Bishop leads Sept. 11 Mass of Thanksgiving for First Responders

The Phoenix Fire Department’s Mission Statement pledges the agency will “protect lives and property” through its various roles and that its members will “prevent harm and survive.”

Study: Christianity may lose majority, plurality status in U.S. by 2070

If trends of the past 30 years continue for the next 50, Christianity will lose its majority status in the United States by 2070, according to a new demographic study by the Pew Research Center.

Arriving in Kazakhstan, pope makes case for peace

Arriving in Kazakhstan, a country that borders Russia, Pope Francis said he came as a "pilgrim of peace" at a time when "our world urgently needs peace; it needs to recover harmony."

Thank God for opportunity to go to school, pope tells Swiss students

Being able to go to school and study is a gift that not every young person in the world has and is something to thank God for, Pope Francis told a group of Swiss students.

Sharing wealth, creating jobs help rich get into heaven, pope says

Jesus throwing money changers out of the temple and talking about how difficult it is for a rich person to get to heaven make it easy to assume that there is little hope for the salvation of a business owner, Pope Francis said, but that is not true.

Young must hasten to share God’s love, pope says in WYD message

Like Mary, who after the Annunciation went in haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth, young Catholics are called to welcome Jesus into their lives and then to go out and share their joy with others, Pope Francis said.

Love for Christ leads to sharing faith in word and deed, pope says

The first task of a catechist is to love the Lord and to live the faith in a way that makes others want to live it, too, Pope Francis told more than 1,400 people attending the International Congress on Catechesis.

Pope asks for prayers before Kazakhstan visit

Pope Francis asked Christians to pray for him before he embarks on a three-day visit to Kazakhstan.

CRS, others call for increased aid to prevent Somalia’s looming famine

Amid a U.N. warning that a famine is looming in Somalia, U.S.-based Catholic Relief Services is calling for increased humanitarian support in the Horn of Africa country.