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What’s the secret to 70 years of religious life? The Virgin Mary, this nun says

September 22:Sister Crucita has been a member of the Josephine Sisters in Mexico for 70 years.

Vatican official laments lack of fair trade label for commercial fishing

September 22:An upcoming world congress by the Catholic organization Apostleship of the Sea will focus on the plight of fishermen, who frequently face exploitation in carrying out their work, according to one Vatican official.

In abuse cases there should be no recourse to appeals, Pope Francis says

September 22:There should be no opportunity for appealing canonical cases of sexual abuse against minors when allegations have been proven by evidence, Pope Francis said in spontaneous comments Thursday.

Pope Francis: Fighting the mafia starts with cleaning up politics

September 22:In a meeting with Italy’s Anti-Mafia Parliamentary Commission on Thursday, Pope Francis said that dismantling the mafia begins with a political commitment to social justice and economic reform.

Church collapses in Mexico quake during baptism, killing several

September 22:On Sept. 19, a family in Puebla, Mexico was attending the baptism of their daughter when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook the church, cracking the dome above them, which collapsed and fell on top of them.

Archbishop Chaput: Fr. Martin deserves respectful criticism, not trash-talking

September 22:Some of the verbal attacks on Father James Martin, S.J. have been “inexcusably ugly,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has said in response to reactions to the controversial priest.

Pope reiterates Church’s ‘zero tolerance’ on abuse of minors

September 22:Thursday in a written speech Pope Francis reiterated the Catholic Church’s commitment to the protection of minors from sexual abuse, stating that the Church will continue to take a “zero tolerance” stance against offenders.

Catholic health care growth a benefit, not a threat, ethicist says

September 21:A research paper that depicts the growth of Catholic health care as a threat to reproductive health ignores the attraction of Catholic hospitals and downplays the ethical concerns about procedures like abortion and sterilization.

What it’s like to gather relics of Fr. Stanley Rother

September 21:When Fr. Stanley Rother, a missionary priest from Okarche, Oklahoma, was killed by rebels in Guatemala, his body was transferred back to the United States to be buried by his family.

Pope Francis prays for Mexico during this ‘moment of sorrow’

September 21:Wednesday Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the people of Mexico after they suffered a devastating earthquake Sept. 19, asking for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe for all those who have died or lost loved ones.

Korea exhibit at Vatican shares history, peace through art

September 21:An exhibit at the Vatican this month shows the 230-year history of the Catholic Church on the Korean peninsula, highlighting the faith of its martyrs and promoting a message of peace.

US Senate committee advances bill to aid Christians in Iraq

September 21:A Senate committee on Tuesday voted to advance a bill that seeks to ensure U.S. aid reaches Christian genocide victims in Iraq.

Mexican bishops join in prayer, grief after second deadly earthquake

September 21:Following Mexico’s second major earthquake in two weeks, bishops in the country called for prayers and solidarity, asking Our Lady of Guadalupe to intercede and comfort the suffering people.

For the first time in 30 years, Sistine Choir to perform in US

September 21:The Sistine Chapel Choir will perform in the U.S. for the first time in three decades, and will sing compositions that one expert says are an important heritage of the American Church.

Bishop Conley: martyred Oklahoma priest showed courage that comes from prayer

September 21:An Oklahoma priest martyred in Guatemala will be beatified on Saturday, and his life has much to teach us, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln has said.

Hong Kong’s new bishop admits to a realistic approach to China

September 20:Bishop Michael Yeung, the new Hong Kong bishop, has outlined his approach to dealing with the religiously repressive regime in China as one of healthy realism that must consider ongoing talks between the Vatican and Beijing.

Vietnamese appreciate Raphael’s religious masterpieces

September 20:Many have been inspired with human and religious values by artworks created by an Italian Renaissance artist presented at an exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City.

Rohingya refugees denounce Aung San Suu Kyi speech

September 20:Despite Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemning all human rights violations in troubled Rakhine State in her first public speech on the situation, many of the 410,000 Rohingya who have fled the violence have little faith in her words.

Christian refugees reportedly forced to say Muslim prayers for food in Sudan

September 20:Christian children in Sudanese refugee camps are reportedly being given food only after they recite Muslim prayers, a papal aid group says.

In talk at Facebook, Bishop Barron tackles how to debate religion

September 20:People need to learn how to argue better on the internet, especially about religion, Catholic media personality and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron said in remarks at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif. headquarters.

Faith, science, beauty: what doctors can learn from Catholic art

September 20:The intersection of art, medicine, and faith in the Catholic tradition has a lot to teach today, especially if you’re a doctor.

Pope establishes new theological institute for marriage and family

September 20:On Tuesday Pope Francis issued a new motu proprio changing the legal status of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, making it a theological institute charged with studying marriage and the family from a scientific perspective.

UK slammed for media portrayal of people with disabilities

September 20:A United Nations committee addressing the rights of disabled people has rebuked the U.K. for how people with disabilities are portrayed by the government and seen in the media.

Mother Cabrini’s care for immigrants remains relevant, Pope Francis says

September 20:In a letter Tuesday to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pope Francis reflected on the role of their foundress, St. Frances Cabrini, explaining how her example is a fitting guide for the challenges of migration we face today.

Togo’s bishops call for peace while reform goes to public vote

September 20:Following Togo’s largest protests in over a decade, the bishops of the small African country urged political leaders toward a constitutional reform aimed at lasting peace.

St. Louis archbishop leads prayer for peace after violent protests

September 20:The Archbishop of St. Louis led an interfaith group of religious leaders in prayer for peace and justice on Tuesday, after protests over the weekend turned violent.

Remember the witness of your martyrs, Pope tells Japanese bishops

September 19:In a letter to Japanese bishops, Pope Francis urges his brother prelates to use the example of their country’s martyrs as an inspiration to continue their mission of evangelization amid modern-day challenges.

Cardinal Gracias: curial reform is nearing the ’end of the tunnel’

September 19:Nearly four years after the Pope established his Council of Cardinal advisers to help him in the task of reforming the Roman Curia, one member of the group said their work is wrapping up.

In fight against sex abuse, Australian archbishop sees progress, challenges

September 19:Amid ongoing controversy surrounding clerical sex abuse in Australia, one of the country’s archbishops believes the local Churches are making progress – but still face a long journey ahead.

Archbishop calls for peace amid protests over St. Louis verdict

September 19:The Archbishop of St. Louis called for prayer and peace after a judge acquitted a former St. Louis police officer in the shooting of a man in 2011.