U.S. architect recalls events that led him to design chapel at Vatican

Pope Francis is the first pontiff from the Americas and the chapel where he offers daily Mass is the first building in the Vatican designed by an American.

Advent week three: Answering the call to joy

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” That iconic line from the 1986 film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” seems pretty off-base just a little more than a week away from Christmas, doesn’t it? Stop and look around? There’s no time for that.

Parish’s young adult outreach taps into ‘homebrewed evangelism’

Whether it's at a parish or at a bar, parish leaders are brewing up a new approach to young adult evangelization via home-brewed beer and a Phoenix chapter of "Catholic Beer Club."

Church officials cautiously optimistic about DACA bills before Congress

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services gives credit to a group of moderate Republicans in Congress trying to revive interest in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals legislation, or DACA, by their efforts to bring not just one bill, but four, to the House floor.

New Smithsonian exhibit explores diversity of religion in early America

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s new exhibition, “Religion in Early America,” celebrates the free exercise of religion and the religious diversity that define American faith life.

Students surround Arizona Capitol grounds for Catholic Schools Week rally

Students from more than 30 Catholic schools in three dioceses across Arizona converged in one spot for a statewide field trip. They filled the concrete circle at Wesley Bolin Plaza Feb. 3 for the annual Catholic Schools Week rally. Their physical presence and youthful energy represented more than 21,000 Catholic school students throughout the Grand Canyon state eager to affirm their role in a Catholic school and the need for a faithful community to support it.

Franciscan trio with Arizona ties takes steps toward priesthood

Their vocation stories show the universality of the Catholic Church. Each spent time serving the Diocese of Phoenix during formation, but not one of them grew up speaking English.

On 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide, pope urges reconciliation

Just days before Rwanda was to begin a weeklong period of official mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of its genocide, Pope Francis urged the country's bishops to be resolute in continuing the work of healing and reconciliation.

Pope Francis, retired Pope Benedict praise Patriarch Bartholomew

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Defending religious freedom, fighting indifference to attacks on human dignity and promoting care of creation are obligations that Orthodox and Catholics share and areas where Pope Francis said he and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople are in deep harmony.

Salvation is gift of God, brings people into community, document says

Salvation in Christ is a gift of God that cannot be earned by human efforts alone, and it is not simply some kind of interior transformation, but touches the way Christians live in the world and relate to others, said a new document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.