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By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people’s “real needs” with concrete assistance, to experience a “true pilgrimage” on foot, and to send “missionaries of mercy” throughout the world to forgive even the most

By Ann Schneible CNA/EWTN News  Christians in pursuit of unity should not be afraid to broach potential areas of disagreement such as marriage, family, and sexuality, Pope Francis said in a meeting with the head of Sweden’s Lutheran church. “All Catholic faithful” are invited “to take up, recognize the signs

By Matt Hadro & Adelaide Mena CNA/EWTN News  After unrest erupted in Baltimore following the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, Catholics stepped up to restore their communities and pray for peace and justice in their neighborhoods. “The community, to me, is not those people that come in and sell

By Matt Hadro & Adelaide Mena CNA/EWTN News  U.S. Supreme Court justices asked tough questions of both plaintiffs and respondents at oral arguments on Tuesday in a possibly landmark marriage case that is expected to be decided in June. “Clearly, the justices were conflicted over this issue,” stated the Heritage

By Mary Rezac & Michelle Bauman Catholic News Agency  Many journalists would say they have a passion for truth, but for Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, that took on added significance as she worked for the Church she loved. Ubiquitous in the world of U.S. Catholic media, Sr. Walsh was well-known

By Paul McMullen Catholic News Service BALTIMORE — For four hours April 27, Freddie Gray Jr. was patiently and prayerfully memorialized. That peace, however, was extremely fragile. Gray, 25, died April 19, one week after being arrested on a weapons charge and sustaining a severe spinal cord injury in West

By Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and named Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, Utah, to succeed him. Archbishop Sheehan, who has headed the Santa Fe Archdiocese since1993, turned 75 last year,

By Ann Schneible CNA/EWTN News  Kathmandu, Nepal — Pope Francis led the crowds gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for the weekly Regina Caeli address in praying for the victims of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal which has claimed thousands of lives. “I wish to express my closeness to the populations struck

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — In every relationship, including one’s relationship with Jesus, it is important to remember that “first encounter,” that initial, life-changing moment of love, Pope Francis said. Celebrating Mass April 24 in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis used the

By Joyce Duriga Catholic News Service CHICAGO — Alfredo Fricano is probably one of the only people who could get away with telling Cardinal Francis E. George he looked like a “bum.” Once the cardinal’s longtime barber — who his clients just call Alfredo — saw him on TV and