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 ...
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CNS) -- Maryland's outgoing Gov. Martin O'Malley
announced Dec. 31 he would commute the death sentences of the last four
inmates on the state's death row to life imprisonment without
possibility of parole.
In 2013, Maryland's General Assembly repealed capital punishment, but
that did not affect the sentences of ...
JERUSALEM (CNS) -- In his first public address to Christian religious
leaders, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said he was particularly
encouraged "by the strong and clear voice of Pope Francis that the
corruption of the spiritual position is a desecration of God's name."
During the traditional presidential holiday reception Dec. 30, Rivlin ...
OXFORD, England (CNS) -- Germany's Catholic bishops have published a
report detailing their views on marriage and family; it suggests most
bishops now believe sacraments should be available to divorced and
remarried Catholics who do not have an annulment.
"This document contains reflections only and has no juridical power,"
said Matthias Kopp, ...
While God is eternal, ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- More than 5.9 million pilgrims and visitors joined
Pope Francis for an audience, liturgy or prayer at the Vatican in 2014,
the Vatican said.
The Prefecture of the Papal Household, the Vatican office that
coordinates the audiences and distributes the free tickets to papal
audiences and liturgies, said ...
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholics in the United States have been told frequently over the past decade or more about the demographic changes coming to the makeup of their church -- especially with the growing number of Hispanics now living in the U.S.
Now, however, it's the United States' turn to recognize ...