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Quebec monastery opens award-winning hotel

A Quebec Augustinian monastery for women that was cloistered until 1965 has been named the top destination for a “mental and physical reboot” by National Geographic Traveler. The...

Priest who wrote speeches for Nixon dead at 89

John McLaughlin, a Jesuit priest who worked as one of President Richard Nixon’s speechwriters and was subsequently dispensed from his vows, has died of cancer at age 89. McLaughlin worked...

Pope Francis: the door to salvation is narrow and open

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading (Lk. 13:22-30), Pope Francis emphasized during his Angelus address of August 21 that the door to salvation is narrow but open. “Jesus himself is...

'Not a religious war,' Pope says

"The world is at war," Pope Francis told reporters accompanying him on his July 27 flight to Krakow. But, he added, "I do not speak of a religious war." Reacting to the murder...

Former Benedictine abbot, wanted on abuse charges, arrested in UK after 5-year manhunt

British police have arrested a former Benedictine abbot who had been the subject of a 5-year international manhunt after he fled the country to avoid facing sex-abuse charges. Father Laurence...

US bishops chide Biden for same-sex wedding ‘counter witness’

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), joined by two USCCB committee chairman, reacted to Vice President Joe Biden’s decision to officiate at a homosexual...

French church attacked during Mass, priest murdered

Two men with knives entered a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, during Mass and took a priest and several worshippers hostage, according to media reports. The attackers-- who identified...

Evangelical Lutheran Assembly approves 'historic' statement of accord with Catholics

America’s largest Lutheran organization has announced that “Church-dividing issues” have been resolved, and the path is clear for unity with the Catholic Church.” The...

German bishops praise Luther as 'teacher of the faith'

The German Catholic bishops' conference has issued a report praising Martin Luther as a "teacher of the faith." The Reformation in Ecumenical Perspective, a document of over 200...

Pittsburgh: Mass attendance down 40% since 2000

Commenting on sobering demographic and financial trends, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that “the number one priority has to be, ‘We need to make our...