Consecrated virgins descend on Philadelphia

Consecrated virgins descend on Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, July 31 (UPI) --The U.S. Consecrated Virgins is meeting in Philadelphia this week, hoping to draw priests, spiritual directors and virgin candidates from around the world.
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Families focus of gathering of cardinals at Vatican

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The family is an essential part of God's plan for humanity, Pope Francis said Friday as he opened a meeting at the Vatican with cardinals from around the world.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.
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Pope Francis to visit Holy Land

VATICAN CITY, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Pope Francis announced at the Vatican Sunday he will visit the Holy Land in May.

Israeli prime minister, pope exchange gifts in brief meeting

VATICAN CITY, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu presented Pope Francis a book written by his father during a 25-minute meeting at the Vatican Monday, officials said.

Croatians approve official ban on same-sex marriage

ZAGREB, Croatia, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Croatians voted Sunday in favor of a ban on same-sex marriage, results showed.

Pope survey asks about same-sex unions, contraception

VATICAN CITY, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A Vatican survey asks Roman Catholics in parishes worldwide how they deal with issues such as contraception, same-sex unions, divorce and sex before marriage.
Pope Francis: 'Let us not be instruments of destruction'

Pope Francis: 'Let us not be instruments of destruction'

ASSISI, Italy, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Pope Francis, speaking Friday in Assisi, Italy, called for "an end to armed conflicts, which cover the earth with blood."
Catholic pope calls for mutual respect in letter to Muslims

Catholic pope calls for mutual respect in letter to Muslims

VATICAN CITY, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Pope Francis, in a personal message to Muslims as they prepared to end the holy month of Ramadan, called for mutual respect among religions.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, July 29, 2013.
By United Press International
U.S. State Dept. calls on nations to end child labor, exploitation

U.S. State Dept. calls on nations to end child labor, exploitation

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday called for the international community to adopt national policies to eliminate child labor and child exploitation.

Court gives healthcare workers broad right to opt out of abortions

EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 25 (UPI) -- A Scottish appeals court ruled Wednesday that two midwives, both Roman Catholics, can opt out of planning staffing for abortions.

Pope Francis celebrates Easter mass

VATICAN CITY, March 31 (UPI) -- Pope Francis delivered the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing to a packed crowd at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on Easter Sunday.
Pope Francis urges courage at first mass

Pope Francis urges courage at first mass

VATICAN CITY, March 14 (UPI) -- Pope Francis, in his first mass as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Thursday urged the church to have courage.
Black smoke means no new pope yet

Black smoke means no new pope yet

VATICAN CITY, March 12 (UPI) -- Black smoke poured from a chimney on the Vatican's Sistine Chapel Tuesday, signaling cardinals had failed to elect a successor to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
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Roman Catholics
Roman Catholics observe Easter Sunday Mass in front of the sepulcher where tradition believes Jesus Christ was buried and resurrected in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City, March 27, 2005. (UPI Photo/Debbie Hill)

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The Roman Catholic Church, officially known as the Catholic Church, is the world's largest Christian church, representing over half of all Christians and one-sixth of the world's population. The Catholic Church is a communion of the Western Rite (Latin Rite) and 22 autonomous Eastern Catholic Churches (called particular churches), comprising 2,795 dioceses in 2008.

The Church's highest earthly authority in matters of faith, morality and Church governance is the Pope, currently Pope Benedict XVI, who holds supreme authority in the Church in concert with the College of Bishops, of which he is the head. The Catholic community is made up of an ordained ministry and the laity; members of either group may belong to organized religious communities.

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