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Head of U.S. military archdiocese offers prayers for Fort Hood victims
 
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Erick Rodriguez stands guard at the entrance to Fort Hood Army Post in Texas before a news conference April 2. An Iraq War veteran who was being treated for mental health issues gunned down three colleagues at Fort Hood and injured 16 others before killing himself that day, authorities said.
Once again, the people at Fort Hood "are at the center of national attention and the focus of our prayers," Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services said in response to the April 2 shooting at the Texas military base.
Friday, April 4, 2014

At border Mass, bishops call for compassion, immigration reform
With the backdrop a few feet away of the rusted iron slats of the 30-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries prayed April 1 for compassion and for a return to ideals that welcome immigrants.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Chilean Caritas crews ready to respond after quake
A spokeswoman for Caritas Chile said crews were ready to respond to a massive earthquake in the northern part of the country, but the situation and damage remained uncertain. "We are working to collect information," said Ingrid Saavedra, director of communications for Caritas Chile. "We have dioceses in the North (of Chile), but we cannot contact them."
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Pope Francis, Obama meet privately at Vatican for 50 minutes
Pope Francis received U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27. In what was their first encounter, the two leaders spoke in private for more than 50 minutes, an extraordinarily long time for such a meeting.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Vatican representative says UN report shows 'negative approach' to Catholic Church's child protection
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See's representative to the UN in Geneva, has denounced "a really negative approach" by the UN's Committee on the Rights of the Child to all that the Vatican "has been doing and has already achieved" in the area of child protection. Stressing that every single case of child abuse is "a case too much," the archbishop said it's hard to find "other institutions or even other states" that have done as much for child protection as the "package of measures" taken by the Vatican and local bishops conferences.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
U.N. committee criticizes Vatican on child abuse, some Church teaching
The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child continued to insist that the Vatican compile and publish detailed statistics on clerical sexual abuse of minors and that the pope, as head of the Church, can and should order Catholic dioceses and religious orders around the world to implement all the policies of the U.N. Convention of the Rights of the Child.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
'No sacrifice too great' for pro-life cause, says March for Life head
The polar vortex couldn't chill the ardor of thousands of participants who demonstrated their determination to continue speaking out against abortion at the annual March for Life and rally Jan. 22 in Washington. Temperatures went briefly into double digits but hovered around 8 degrees.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Priest who served as Vatican spokesman during papal transition reflects on Pope Francis
Sharing personal stories from last year's papal conclave, a spokesman from the Vatican's press office recently addressed members and guests of the John Carroll Society. Describing Pope Benedict XVI's resignation as one of "the boldest, most liberal decisions in Church history," Basilian Father Thomas Rosica said the faithful owe the pope emeritus "immense gratitude."
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Thomas Melady praised for his devout faith and work as a diplomat
Thomas P. Melady, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican who died Jan. 6, was remembered at his Jan. 13 funeral Mass as a man who loved his Catholic faith and who was inspired by that faith to reach out and help others.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
'Citizen-scholar' and former Ambassador to Vatican Thomas Melady dies
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Thomas P. Melady, who served in several diplomatic posts and continued to play a role as "citizen-scholar" long past the age when most people would have retired, died Jan. 6. He was 86.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Mandela 'touched my heart, my soul, my life,' says ex-fellow prisoner
Former South African President Nelson Mandela looked down on the tens of thousands of people gathered at his memorial service in Johannesburg and smiled as he watched them celebrate his legacy, said Andrew Mokete Mlangeni, a Catholic who was imprisoned for decades with the late anti-apartheid icon.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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