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About 7,000 members of the Neocatechumenal Way attended a papal audience on Friday (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI explains that the celebrations “are not strictly liturgical, but are part of an itinerary of growth in the faith”

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (AP)

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan says that decision draws “an unprecedented line in the sand”

Catholic education chief steps down

Catholic Education Service confirms resignation of Oona Stannard, director for 12 years

Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue says that Christians must not ‘airbrush’ historical divisions

Local asks Pope to intervene after Keralan priest is ordered to return home

Pope Benedict XVI greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington yesterday. Also pictured are Cardinal-designate Edwin O'Brien, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, left, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the US Archdiocese for the Military Services. Photo: CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano

Pope tells bishops that Church in America should render “public moral witness” on crucial social issues

Benedict XVI greets cardinals and bishops during his general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope reflects on Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at general audience

Catholic woman accuses Church of discrimination over disabled child

The logo of the World Health Organization is seen at the WHO headquarters in Geneva (AP)

Pro-life groups says that the evidence of a rise is ‘dubious’

Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, the Vatican's highest-ranking Chinese official (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop urges Beijing to release nine arrested Catholic bishops and priests