Pope Francis walks past a group of traditional flag twirlers and musicians during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

At Mass, Jesus seeks to bring others with him to salvation, pope says

Posted by - December 3, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — If people really understood that participating at Mass is witnessing Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection, then maybe they would stop taking pictures, talking, making comments and acting as if it were some kind of show, Pope Francis said. “This is Mass: to enter into Jesus’ passion, death, resurrection and ascension. When

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Lucy, Gemma and Felicity Spencer place ornaments on their family's Jesse Tree. Their parents, Susanna and Mark, put the tree on a small prayer table that they use throughout the year to follow the Catholic Church's liturgical calendar. (CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic Spirit)

Living by church’s calendar at home draws families closer to saints, Mass

Posted by - December 3, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Growing up in St. Louis, Susanna Spencer loved her family’s Advent tradition of adorning a Jesse Tree with Old Testament symbols leading up to Christ’s birth. She continued the tradition while in college at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, where she met her husband, Mark. “After seeing (Advent traditions)

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Pope Francis arrives with Bhaddanta Kumarabhivasma, chairman of the supreme council of Buddhist monks, for a meeting with monks of the council at the Kaba Aye pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Buddhists, Christians must reclaim values that lead to peace, pope says

Posted by - December 3, 2017

YANGON, Myanmar (CNS) — Christians and Buddhists are called by faith to overcome evil with goodness and violence with peace, Pope Francis said during a meeting with leaders of Myanmar’s Buddhist community. Quoting St. Francis of Assisi and Buddha, the pope insisted that in a land where the powerfully bonded pairing of religion and ethnicity

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, gives a talk Nov. 14 at The Catholic University of America in Washington on "The Council: A Prophecy that Continues with Pope Francis." After his address, he received an honorary doctorate of theology from the university. (CNS photo/Dana Rene Bowler, The Catholic University of America)

Parolin: Vatican II continues to shape church life, Pope Francis’ papacy

Posted by - December 3, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Second Vatican Council continues to have an enduring impact on the Catholic Church and on the papacy of Pope Francis, according to the Vatican’s top diplomat, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. That gathering of bishops from around the world presented a new paradigm of a “world church — a church with a global

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Pope Francis greets members of the Buddhist community during a small informal meeting with a variety of religious leaders Nov. 28 at the archbishop's residence in Yangon, Myanmar. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Uniformity is greater threat to culture than differences are, pope says

Posted by - December 3, 2017

YANGON, Myanmar (CNS) — In a small, informal meeting with a variety of religious leaders, Pope Francis went to the heart of his message for Myanmar: unity, not uniformity, is the secret to peace. Representatives of the Baptist, Anglican, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim communities, as well as leaders from ecumenical organizations, briefly told the

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Pope Francis greets children as he arrives at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 27. The pope is making a six-day visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope meets generals after brief welcome by children in Myanmar

Posted by - December 3, 2017

YANGON, Myanmar (CNS) — Greeted by two dozen children wearing traditional attire and by the nation’s bishops, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar Nov. 27 for a four-day visit. The arrival ceremony at the Yangon airport was brief and led by an envoy of the president, because the formal welcome was scheduled for the next day

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Pope Francis leads grace before eating lunch with the poor in the Paul VI hall after celebrating Mass marking the first World Day of the Poor at the Vatican Nov. 19. Some 1,200 poor people joined the pope for the meal. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

‘Invest in love,’ pope says on first World Day of the Poor

Posted by - November 26, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said. “What we invest in love remains, the rest vanishes,” the pope said in his homily Nov. 19, the first World Day

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People visit graves Nov. 1 at a cemetery in Brwinow, Poland. On All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day Nov. 1 and 2, cemeteries across the country are crowded with people paying their respects to departed loved ones. (CNS photo/Kacper Pempel, Reuters)

Realizing today may be one’s last day changes how one lives, pope says

Posted by - November 26, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — It is not morbid to start each day understanding that it may be one’s last, Pope Francis said. Death is a reality that will come to everyone — for some as a sudden surprise, for others as an end to an illness — but in every case, Jesus will say, “Come

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After the closing Mass for the National Catholic Youth Conference at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Nov. 18, young people from different dioceses perform a dance they learned during conference. The biennial conference draws some 20,000 Catholic teenagers from across the country.(CNS photo/Natalie Hoefer, The Criterion)

Youth urged to remember they’re ‘beloved children of God, called by name’

Posted by - November 26, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — The sound of more than 20,000 teens screaming and singing along with racuous music of Christian hip-hop band TobyMac was loud. The sound of the same number of youths in silent prayer was deafening. These external and internal forms of praise formed bookends to the opening general session of the National Catholic

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Pope Francis Appoints Coadjutor Bishop for the Caroline Islands

Posted by - November 26, 2017

The Holy Father has appointed Rev. Fr. Julio Angkel, of the clergy of the Caroline Islands as coadjutor bishop of the diocese of the Caroline Islands, in Micronesia. He is currently pastor of the Holy Family Parish, director of the Vocations and Formation Office, and director of the St. John Vianney Formation House, The Holy

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