Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Faith brings hope even at moment of death, pope says

Posted by - October 21, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians can find hope even at the hour of death, which faith teaches is not a closed door but a wide-open passage to a new life with Christ, Pope Francis said. While all men and women are “small and helpless in front of the mystery of death,” Jesus’ victory over death

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Retired Cardinal Ricardo Vidal of Cebu, Philippines, pictured in a 2012 photo at the Vatican, died Oct. 18 at the age of 86 after a series of health complications. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Cardinal Vidal dies at 86; pope praises him as man of dialogue, peace

Posted by - October 21, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal Ricardo Vidal of Cebu, Philippines, died Oct. 18 at the age of 86 after a series of health complications. In a telegram to Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, Pope Francis expressed his condolences and “profound gratitude for the late cardinal’s untiring and devoted service to the church.” The pope also

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An angel figurine is seen near a headstone in 2016 at the cemetery at the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Neglected works of mercy: burying, praying for forgotten dead

Posted by - October 21, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When a friend’s beloved dog died, Adrian Cruz dug a grave, prepared a box, cleaned the dog and helped bury the animal in a way that helped his grieving friend mourn the loss of her pet. Earlier the same day, Cruz, a Catholic mortician, tried to comfort an acquaintance who was

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Argentina's flag is seen as Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 11. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Nothing is in vain, nothing is resistant to love, pope says at audience

Posted by - October 14, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians are never pessimistic, resigned or weak, thinking life is an unstoppable train careening out of control, Pope Francis said. Throughout history, every day is seen as a gift from God and “every morning is a blank page that Christians start writing on” with their good works and charity, he said

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Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 4. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope: True Christians must remain hopeful, not ‘whiny and angry’

Posted by - October 8, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has invited Christian and non-Christian young people from around the world to a meeting in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018. Before concluding his weekly general audience, the pope said the March 19-24, 2018, pre-synod meeting will be an opportunity for the church to listen

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Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 4. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope: True Christians must remain hopeful, not ‘whiny and angry’

Posted by - October 8, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Real hope lies in the proclamation of Jesus’ death and resurrection, not just with one’s words but also in deeds, Pope Francis said. Christians are called to be witnesses of the resurrection through “their way of welcoming, smiling and loving” instead of just “repeating memorized lines,” the pope said Oct. 4

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A cross is seen atop the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer Oct. 2 on the Las Vegas Strip near the location of a mass shooting. The church became a source of refuge after the deadly shooting that took place just across the street Oct. 1, killing at least 59 people and wounding more than 500, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. (CNS photo/Mike Blake, Reuters)

Las Vegas Catholic shrine an initial place of refuge for shooting victims

Posted by - October 8, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer — a white stucco church just off the Las Vegas Strip and dwarfed by giant hotels, casinos and flashing neon lights — has long been a spiritual oasis for tourists. The church, with a statue of Jesus, his arms outstretched, near its entrance, became a

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, attends the World Congress "Child Dignity in the Digital World" at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

Church more aware of crime, harm of child abuse, Vatican official says

Posted by - October 8, 2017

ROME (CNS) — Child abuse is not only a crime, it is sacrilege, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said at a world congress promoting the protection of children online. “The church has become increasingly aware of the harm experienced by victims, of their suffering and of the need to listen to them,” he

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Kids need everyone to fight online abuse, exploitation, speakers say

Posted by - October 8, 2017

ROME (CNS) — With the enormous scale and devastating effects of child exploitation and abuse online, including exposure to pornography, the world must act to protect children at all costs, speakers at a world congress said. The world never said, “mission impossible” to any other public health problem, including cancer, so no one should give

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