Gregorian chant called seminarian to Catholicism

WASHINGTON (CNS) — As Gabe Bouck enters Advent, a season in which Catholics are urged to answer God’s call for conversion, the seminarian is reminded of the melodic voice that inspired him to become Catholic.

Pope designates Sept. 1 as World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

Like their Orthodox brothers and sisters, Catholics formally will mark Sept. 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis has decided.

Rome police chaplain recalls slain officer’s life of service

His life of service wasn't just in a blue uniform. It extended to charity work through the Knights of Malta.

Faith, culture fused in a day to remember deceased loved ones

The purpose of both Día de los Inocentes and Día de los Muertos is to remember the dead and pray for their souls in purgatory, to help them atone for their sins and move into the presence of Christ.

Social media, smartphones give young people a new look at Lent

This is not your parents' Lent. The Friday no-meat reminder comes through the Lentsanity app produced by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. By the third day of Lent, the app — which also offers plenty of Lenten resources — already had more than 10,000 downloads.

U.S. bishops approve statement that calls pornography ‘mortal sin’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. bishops approved a statement on pornography on the second day of their Nov. 16-19 fall general meeting in Baltimore. “Producing or using pornography is a mortal sin that needs to be confessed in order for the person to receive God’s forgiveness,” says the draft version of “Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography.” “Those who produce and distribute pornography harm the common good by encouraging and even causing others to sin,” it says.

Pope to religious: Your hearts must be open 24-7

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Lift up your eyes from your smartphones and see your brothers and sisters, those who share your journey of faith and those who are longing for the Word of life, Pope Francis told consecrated men and women.

André House volunteers reflect on serving 5 million meals

Somewhere deep in office files lies a running total of plates served to guests who would otherwise go hungry. It should reach 5 million on Oct. 29.

Buffalo protocols for addressing abuse claims scrutinized by ’60 Minutes’

How the Diocese of Buffalo handles cases of priests suspected of abuse was the subject of a report Oct. 28 by the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes," which talked to a woman who leaked diocesan files on those priests to a local TV station.

Gilbert woman enters novitiate with Carmelite Missionaries

Sr. Isabel is the first novice from the Diocese of Phoenix to take this formal discernment step with the sisters since they established a novitiate in Arizona two years ago.