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August 28, 2014

Muslim Scholar: ‘A Reform for the Islamic World Is Needed’

Professor of Arabic language Wael Farouq decried the violence perpetrated by Islamic fundamentalists in Iraq, saying, ‘Islamic practice today needs a deep reform to the conception of every Muslim that violence is against the principles of our religion.'

August 27, 2014

Papal Envoy: We Must See the Humanity of Each Iraqi Refugee

Cardinal Fernando Filoni gave Pope Francis a firsthand account of the desperate plight of a populace uprooted by Muslim radicals.

August 22, 2014

Pope Francis Reaches Out to Slain Journalist’s Family

The Holy Father telephoned the parents of James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic militants.

May 6, 2014

March for Life in Rome Draws Thousands

The annual event, begun four years ago, is already having an effect on the culture in Italy and beyond, its founder says.

April 25, 2014

Rome Girds for the Canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II

Upwards of 1 million pilgrims are expected to attend canonization ceremonies.

April 8, 2014

Pope Francis Reaffirms Importance of Vatican Bank’s Mission

NEWS ANALYSIS: The yet-to-be detailed proposal would seem to involve the wider reform of the Holy See’s financial departments.

February 24, 2014

Pope Francis to New Cardinals: This Is a Church, Not a Royal Court

At a consistory attended by Pope Emeritus Benedict, the Holy Father gave the red biretta to the 19 newest members of the College of Cardinals.

February 13, 2014

Pope Francis Inspires Notre Dame: Be Missionary Disciples

Father John Jenkins, the university’s president, discusses the Pope’s recent message to Notre Dame and the school’s renewed commitment to his call for ‘missionary discipleship.’

November 27, 2013

Doctor Warns That HHS Mandate Puts Religious Identity at Risk

Head of U.S. Catholic health-care system addresses urgent concerns.

November 13, 2013

Vatican Secretary of State Expected in Office Nov. 16

Archbishop Pietro Parolin has been ill since Pope Francis appointed him Aug. 31 to succeed Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

October 3, 2013

Council of Cardinals Recommends Extensive Vatican Shake-Up

The international group of eight cardinals advising the Holy Father on reform believes a broad decentralization of Church governance is required.

October 2, 2013

The Brave New World of Three-Parent Babies

Dr. Helen Watt discusses the objective morality of new scientific research in genetics and embryology.

October 1, 2013

Tributes to John XXIII and John Paul II Pour in After Canonization Announcement

Praise for the soon-to-be saints abounds.

September 3, 2013

Report: Pope Francis Says John Paul II to Be Canonized April 27

The Vatican has yet to confirm this date, which will likely include the canonization of Pope John XXIII. The papal spokesman says the official announcement will be made after the Sept. 30 consistory.

August 19, 2013

Pope Francis Warns Christians Against ‘Decorative’ Faith

‘To follow Jesus requires renunciation of evil, of egoism, and choosing good, truth, justice,” the Pope told crowds.

August 9, 2013

Pope Francis' Summer Break Includes Impromptu Visits to Vatican Workers

The Holy Father is also forming his plan for Curial reform, according to a Vatican source.

August 9, 2013

Flawed Legal Theory Behind Vatican Sex-Abuse Suits, Lawyer Says

Efforts to sue the Vatican claim Holy See controls all priests, receives information about all priests’ activities and makes ‘specific decisions’ about their placement.

August 8, 2013

Pope Francis Issues Motu Proprio on Vatican Finances

‘For the Prevention and Countering of Money Laundering, the Financing of Terrorism and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction,’ issued Aug. 8, strengthens the Holy See’s supervisory powers.

July 12, 2013

Vatican Freezes Funds of Suspended Accountant

Msgr. Nunzio Scarano was arrested June 28 by Italian police.

July 1, 2013

Jesus Does Not Want ‘Remote-Controlled’ Christians, Pope Tells Pilgrims

June 30 Angelus in Rome

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