Don’t tuck life away, take risks, pope tells young people

KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) — Take risks and do not let life’s obstacles get in the way of encountering the true joy and life that Jesus can give, Pope Francis told more than 1 million young people.

Local Indian community rejoices in dedication of new church

Beneath colorful banners and jeweled umbrellas, hundreds of men, women and children dressed in native attire stood assembled in the parking lot of the Syro-Malabar church on 24th Street, appropriately enough, near Thomas Road.

Retired pope responds to criticism of his reflection on abuse crisis

FREIBURG, Germany (CNS) — Responding to criticism of notes he published about the roots of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, retired Pope Benedict XVI said the fact that the critiques barely mentioned God proved his point.

Our gentle shepherd: Bishop marks decade of serving the Church of Phoenix

On a typical evening, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted will make his way to the rectory chapel and pray vespers by himself, silently before the Lord. The bishop kneels using a meditation bench and, since he’s praying shortly before supper, his tummy rumbles.

Humble service, now ‘that’s amore,’ pope says at audience

Loving service also involves placing the gifts God has given one at the service of the community so it can grow, Pope Francis said.

Pandemic casts spotlight on a nearly forgotten martyr: St. Corona

BONN, Germany (CNS) — She had become nearly forgotten. Little is known about the young woman who was killed for her Christian faith, presumably in the second century A.D. But now, a pandemic is shedding light on her: St. Corona.

Pope Francis credited for urging U.S., Cuba to normalize relations

Pope Francis personally appealed to President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro this year to encourage both leaders to normalize diplomatic relations, a senior Obama administration official said.

‘Together’ campaign effort refreshed parishes, strengthened ministries in name of evangelization

The current number of pledges and total pledge value are in, but the true impact the funds will have on eight key areas including direct parish support, Newman Centers, Catholic education, seminarian support and a Francis Mercy Fund will be harder to quantify.

Fear, status quo smother fire of God’s love, pope says at synod Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church’s mission in the world is to spread the fire of God’s love and must not be limited to the “‘ordinary maintenance’ of those who already know the Gospel,” Pope Francis said.

‘Basketball or Nothing,’ streaming, Netflix

The docuseries focuses on a high school team in the heart of the Navajo nation.