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Pope, Council of Cardinals discuss new document on Roman Curia

Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals have reviewed a complete draft of the apostolic constitution that would govern the Roman Curia, the Vatican spokesman said.

Survivor hopes papal meeting will bring end to 'culture of abuse'

A survivor of clergy sexual abuse in Chile said he hopes his meeting with Pope Francis will be an opportunity to make a difference and bring an end to a culture within the Catholic Church that disparages victims and makes them feel guilty for coming forward.

Most Americans believe, but not always in the God of the Bible

A new Pew Research survey finds that a slim majority of Americans believe in the God of the Bible, while about one-third of Americans believe in another higher power or spiritual force.

Montana priest sparks uproar with anti-gay Facebook post

A parish priest's Facebook post criticizing Billings Catholic Schools for the inclusion of a same-sex couple on a fundraiser planning team sparked an uproar in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana.

Pope leads prayers for inter-Korean summit

Pope Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter's Square in prayers for the success of the inter-Korean summit, scheduled for April 27.

Morning Briefing

Morning Briefing: Good DACA news, oral arguments in Muslim travel ban case, a famous feminist theologian retires

Pope: In baptism, Holy Spirit, not magic, protects people from evil

The sacrament of baptism isn't a good luck charm but a gift from God that enables Christians to overcome evil, Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience April 25.

Demonizing immigrants hardens American heart, says cardinal

Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin said he worries that reducing the number of immigrants, particularly refugees to the U.S., and demonizing them represents a "hardening of the American heart," and that should be of concern to a country that has been historically a welcoming place.

As Supreme Court considers Trump's travel ban, remember pope's words

On Wednesday, a modern battle for religious freedom will reach the highest court in our nation: The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments April 25 in Trump v. Hawaii, which addresses the Trump administration’s efforts to bar people from certain countries, most of them majority-Muslim.

Gaza bleeds and the world shrugs

On March 30, Palestinians began six weeks of demonstrations on the Gaza-Israel border. The result was more violence, bloodshed and death.