• Orthodox leaders end historic meeting hailed by pope as ‘step forward’

    Orthodox leaders end historic meeting hailed by pope as ‘step forward’

    • Jun 26, 2016

    A “Holy and Great Council” of the Orthodox churches wrapped up on Sunday, and despite defections by key bodies such as the Russian Orthodox Church, organizers said they plan to repeat it within a decade, and Pope Francis described the gathering as “positive” and a “step forward.”

  • Filipino ‘mud people’ pray to John the Baptist over life’s woes

    Filipino ‘mud people’ pray to John the Baptist over life’s woes

    • Jun 24, 2016

    In Asia’s largest Catholic nation, scores of Filipino villagers don capes of banana leaves and cover themselves in mud in a ritual to thank their patron saint, St. John the Baptist, who they believe saved residents from being killed by Japanese invaders in World War II.

  • Obama upholds California abortion mandate

    Obama upholds California abortion mandate

    • Jun 22, 2016

    A decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services upholds California’s 2014 order requiring seven insurance companies to rescind and re-issue policies covering workers at organizations whose leadership objects to abortion on moral grounds, such as Catholic universities.

  • Pope invites refugees to join him on stage for audience

    Pope invites refugees to join him on stage for audience

    • Jun 22, 2016

    Pope Francis invited a dozen refugees in Europe up onto the stage with him for his Wednesday General Audience on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, pressing his demand for Europe to welcome more migrants. A dozen men ascended the steps with Francis and sat in front of him on the ground, carrying banners of the charity that is caring for them and Vatican flags.