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As individuals and as a Church, it can be tempting to dwell on mistakes, failures and sins that block the fullness of life, but Easter is the proclamation that the Lord is victorious and his love … more
Recalling Jesus’ death on the cross, Pope Francis led thousands on Good Friday in reflecting on the crosses of loneliness, fear and betrayal that crucify countless men, women and children in … more
The cross serves as a warning to the powerful and a message of hope for the poor and oppressed, said the preacher of the papal household. With Christ’s crucifixion, death and … more
CLICK HERE TO SEE A RELATED VIDEO FROM CNS. Just as Jesus always sought to be with the people to serve, teach and heal them, so, too, must priests always be in the midst of God’s people, … more
Jesus’ gesture of washing His disciples’ feet, an act once reserved to servants and slaves, is one that all Christians, especially bishops, must imitate, Pope Francis told hundreds of … more
Retired Pope Benedict XVI, acknowledging his role in helping the Catholic Church come to terms with the clerical sexual abuse crisis beginning in the 1980s, wrote an article outlining his thoughts … more
Pope Francis has asked an Italian nun, who has been on the frontlines in the fight against human trafficking, to write this year’s Way of the Cross meditations. Consolata Sister Eugenia … more
The life of a young person and the vocation to which God calls each one is “holy ground” that pastors and parents must respect, nurture and encourage, Pope Francis wrote in a new … more
If it wasn’t perfectly clear before, it had better be now. The sexual abuse of any minor or other vulnerable person is a crime against God and humanity, and any attempt to cover it up is as … more
Just before leaving the physical and human warmth of Panama Jan. 27, Pope Francis stopped to thank the thousands of official volunteers, young and old, gathered at the capital city’s Rommel … more
The path walked by Jesus to his passion and death on the cross is the same path of indifference and marginalization taken by those who suffer in the world today, Pope Francis said. Addressing … more
As she welcomed World Youth Day pilgrims to the “Garden of Forgiveness,” Ileana Madrid of Panama City said she saw volunteering at the park as “an opportunity to show that God loves … more
Church leaders condemned bomb explosions that killed at least 20 people and injured about 100 others inside a Catholic Church in the southern Philippines Jan. 27. They called the attack a … more
Catholic bishops in the Philippines broke what they described as their “collective silence” over “many disturbing issues” that have confronted the country in recent … more
Pope Francis prayed that a peaceful solution may be found in Venezuela as uncertainty and political instability grip the country. After praying the Angelus Jan. 27 with residents and workers at … more
The primary goal of the Vatican’s February summit on clerical sexual abuse and child protection is to help bishops understand the urgency of the crisis, Pope Francis said. During a news … more
To open up a conversation about what Mary’s answer to God can teach the young, Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich reached back into the life of his grandmother, an immigrant who carried a … more
Just like the Pharisees, many today shun Jesus’ merciful love toward sinners and prefer to use labels that stigmatize a person’s past, present and future, Pope Francis said. Speaking … more
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of three women and recognized the martyrdom of 14 religious sisters who were killed during the Spanish Civil War. The Pope formally recognized a miracle … more
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