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As Vatican scrutinizes missionary group, pope warns of risk of corruption in fundraising

If spirituality isn't driving the Catholic Church's missionary efforts, there is a risk of corruption, Pope Francis told the Vatican’s missionary fundraisers.

'Lincoln's God' holds magnifying glass to Civil War president's faith

Book review: In Lincoln's God, Joshua Zeitz writes a compelling chronicle of Lincoln's evolving relationship to faith against a backdrop of events that influenced the Great Emancipator as much as he influenced them.

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity: The lure of the unimaginable

Scripture for Life: The Scriptures offer tremendous help in our search to know what God is like, not because they give us a clear answer, but precisely because they do not.

Catholic climate activists criticize Tanzania bishops for backing oil pipeline

Catholic environmental activists in Africa are expressing grave concern after a group of bishops in Tanzania endorsed a proposed crude oil pipeline project, amid increasing calls to abandon fossil fuels to tackle climate changes.

Pope names Cardinal Farrell next head of Vatican City high court

Pope Francis has named U.S. Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, to be the next president of the supreme court of Vatican City State.

On eve of debt ceiling deal, Georgetown panel highlights Catholic budget priorities

As U.S. lawmakers considered a bill to address the looming debt ceiling, Catholic and other Christian activists gathered at Georgetown University to discuss how a nation's budget is a moral document detailing its priorities, advocating care for the poor and vulnerable should rank high on that list.

Vexing vexillology: Even the Vatican gets its flag wrong

The flag of Vatican City, yellow and white with crossed keys under the papal tiara, is incorrect in many emojis, flying outside the United Nations and often even on Vatican buildings.

Pope Francis has named two-thirds of cardinals eligible to elect his successor

Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the retired archbishop of Naples, celebrated his 80th birthday June 2 and, consequently, became ineligible to enter a conclave to elect a new pope.

It's time Ugandan bishops speak up about inhumane anti-LGBTQ+ laws

As Uganda enacts a law that imposes harsh penalties, including the death penalty, for homosexuality, the silence from the country's bishops is deafening, says Juan Carlos Cruz Chellew.