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Pope Francis gestures before speaking about the death penalty at an event marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, at the Vatican in this Oct. 11, 2017, file photo. The pope ordered a revision to the catechism to state that the death penalty is inadmissible and he committed the church to its abolition. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to

Pope Francis prayer intentions for August. The Treasure of the Family That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.

By Patricia McGeever Exploring the rainforest and seeing the Panama Canal may not be things you’d expect to do on a pilgrimage, but they’re part of World Youth Day 2019 in Panama City. Emily Conklin jumped at the chance to sign up.      “I’ve always wanted to go,” said

By Elise Harris Vatican City, Jun 13, 2018 – Pope Francis said Wednesday that the greatest danger modern youth face is not the array of problems that surround them, but rather, the temptation to mediocrity – preferring to stay immobile rather than making a leap toward the next step. Pointing

Social Networks That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.

The Mission of the Laity That the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.

Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis The Holy Father’s prayer intentions for December 2016 Pope Francis’s universal intention is for an end to child-soldiers: That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over. His evangelization intention is for Europe: That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis thanked a group of bishops in Argentina for providing their priests with concrete guidelines for implementing the section of his apostolic exhortation on the family about circumstances in which divorced and civilly remarried couples might eventually be allowed to

Greg Burke, the new director of the Vatican press office and Vatican spokesman, and Paloma Garcia Ovejero, the new vice director, are pictured during an announcement of their appointments to journalists at the Vatican press office July 11. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, who has served as director of the press office and Vatican spokesman since 2006, will retire. Burke, a native of St. Louis, has worked for the Vatican since 2012 and prior to that was a television correspondent for Fox News. Garcia Ovejero is a Spanish journalist who has worked for the radio station of the Spanish Bishops' Conference. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See PRESS-BURKE-GARCIA July 11, 2016.
Pope Francis named two experienced journalists — including its first female vice director — to lead the Vatican press office. Greg Burke, a native of St. Louis, succeeds Italian Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, who retires after 10 years as head of the Vatican press office, the Vatican announced July 11.