Vatican supports new elections to solve Venezuelan crisis

Negotiations between government and opposition groups in Venezuela, followed by free and fair elections, are needed to put an end to violence and bring relief to the suffering people, a Vatican official said.

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World Youth Day pilgrims cheer as Pope Francis speaks during the welcoming ceremony in 2016 at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland. The October 2018 Synod of Bishops at the Vatican will focus on young people. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Vatican releases online questionnaire for youth

To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world.

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Homeless Filipinos rest in late April on a street in Manila. World Day of the Poor, to be celebrated Nov. 19 this year, will focus on the apostle John's call to love "not with words, but with deeds." (CNS photo/Francis R. Malasig, EPA)

Poverty requires action, not empty words, pope says

People cannot sit back and be indifferent or unresponsive to growing poverty in the world as a privileged minority accumulates "ostentatious wealth," Pope Francis said.

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A mother cradles her baby May 30 at the Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Arua, Uganda, where thousands from war-ravaged South Sudan have fled in search of shelter and safety. (CNS photo/Helen Manson, U.S. Embassy in Uganda) See US-DELEGATION-AFRICA June 12, 2017.

Catholic congressman returns from South Sudan, aims to fight famine

A Catholic congressman fresh from a fact-finding trip to East Africa, conscious of the human rights concerns brought on by famine and military violence, aims to increase funding for affected areas and urge reappointment of a special envoy to the region under the Trump administration.

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People attend Pope Francis' Sunday Angelus in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 11. (CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

Vatican bank reports $40 million profit in 2016

The Institute for the Works of Religion, often referred to as the Vatican bank, made a profit of 36 million euros (about $40 million) in 2016, according to its annual report.

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Pope Francis delivers a speech during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 14. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) (May 14, 2014)

Prayer, patience are powerful weapons in dark times, pope says

In good times and in bad, prayer and patience can keep hope alive, Pope Francis said.

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Archbishop Teofilius Matulionis is pictured in a 1957 photo. Archbishop Matulionis, who was murdered in 1962 with a lethal injection after 16 years in prisons and labor camps, was to become the first Catholic martyr from the country's communist era to be declared blessed June 25 in Vilnius. (CNS photo/courtesy Diocese Kaisiadorys)

Archbishop to become Lithuania’s first beatified Soviet-era martyr

A Lithuanian archbishop who was murdered with a lethal injection after 16 years in prisons and labor camps was to become the first Catholic martyr from the country's communist era to be declared blessed.

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People display signs showing their support for religious freedom during a 2012 rally in downtown Minneapolis. It has been 20 years since the International Religious Freedom Act was passed by Congress and became law. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)

Forum examines religious freedom fight on world stage in past 20 years

It has been nearly 20 years since the International Religious Freedom Act became law. Organizers of a forum at Georgetown University thought it a good time to see how the religious freedom landscape worldwide has changed since 1998.

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Pope Francis poses with cardinals and bishops from the Venezuelan bishops' conference during a private meeting June 8 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Amid nation’s crisis, Venezuelan bishops meet pope

After meeting Pope Francis and seeing how moved he was by their description of the crisis gripping Venezuela, the leaders of the country's bishops' conference said they hoped the pope would help draw the world's attention to the suffering of their people.

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Sisters from seven Latin American countries who serve in poor communities in the United States pose May 26 in Chicago during a May 19-28 meeting and retreat. They are in the U.S. through Catholic Extension's U.S.-Latin American Sisters Exchange Program. (CNS photo/Rich Kalonick, Catholic Extension)

Latin American sisters in U.S. ‘build bridges’ during ‘challenging time’

Thirty-four Latin American sisters who are working as missionaries in poor Latino communities in the United States recently gathered for a 10-day retreat and meeting in Chicago.

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