NAU students bring cross to secular world with public stations through campus

FLAGSTAFF — Northern Arizona University students walking to class turned their heads the afternoon of April 19 to see a gathering of nearly 100 Catholic students and community members singing solemnly, with two students carrying a large wooden cross.

College student’s doughnut outing led to love and joining Catholic Church

ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) — In 1957, Sarah Wessel’s great-grandmother, Isabella Brooks, hand-stitched a wedding gown for her daughter Mary Ann Kelsey.

‘Their Calvary was lengthy’: Pope’s Stations recall those exploited

ROME (CNS) — Recalling Jesus’ death on the cross, Pope Francis led thousands on Good Friday in reflecting on the crosses of loneliness, fear and betrayal that crucify countless men, women and children in the world.

Jesus humbled Himself in washing feet, Bishop Nevares tells parishioners at Gila River mission

SACATON — Jesus’ humility was on full display with the act of washing the Twelve Apostles’ feet during the Last Supper, said Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares at the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper April 18 at St. Anne Native American Mission on the Gila River Indian Reservation.

On Good Friday, papal preacher says cross brings hope to the oppressed

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The cross serves as a warning to the powerful and a message of hope for the poor and oppressed, said the preacher of the papal household.

Bishop urges abuse survivors to turn to Jesus for healing at biannual liturgy

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted urged survivors of sexual abuse by clergy and others — both within and outside the Catholic Church — to trust the love of Jesus for their ultimate healing and their leading away from the path of pain and anguish.

Fire chaplain helped save religious artifacts from burning cathedral

PARIS (CNS) — A hero emerging from the Notre Dame Cathedral fire April 15 is Fr. Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, who is credited with saving a reliquary containing the Crown of Thorns and the Blessed Sacrament from the burning cathedral.

Be servants to one another, pope tells prisoners before washing feet

ROME (CNS) — Jesus’ gesture of washing His disciples’ feet, an act once reserved to servants and slaves, is one that all Christians, especially bishops, must imitate, Pope Francis told hundreds of inmates and prison employees on Holy Thursday.

Jesus’ Passion spurs intimate look at premature death, its risks

Jesus was no stranger to suffering, both mental and physical, but none of life's woes moved Him to expedite His death beyond God's timeline.

Pope to priests: Best place to be is among the people

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just as Jesus always sought to be with the people to serve, teach and heal them, so, too, must priests always be in the midst of God’s people, “pouring ourselves out” for them, Pope Francis said.