ROME (CNS) -- Television programs, coffee bars, Italian Twitter accounts and the corridors of political power were abuzz Aug. 20-21 with news and commentary about the extravagance surrounding the funeral of the reputed boss of an organized crime ring in Rome.
The funeral Mass for Vittorio Casamonica, 65, was celebrated at St. ...
PLYMOUTH, Mich. (CNS) -- Almost everyone knows someone who experiences same-sex attraction, and faithful Catholics are often at a loss for how to engage a friend or loved one who declares he or she is gay, said speakers at a three-day international conference at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth.
PHOENIX (CNS) -- When Jen Norton decided to paint Blessed Junipero Serra, she turned to the Internet to see what images of him exist.
"Turns out there are not a lot," said the Catholic folk artist from San Jose, California. "I looked for resources online and the same images kept popping up."
MILWAUKEE (CNS) -- Witness to the power of prayer was in evidence as nearly 600 people gathered for a concelebrated Mass for peace at a Milwaukee Catholic church in an area of the city that has been ravaged by violence.
Capuchin Father Michael Bertram, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church, termed ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Representatives of Colombia's largest guerrilla movement have asked to meet Pope Francis in Cuba in September and have requested the Catholic Church name a permanent delegate to their peace negotiations with the government.
Ivan Marquez, representing the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by the Spanish acronym FARC, ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- By downloading an app for a smartphone or tablet, members of the public can chat with others about famous works of art in the Vatican Museums, share strategies for dealing with the crowds and choose a work to help restore.
"Patrum," the new app from the Patrons of ...
ATLANTA (CNS) -- Julian Bond, a leading figure in the civil rights movement and the first African-American in Georgia's Legislature, died Aug. 16 in a hospital in Walton Beach, Florida, of complications from vascular disease. He was 75.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Jan. 15, 1940, Bond moved with his family to Atlanta, ...
HONG KONG (CNS) -- The morning after the industrial blast in Tianjin, China, the Tianjin Diocesan Social Service Center helped line up 60 volunteers to assist the government's rescue and relief work. The volunteers donated drinking water, clothes and other supplies to hospitals and temporary settlements for evacuees, reported ucanews.com.
Since the ...
CITY (CNS) -- The Year of Mercy is a perfect time to increase the number of priests
who take turns being on call all night for emergency spiritual care of the sick
and dying, Pope Francis wrote.
pope, as Jesuit Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio, belonged to a special service,
which is supported by the ...
(CNS) -- They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but at the
St. Joseph Carpentry Shop along a country road in Poolesville, Deacon Dave
Cahoon is having his second "once-in-a-lifetime" experience in the past seven
In 2008, Deacon
Cahoon built the altar Pope Benedict XVI used for his papal Mass at ...
(CNS) -- The Conference of Major Superiors of Men overwhelmingly passed a
resolution Aug. 7 committing to "a deeper engagement" to protect the
earth and "cherish all creation."
made up of leaders who represent more than 17,000 Catholic religious brothers
and priests in the United States, laid out steps for member congregations to
HOUSTON (CNS) --
The Vatican's investigations of U.S. women religious -- and resulting tensions --
stemmed largely from a "cultural chasm," the president of the
Leadership Conference of Women Religious said Aug. 12.
But that chasm is
closing, she said, and a new era of communion seems to have begun.
Holland, president of the Leadership Conference ...
CITY (CNS) -- Along with having a winning smile and a warm embrace, Pope
Francis is known for challenging people.
it regularly at morning Mass -- particularly calling out hypocrisy and gossip
-- and does not spare even his closest aides in the Roman Curia, so it is
unlikely his speeches to the ...
CITY (CNS) -- Families need moments of rest and celebration, time for standing
back and recognizing the gifts of God and how well they have developed, Pope
are times "to enjoy that which cannot be produced or consumed, that cannot be
bought or sold," the pope said Aug. 12 at his weekly general ...