ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
announced Jan. 16 that it is filing for bankruptcy protection in the
U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the District of Minnesota to settle clergy
sexual abuse lawsuits.
"I make this decision because I believe it is the fairest and most
MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- The realities of life described by young
people, especially the tearful question of a 12-year-old girl about why
God allows suffering, led Pope Francis to set aside the first text he
had prepared for a meeting Jan. 18 with the young people of the
"Certain realities in ...
GARY, Ind. (CNS) -- For young Jaymee Dixon, the tribute to the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. at Holy Angels Cathedral "means a lot. It feels
great to be a black person doing something."
Dixon, 15, is a member of the Wirt-Emerson Concert Choir that performed
at the eighth annual King tribute ...
PASAY CITY, Philippines (CNS) -- Pope Francis urged Catholic families to
dream of how they might fulfill the will of God, while resisting
"ideological colonization that tries to destroy the family" through such
practices contraception and same-sex marriage.
The pope spoke Jan. 16 to a meeting of families at the Mall of ...
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Surprising even the people who have been promoting the sainthood cause of Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis announced Jan. 15 that in September, he hopes to canonize the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan who founded a string of missions across Mexico and California.
Blessed Serra is credited with directly founding ...
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNS) -- Commenting on
recent killings by Islamist terrorists at a Paris newspaper, Pope
Francis condemned killing in the name of God, but said freedom of
expression should be limited by respect for religion and that mockery of
faith can be expected to ...
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNS) -- Pope Francis told Sri Lankans seeking
reconciliation after two-and-a-half decades of civil war that, before
they can forgive each other, they must repent of their own sins.
"Only when we come to understand, in light of the cross, the evil we are
capable of, and have even ...
NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) -- Scholars who have studied the life of murdered
Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero say a reading of the tea leaves
suggest advancement of his sainthood cause is imminent.
The news is being met with jubilation by many Romero researchers and with mixed emotions by Salvadorans.
Supporters of the ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Highlighting some of the most urgent conflicts
facing the world, Pope Francis said such strife and injustices were
rooted in a culture of rejection that refuses to recognize God, to
protect nature and to respect other human beings.
In a wide-ranging speech Jan. 12 to diplomats accredited to ...
Norbert Krapf, 71, still loves the wooded hills of his southern Indiana boyhood home near Jasper and the Catholic faith that formed his beliefs from infancy.
Such feelings are remarkable not for their longevity, but that they exist despite Krapf being the victim of clergy sexual abuse six decades ago at his ...
A panel of theologians advising the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes voted unanimously to recognize the late Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero as a martyr, according to the newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference.
The panel declared Jan. 8 that the archbishop had been killed "in hatred for the faith," Avvenire reported Jan. ...
Interreligious reconciliation and recovery from natural disaster will be major themes of Pope Francis' Jan. 13-18 visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, according to the Vatican spokesman.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi briefed reporters on the trip Jan. 7, noting that it would be the pope's second time in Asia, following an ...
Pope Francis condemned the killings of at least 12 people at the Paris offices of a satirical weekly newspaper Jan. 7 and denounced all "physical and moral" obstacles to the peaceful coexistence of nations, religions and cultures.
"The Holy Father expresses the firmest condemnation of the horrible attack," said a statement from ...
Five cardinals dedicated a new wing of the U.S. seminary in Rome, its first major addition in more than 60 years.
Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who as secretary of state is considered the highest Vatican official under the pope, led the dedication ceremony of the building at the Pontifical North American College ...
In a 19-page reflection on the "racial divide" in the United States, Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, who is African-American, said he twice had been the victim of what he considered to be unjust police attitudes.
The episodes "made me very conscious of the fact that simply by being me, I ...