VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- To help set the agenda for the 2015 Synod of
Bishops on the family, the Vatican is sending the world's Catholic
bishops' conferences a list of questions on a range of topics, including
matters of marriage and sexuality that proved especially controversial
at the 2014 family synod.
MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Tropical Storm Hagupit dumped heavy rain as
it slunk its way to the Manila area Dec. 8, after passing across the
northern half of the central Philippines at typhoon strength.
The Philippine Red Cross said at least 21 people died because of the
storm. Most of them were ...
ROME (CNS) -- In the heart of Rome's high-end shopping district,
sparkling with Christmas lights and shiny baubles in the windows of
famous designers, Pope Francis prayed that people would spend time in
silence and in service as they prepare to celebrate Jesus' birth.
Celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. ...
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- If the saints, because of their sheer holiness, can
sometimes seem hard to relate to, the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus,
can seem even more distant.
But a new exhibition of Western European artwork portraying Mary during
the 14th through the 17th centuries shows her in another ...
EL PASO, Texas (CNS) -- Carlos Marentes was warned he would have only seconds, not even a minute, to greet Pope Francis.
"They said, 'Someone will be there to take your photo. And in the time
it takes to take that picture, say what you have to say.' I said so
NEW YORK (CNS) -- The day after a grand jury decided it would not indict
a New York police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner on
Staten Island, the New York City Commission of Religious Leaders asked
that any protests arising from the matter be peaceful.
"We all agree that ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- It is the complete disregard for God, not his
glorification, that leads to violence in this world, Pope Francis said.
That is why people of faith, particularly Christians and Muslims, must
work together for peace, and governments must guarantee full religious
freedom for their citizens and religious communities, ...
LANDOVER HILLS, Md. (CNS) -- Dr. Martin Salia, a Maryland Catholic doctor who died Nov. 17 after contracting the Ebola virus while serving patients in his native Sierra Leone, was remembered by his family, colleagues, government officials and others as a man who loved God, lived to serve others and died ...
ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- Among the iconic images of the 9/11 tragedy,
photographs of policemen and firefighters stand out: The first
responders were entering the doomed World Trade Center as most everyone
else was filing out.
They embraced the danger of the moment, most going ultimately to their
death, because the job ...
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL (CNS) -- Pope Francis called on
political and religious leaders across the Muslim world to condemn
violence done in the name of Islam.
The pope said he told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Nov. 28
that "it would be beautiful if all Islamic leaders -- whether ...
The first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, marking the start of the new liturgical year, will also inaugurate the Year for Consecrated Life.
The yearlong observance is dedicated to renewing hope in religious life and instilling it more profoundly with a prophetic witness of the Gospel.
Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of ...
The project of European unity and cooperation, ensuring peace on the continent and helping others find peace as well, requires a real commitment to dialogue and respect for others, Pope Francis said.
While the pope did not specifically mention the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia, both members of the Council of ...
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis urged residents of Ferguson, "Choose peace!"
He made the comment in a statement Nov. 24 following the issuance of a grand jury decision to not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, in the August shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, an African-American.
The same day he spent three hours meeting the heads of Vatican offices to discuss the reform of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis named 69-year-old Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah to be the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.
Cardinal Sarah, who had been president of the Pontifical ...