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Pope Francis: Three phrases for a family [VIDEO]

The words "may I," "thank you," and "forgive me" are fundamental for a happy family life, Pope Francis said as he continued his catechesis on the family during his weekly general audience May 13.

‘Risen’ helps revive the biblical epic

Two soon-to-be-released films seem better positioned to ignite a sustained revival of the marriage of scriptural message with opulent production values: Director Timur Bekmambetov's updating of "Ben-Hur" and "Risen," a Resurrection-focused drama directed and co-written by Kevin Reynolds.

Postulator: Religious killed in Algeria will be recognized as martyrs

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A bishop, seven Trappist monks and 11 other religious men and women killed by extremists in Algeria in the 1990s will soon be recognized as martyrs, the postulator for their causes said.

Bishop Olmsted blesses holy oils, priests renew promises at annual Chrism Mass

In a tradition dating back to the early Church, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted gathered March 30 with his brother priests to bless the oils that will be used in sacraments during the coming year.

Pope names 19 new cardinals, including six from Latin America

Stressing that their role would be one of service rather than honor, Pope Francis named 19 new cardinals, including six men from his home region of Latin America.

At closing Mass, people encouraged to pray, act for religious freedom

The theme for the 2016 Fortnight for Freedom, "Witnesses to Freedom," unfolded as faithful Catholics in Phoenix, the nation's Capitol and beyond spent part of their July 4 holiday in prayer.

‘Troublemaker’ pope reshaping church, but drawing some skepticism

As early on as it is for the pontificate of Pope Francis, his statements and actions already have given guidance for how simple changes can improve the world, said panelists at Georgetown University.

Couples invited to grow in holiness at conference to be offered in two locations...

A conference featuring three nationally known speakers plus two dynamic local priests promises to equip couples with the tools to renew their marriages.

Ecumenical goal is unity, not leveling differences, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At the end of Mass on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis and Orthodox Archbishop Job of Telmessos walked down the stairs under the main altar in St. Peter’s Basilica and prayed together at the apostle’s tomb.

With CDA support, Catholic Charities helps veterans get back on their feet

Several months ago, Richard, an Army veteran, had no housing and was camping in the woods after he left his job to take care of his father in Utah who had cancer.