Braz de Aviz urges religious to join local preparation for Synod of Bishops

"To ensure that the synodal church is not a mirage, but rather a dream to be realized, it is necessary to dream together, to pray together and to work together," Cardinal João Braz de Aviz said.

Pope advances causes of three more Italian sisters who died of Ebola

Less than a month after he recognized the "heroic virtues" of three Italian women religious who died caring for Ebola patients in Congo, Pope Francis did the same for three others who also contracted the disease and died in 1995.

US churchwomen killed in El Salvador are 'martyrs,' cardinal says

Repeatedly referring to the four U.S. churchwomen murdered in El Salvador in 1980 as "martyrs," Cardinal Michael Czerny insisted that in the end they triumphed because "brutal crimes failed and fail to stop the evangelizing."

Catholic social teaching has values the world needs, Dominican says

Individual rights and freedom obviously are essential for human flourishing, but human happiness depends a lot on relationships — kinship and friendship, but also the broader common good, said Dominican Sr. Helen Alford.

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