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Archbishop Chaput says pope will visit Philadelphia in September 2015

Pope Francis waved as he leads his July 13 Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that Pope Francis will travel to Philadelphia in September, 2015 to attend the world meeting of families.

Updated 11:38 a.m. with statement from Archdiocese of Philadelphia stating that they have not received official confirmation from the Vatican and that confirmation is not expected until six months before the visit.

FARGO, N.D. -- Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year, even though the Philadelphia Archdiocese still has not received official confirmation from the Vatican. 

Militants in Iraq drive all Christians out of Mosul

An Iraqi Christian family fleeing the violence in Mosul slept inside Sacred Heart of Jesus Chaldean Church in Telkaif, Iraq, July 20. Pope Francis called for prayers, dialogue, and peace, as the last Iraqi Christians flee Mosul.

VATICAN CITY -- As the last Iraqi Christians in Mosul fled the city, Pope Francis urgently called for prayers, dialogue and peace.

"Violence isn't overcome with violence. Violence is conquered with peace," the pope said before leading thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square in a moment of silent prayer July 20.

"Our brothers and sisters are persecuted, they are chased away," he said, as he assured Christians in all of Iraq and the Middle East of his "constant prayers."

Obama's order bans discrimination based on workers' sexual orientation

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's executive order of July 21 has installed workplace rules forbidding the firing of employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity by the federal government and federal contractors -- a key provision in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act languishing in Congress.

The U.S. bishops have opposed the bill, known as ENDA, which was passed by the Senate last November but was never scheduled for a vote in the House. The bill has been introduced in almost every Congress since 1994.

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Phone calls, evacuations: Gaza's Christians work together to stay safe

A Palestinian woman reacted following what police said was an Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza City July 9. The Israeli army intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing dozens of people in a military operation it says is aimed at quelling rocket fire against Israel.

JERUSALEM -- Members of the tiny Christian community in the Gaza Strip have been keeping watch out for and helping each other to keep safe from Israeli airstrikes throughout the region, but nowhere in the territory is really safe, said a priest at the territory's only Catholic parish.

Father Jorge Hernandez, an Argentine member of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, said that one night, after a bomb siren sounded, he helped three Sisters of Charity evacuate 20 handicapped children from their home to his.

Study: College choices can steer men toward thinking about priesthood

WASHINGTON -- The college experience -- and the Catholic college experience, especially -- can influence a young man's decision toward considering a priestly vocation, according to a study issued in early July by Boston College.

Among the factors that have helped sway a man's decision to enter priestly life are access to clergy at the college as well as access to the Mass and other elements of Catholic life.

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