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Vatican releases full text of contested letter from Pope Benedict

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Five days after releasing only a portion of a letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI regarding a collection of books about the theology of Pope Francis, the Vatican Secretariat for Communication released the complete text of the letter.

Imitate St. Pio's life, don't forget poor, marginalized, pope says

SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO, Italy (CNS) -- Many people admire St. Padre Pio, but too few imitate him, especially in his care for the weak, the sick and those who modern culture treats as disposable, Pope Francis said during Mass at Padre Pio's shrine.

Pope Francis in Pietrelcina: Padre Pio loved Mother Church

Pietrelcina, Italy, Mar 17, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Speaking Saturday in Pietrelcina, the town where St. Padre Pio was born, Pope Francis encouraged devotion to Holy Mother Church, explaining how despite the imperfection of its members, it was beloved by Padre Pio.

How the Irish built Catholic America

Denver, Colo., Mar 16, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- The history of Catholic America is, in many ways, an Irish story, with immigrant congregations and their descendants putting their stamp on many churches across the country.

Ohio AG will appeal to maintain law banning Down syndrome abortions

Columbus, Ohio, Mar 16, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- A federal judge has blocked a law from taking effect next week which bans abortions after a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Children's well-being sacrificed to adults' sexual whims, new book says

CATONSVILLE, Md. (CNS) -- The U.S. government, which once made guarding the well-being of children a top priority, has now abandoned their interests in favor of the sexual wishes of their parents, according to a new book by law professor Helen M. Alvare.

Miami Archdiocese offers prayers after bridge collapse

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Authorities in Florida's Miami-Dade area said at least six people have died but the number could rise as they search through the rubble of a pedestrian bridge that collapsed March 15 near Florida International University.

Polish bishops condemn new wave of anti-Semitism

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- Polish Catholic leaders condemned a new wave of anti-Semitism in the country amid tension over a government-backed law on responsibility for the Holocaust.

Shortage of low-income affordable housing reaches crisis stage

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Four New Orleans families are a little better off today since a grass-roots housing program helped them secure an affordable place to live.

Pakistan bishops meet pope, hope he will visit their country

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Sitting in a small circle with Pope Francis in the papal library, five bishops of Pakistan felt like they were having a family discussion, including about their problems, said Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad-Rawalpindi.