Pope Francis arrives in procession Jan. 16 to celebrate Mass at O'Higgins Park in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 16. CNS photos/Paul Haring
SANTIAGO, Chile – The beatitudes are not cheap words for those who think they know it all yet do not commit to faith; they are the fruit of a hopeful heart that yearns for peace and happiness, Pope Francis said Jan. 16, celebrating his first public Mass in Chile. More ... Tuesday, January 16, 2018
SANTIAGO, Chile – Pope Francis arrived in Santiago Jan. 15, the first stop on a seven-day, six-city visit to Peru and Chile, where he will take his message of hope to people on the margins of society. More ... Monday, January 15, 2018
VATICAN CITY – Because everyone has a right to life, liberty and personal security, nations must find nonviolent solutions to conflict and difficulties, Pope Francis said.
A culture of peace "calls for unremitting efforts in favor of disarmament and the reduction of recourse to the use of armed force in the handling of international affairs," he said Jan. 8 in his annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican. More ... Tuesday, January 9, 2018
VATICAN CITY -- The majority of Catholic Church workers violently killed in 2017 were victims of attempted robberies, the Vatican's Fides agency said, with Nigeria and Mexico topping the list countries where the most brutal murders were carried out. More ... Thursday, January 4, 2018
VATICAN CITY – Those who recognize the Lord in the baby Jesus in the manger also should recognize his presence in children suffering today because of war, poverty and immigration, Pope Francis said Dec. 25 in his Christmas Day message. More ... Sunday, December 31, 2017
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Knights of Columbus, based in New Haven, announced it is committing $1.4 million to repair or help rebuild churches destroyed or badly damaged by the hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. More ... Sunday, December 31, 2017
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Knights of Columbus is giving a 30-day supply of food to 12,000 displaced or formerly displaced Christian families in northern Iraq to coincide with Christmas. More ... Sunday, December 31, 2017
VATICAN CITY -- Exploiting a fear of migrants and refugees for political gain increases the possibility of violence and discrimination and does nothing to build a culture of peace, Pope Francis said in his message for World Peace Day 2018.
"Those who, for what may be political reasons, foment fear of migrants instead of building peace are sowing violence, racial discrimination and xenophobia, which are matters of great concern for all those concerned for the safety of every human being," the Pope said in the message. More ... Sunday, December 31, 2017
VATICAN CITY – Foreign trips, a focus on the rights and needs of migrants and refugees and a Synod of Bishops dedicated to young people all are on the 2018 calendar for Pope Francis. More ... Thursday, December 28, 2017
YONKERS, N.Y. – At his funeral Mass Dec. 20, Father Andrew Apostoli, a co-founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, was remembered for living a life that reflected the gifts of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness. More ... Saturday, December 23, 2017
VATICAN CITY – Blessed Paul VI could be declared a saint in 2018, perhaps during the Synod of Bishops, an institution he re-established after the Second Vatican Council, according to the newspaper of his home diocese. More ... Friday, December 22, 2017
VATICAN CITY – Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who had been one of the United States' most powerful and respected bishops until his legacy was blemished by the devastating sexual abuse of minors by priests in his Archdiocese of Boston, died early Dec. 20 in Rome at the age of 86. More ... Thursday, December 21, 2017
VATICAN CITY – Celebrating his 81st birthday, Pope Francis blew out the candles on a 13-foot long pizza after being serenaded with song and dance by children and employees from a Vatican pediatric clinic. More ... Monday, December 18, 2017
WASHINGTON – In an open letter Dec. 15, a group of 20 Catholic bishops and other religious leaders described as "deeply troubling" the movement today "to enforce the false idea – that a man can be or become a woman or vice versa." More ... Monday, December 18, 2017
DUBUQUE, Iowa -- Relatives of the first chaplain to die in World War II accepted the Silver Star on his behalf 76 years to the day after he died saving 12 sailors during the Pearl Harbor attack. More ... Thursday, December 14, 2017
WASHINGTON – The overflowing congregation at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception hardly needed reminding to raise their "eyes to the heavens" during a dedication of the Trinity Dome Mosaic Dec. 8.
When it was blessed during Mass, incense rose above the congregation and bright lights were turned on to give a better view of the newly finished dome that includes the words of the Nicene Creed encircling the base and a depiction of the Holy Trinity, Mary, the four Evangelists, angels and more than a dozen saints connected to the United States or the shrine. More ... Saturday, December 9, 2017
VATICAN CITY -- Following reports that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis expressed his concern that such a move would further destabilize the Middle East. More ... Wednesday, December 6, 2017
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM BANGLADESH – Well aware he was disappointing some people by not using the word "Rohingya" publicly in Myanmar, Pope Francis said his chief concern had been to get a point across, and he did.
"If I would have used the word, the door would have closed," he told reporters Dec. 2 during his flight from Dhaka, Bangladesh, to Rome. More ... Monday, December 4, 2017