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IMAGE: CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters By WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two Catholic leaders applauded congressional committees for reauthorizing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, opening the door for final passage of a bill to keep the program in place for another five years. Citing how the 15-year-old program has saved

IMAGE: CNS photo/Kevin J. Parks, Catholic Review By Paul McMullen BALTIMORE (CNS) — This generation of immigrants to Baltimore will continue to find a haven in the Catholic Church. That was the message Oct. 10 from the steps of Sacred Heart of Jesus-Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, where Baltimore Mayor Catherine

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Although bishops should increase the majority of voting members at a Synod of Bishops, the fact that the body is only consultative means women should be included as full members just as priests and religious brothers are, said three priests who are voting

IMAGE: CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters By David Agren SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) — Near the end of his homily at a Mass just prior to St. Oscar Romero’s canonization, Jesuit Father Jose Maria Tojeira yelled to the crowd outside the Metropolitan Cathedral: “Viva Monsenor Romero!” (Long live Bishop Romero!)

IMAGE: CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters By Melissa Vida VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Before the sun rose in Rome Oct. 14, 88-year-old Gaspar Romero and his brother, 93-year-old Tiberio Romero were at the head of the line of thousands of people waiting to get into St. Peter’s Square. The two were

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul Haring By Melissa Vida and Junno Arocho Esteves ROME (CNS) — For many pilgrims from El Salvador and for many Catholics who focus on the tie between faith and justice, waiting for the canonization of St. Oscar Romero was an exercise in patience. The declaration of the

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul Haring By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Carrying Pope Paul VI’s pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognized them, and five others, as saints of the Catholic Church. Thousands of pilgrims from the new saints’

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul Haring By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church must be a place of justice and mercy, and its members must be catalysts for change, some young observers said at the Synod of Bishops Oct. 11. “In order to teach justice and mercy to our

By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A new documentary about Blessed Oscar Romero, featuring a rare interview with him, revealed the martyred archbishop’s thoughts regarding accusations that he became too progressive. Salvadoran Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez shared an excerpt of the interview with journalists during a briefing Oct.

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The devil is more dangerous when he is polite and friendly, persuading people to be “lukewarm” and worldly, than when he shows his true face and blatantly pushes people to sin, Pope Francis said. The vocation or “nature of the devil is to