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US Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno has been appointed director of the Vatican Observatory (CNS)

A new book charts the historical relationship between the Church and science

Commuters pass a life-size "Flat Francis" in Daley Plaza in Chicago (CNS)

Charity Catholic Extension took their cartoon version of the Pope out on the streets of Chicago this week

Pope Francis speaking in Paul VI hall at the Vatican (CNS)

As for other sins, so for abortion, the forgiveness of sins has always been available, to the unbaptised through baptism and to the baptised through the Sacrament of Penance

Cardinal Laszlo Paskai passed away on August 17 (CNS)

The cardinal led the Catholic Church in Hungary as the country moved from communism to democracy

Pope Francis poses for a selfie in the Paul VI hall in the Vatican last week (CNS)

The Holy Father discussed his encyclical on the environment during the interview with an Argentine radio station

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops' conference (CNS)

Are we witnessing the beginnings of an international campaign of defiance against the Catholic moral law?

Rome’s most famous clerical outfitter displays three sizes of papal cassock (CNS)

Are you more Catholic than Francis?

In the internet age everyone can be their own pope. But asserting one’s own authority to pronounce on authentic Church teaching is a dangerous business

Pope Francis celebrating Mass in Nu Guazu Park in Asuncion, Paraguay (CNS)

‘Communion with God always brings forth fruit,’ Pope Francis told crowds gathered in Nu Guazu Park

Pope Francis embraces children as he speaks at the the Acosta Nu pediatric hospital in San Lorenzo (PA)

The Holy Father spent time at the Ninos de Acosta Nu paediatric hospital on Saturday

Pope Francis (CNS)

Full text: Laudato Si’

The encyclical letter of the Holy Father Francis – Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home