Pope Francis is considering a trip to Cuba in September to tie in with his visit to the U.S. Discussions about the visit are at a preliminary stage.
An open letter calls on the Pope to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. The Archdiocese says the signers don't speak for the Catholic community.
Cardinal Willem Eijk, archbishop of Utrecht, told the faithful to prepare for the closure of about a thousand Catholic parishes.
Cardinal Mario Poli of Buenos Aires has recognized a branch of the SSPX as an 'association of diocesan right.' The Pope's home diocese is the first ever to do so.
Almost 600 men will be ordained priests for the U.S. in 2015, an increase of more than 100 from last year.
The shift to more violent means of execution in some states is forcing society to confront the uncomfortable reality of the death penalty.
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