Vatican announces pope will bring migrants from Cyprus to Italy

After Pope Francis denounced putting up "barbed wire" to keep out migrants and the practice of pushing boats back to countries where they face conditions similar to a "lager," the Vatican announced he would help move a dozen migrants from Cyprus to Italy before Christmas.

God dreams of a world where all are welcomed as family, pope says

Pope Francis told migrants that, like them, God dreams of a world where everyone recognizes each other as brothers and sisters.

Catholics show they are ‘doers of the Word’ with generosity to collections

In this season of Advent as we prepare for the birth of our Lord and the celebration of the greatest gift of all, I am immensely grateful to the Catholics who have expressed their love for Jesus by giving generously to help the poor and marginalized through the national collections of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Being a child of God must not be taken for granted, papal preacher says

Baptism is a gift from God that is waiting to be opened to be fully and joyfully experienced by each Christian, said the preacher of the papal household.

Faith leaders urge changes in bill’s provisions for funding child care

The Build Back Better Act's plan to expand affordable child care and ensure that quality prekindergarten is available to all families "is a worthy goal," but as written these provisions "will suppress, if not exclude" many faith-based providers from participating, according to Catholic and other religious leaders.

Study: Young adult Catholics actively engage in faith — just not in parish

A new study suggests that young adult Catholics ages 18-35 engage in practices to bolster their faith, but tend to do so outside their parish.

Meeting Cypriot leaders, pope urges dialogue for peace, care for migrants

Sympathizing with the Cypriot government and citizens feeling overwhelmed by an influx of migrants and refugees, Pope Francis urged them to remember their history as a crossroads and meeting place of people of different cultures and traditions.

Pope, arriving in Cyprus, tells Catholics to celebrate, welcome diversity

The Catholic Church is a mosaic of different rites and cultures and must show the world the beauty of welcoming all people as brothers and sisters, Pope Francis told the Catholics of Cyprus.

Second chances: Vatican Christmas stamps feature work of homeless artist

Adam Piekarski, a homeless man from Lódz, Poland, never imagined that the sketches he would draw in his free time while waiting for the public showers near Bernini's Colonnade would lead to the opportunity of a lifetime.

Pro-lifers hopeful about outcome of Dobbs case, urge prayers for court

The chairman of the U.S. bishops' pro-life committee Dec. 1 urged Catholics, people of other faiths and all people of goodwill to unite in prayer that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade in its eventual ruling on Mississippi's ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.