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Jeffrey von Arx, S.J. September 24, 2018
Napoleon’s consolidation of power in France in 1801 involved the recognition of the pope as the “ordinary and immediate pastor” of the universal church—a key component in the impending agreement between the Vatican and China.
Joseph McAuley August 23, 2018
Pope Francis will be spending a few precious hours at the Basilica of Knock while he is in Ireland this weekend.
The dome of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
The "regular canonical trial" for an accused bishop, experts say, usually would be conducted by the apostolic tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Allyson Escobar July 05, 2018
With a new solid conservative majority in SCOTUS, could there be new restrictions on abortion?
Allyson Escobar, Zac Davis June 14, 2018
It is rare for penalties to be discussed in relation to a subject other than abortion.
Michigan Wolverines guard Charles Matthews tries to defend a shot from Villanova Wildcats guard Donte DiVincenzo in the NCAA men's basketball championship April 2 in San Antonio. Villanova defeated Michigan, 79-62, winning its second championship in three years. (CNS photo/ Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)
Patrick Kelly June 07, 2018
A new Vatican document considers the impact of sports on society, the pursuit of the common good and the unity of the human family.