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Bishops 'encouraged' by consensus that DACA solution 'urgently needed'

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Catholic bishops "are encouraged by the consensus" that emerged from a White House meeting that a legislative solution for DACA is "urgently needed," said the chairman of the bishops' Committee on Migration.

Pope faces challenge of restoring trust in wake of Peru, Chile scandals

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When Pope Francis embarks on his fourth visit to South America, he will face the enormous task of restoring trust and encouraging healing after scandals in both countries left many wounded and angry at the Catholic Church.

'Amoris Laetitia' calls for new pastoral approach, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Difficulties in embracing "Amoris Laetitia," Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family, probably are tied to difficulties in accepting its new attitude and approach to providing pastoral care, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Analysis: What guides Vatican diplomacy?

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2018 CNA.- At a traditional new year's meeting between Pope Francis and diplomats to the Vatican, the pope painted a picture of pontifical diplomacy around the globe: An international mission working to secure the common good, an always increasing network of relations, and the certainty of an impartial voice working for peace.

Dialogue, not denial: Pope finds strength in valuing differences

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- January is dialogue month at the Vatican. From World Peace Day Jan. 1, to the World Day of Migrants and Refugees Jan. 14 and concluding with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan. 18-25, Pope Francis preaches about dialogue.

'Victoria,' Jan. 14, PBS

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The first season of the British period drama "Victoria," garnered more than 16 million American viewers in 2017, making it the second most popular PBS series of the past 20 years, after "Downton Abbey."

The ambassador's visit to Rome's American seminary

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2018 CNA.- On Jan. 10, Callista Gingrich, the United States Ambassador to the Holy See, was a guest at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. She visited the college to receive a blessing as she embarks upon her work as ambassador, according to sources at the North American College.

Ending DACA will lead to 'humanitarian crisis,' says Archbishop Gomez

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Congress must separate "the conversation about DACA" from the "larger issues" about U.S. immigration policy, because allowing the program to expire will lead "to a humanitarian crisis," especially in Los Angeles, said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.

New app designed to help users discover vocations

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- The Catholic Church in England and Wales has launched a cellphone app designed to help users deepen their faith and discover their vocations.

Young adults gather for fellowship, learn ways to share faith with world

CHICAGO (CNS) -- More than 8,000 young adults from around the country gathered at McCormick Place in Chicago in early January to gain the tools to share their faith with the world.