Pope Francis celebrates the canonization Mass for seven new saints in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 14. Among the new saints are St. Paul VI and St. Oscar Romero.(CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Saints risk all for love of Jesus, pope says at canonization Mass

Posted by - October 21, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Carrying Pope Paul VI’s pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognized them, and five others, as saints of the Catholic Church. Thousands of pilgrims from the new saints’ home countries — Italy, El Salvador, Spain and Germany — were joined

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Pope Francis greets a child during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 10. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Contempt for life is the source of all evil, pope says

Posted by - October 21, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Procuring an abortion is wrong, inhumane and like hiring a hit man “to fix a problem,” Pope Francis said. It is a contradiction to allow for killing a human life in a mother’s womb “in the name of protecting other rights,” he said during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s

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Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, is pictured after a session of the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment at the Vatican Oct. 16. Cardinal Sarah told the synod that just because some young people disagree with Catholic morality does not mean the church's teachings are unclear or should change. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

‘Watering down’ church teaching won’t attract young people, cardinal says

Posted by - October 21, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just because some young people disagree with Catholic moral teaching, including in the area of sexuality, does not mean the church’s teachings are unclear or should change, Cardinal Robert Sarah told the Synod of Bishops. The church and its pastors should “courageously propose the Christian ideal corresponding to Catholic moral doctrine

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Pope Francis greets Bishop Mark O'Toole of Plymouth, England, as he leaves a session of the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment at the Vatican Oct 5. Next to the pope is Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England.(CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Young people want credibility, someone to walk with them, bishops say

Posted by - October 21, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Even in far-off Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, a bishop said a young person asked him what the church is doing to prevent clerical sexual abuse. “You would think in our isolation we would not hear about this topic,” said Bishop Paul Donoghue of Rarotonga, who described his diocese as one

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A child eats corn outside a makeshift shelter in 2015 in the Kashmir region of India. World Food Day is celebrated Oct. 16 to mark the date in 1945 the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization was founded. (CNS photo/Farooq Khan, EPA)

Lack of progress fighting hunger is shameful, pope says

Posted by - October 21, 2018

ROME (CNS) — At a time of technological and scientific progress, “we ought to feel shame” for not having advanced in “humanity and solidarity” enough to feed the world’s poor, Pope Francis said. “Neither can we console ourselves simply for having faced emergencies and desperate situations of those most in need. We are all called

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Pope Francis greets Bishop Mark O'Toole of Plymouth, England, as he leaves a session of the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment at the Vatican Oct 5. Next to the pope is Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England.(CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Bishops say young people need to be heard, not arrogantly lectured

Posted by - October 14, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs to communicate the beauty and intelligence of faith to young men and women without resorting to condescending and aggressive methods, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles told members of the Synod of Bishops. A “renewed apologetics and catechesis” can help young people who are tempted to

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Pilgrims watch Pope Francis on a large screen in the rain as he leads the Angelus Oct. 7 from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Claudio Peri, EPA)

Mercy, love can heal wounded marriages, pope says

Posted by - October 14, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God wants couples to live out their marriage faithfully and not abandon hope when things go awry, Pope Francis said. “A love with mutual self-giving sustained by Christ’s grace” is what allows couples to remain united in marriage, the pope said Oct. 7 during his Sunday Angelus address. But “if individual

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Pope Francis and a newly married couple Jan. 20, 2016. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis: Lasting marriage needs self-gift and Christ’s grace

Posted by - October 14, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus (CNA/EWTN News).- A married couple striving to faithfully live out their life-long commitment to each other, need both God’s grace and love that is anchored in self-gift, Pope Francis said Sunday. “What allows married couples to remain united in marriage is a love of mutual self-giving sustained by the grace of Christ,” the pope

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Mary is a mother to sinners, not the corrupt, pope says

Posted by - October 14, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Even the greatest sinners can find a loving mother in Mary while those who are corrupt find refuge only in their own blind and selfish desires, Pope Francis said. In a book that was scheduled to be released Oct. 10 in Italian, the pope said Mary is unable to enter the

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