of Catholic leaders urged fellow Catholics in Congress to set aside “partisan bickering” and support the U.S. bishops’ efforts on behalf of a comprehensive immigration reform, calling it a sanctity of life issue and an important step in building a culture of

By Ann Schneible CNA/EWTN News  VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has rejected the “simplistic” belief that large families are among the causes of poverty, stressing that economic systems which create a culture of waste are to blame. “Families know they are essential to the life of society,” the Pope said

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service  ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MANILA — Pope Francis said his September trip to the U.S. will take him to Philadelphia, New York and Washington — where he intends to canonize Blessed Junipero Serra — but probably no other stops. Pope Francis made

CNA/EWTN News MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Pope departed the Philippines Monday morning from Villamor Air Base at a farewell ceremony where over 400 abandoned children from various welfare centers performed songs to bid him farewell. “Pope Francis, we love you!” they said in a coordinated chant.

CNA/EWTN News Pope Francis took the opportunity during an address to families in the Philippines to praise Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical opposing contraception and affirming Church teaching on sexuality and human life. The Pope spoke Friday to families gathered at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila during his