USCCB evangelization chair, others laud pope’s apostolic exhortation

Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel") has prompted plenty of commentary, and not exclusively from Catholic circles.

In conversations with parishioners, pope reveals he once was a bouncer

In addition to having worked sweeping floors and running tests in a chemical laboratory as a teenager, Pope Francis revealed he also used to work as a bouncer.

Best gift in life is encountering Christ, pope says at start of Advent

The best present in life is encountering Jesus -- an encounter that will last a lifetime, Pope Francis said.

ADVENT: Faithful prepare to celebrate the Incarnation

In joyful expectation, Catholics throughout the world wonder, wait and prepare for the coming of the Lord during the four weeks of Advent.

Pope: To face death with courage, peace, stay close to Jesus in life

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The thought of death and losing a loved one is scary when there is no faith in Jesus guiding people to an everlasting life, Pope Francis said.

‘The Joy of the Gospel’: Pope lays out his vision for an evangelical church

In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society's poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn.

Pope venerates apostle’s relics, urges people focus on Christ

Pope Francis closed the Year of Faith by calling on people to keep Christ at the center of their lives, especially in times of trouble.

As economic forecast improves, let us not forget to lift up the working poor

Experts predict that Arizona’s economy will grow at a steady, moderate pace throughout 2014 as it continues to grind its way through the lingering effects of the Great Recession. It is imperative we not leave anyone, particularly the working poor, behind.

Nation marks 50th anniversary of Kennedy assassination

A young first family, captivating and chipper, reinvented life in the White House during John F. Kennedy’s 34-month presidency in the early 1960s.

Pope reiterates call for Catholics to adopt missionary mindset

Pope Francis once again called for Catholics to adopt a missionary mindset and make mission the priority of all pastoral activities.