‘No more death, no more exploitation,’ pope says at U.S.-Mexico border

Pope Francis said both countries are showing symptoms of "self-destruction as a result of oppression, dishonor, violence and injustice." He also said mercy was a way to win over opponents.

Texas parishioners shocked by devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON (CNS) — With floodwater as high as 20 feet from swelling bayous and waterways, thousands of homes in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston flooded as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to batter southeast Texas Aug. 28.

Local Catholics rejoice as Pope Francis lifts up Teresa of Calcutta, model of charity

A trio of events paid homage to the canonization of the diminutive nun who once visited Arizona and captured the world’s heart with her humble service to the poor.

Synod fathers ask: Does the Church need to watch its language?

In official reports of the closed-door talks at the Synod of Bishops on the family, an emerging theme has been the call for a new kind of language more appropriate for pastoral care today.

Blessed Serra described as missionary ‘on fire’ heeding Christ’s call

To Andrew Galvan, Blessed Junipero Serra is a stalwart of faith and mission worthy of the title "saint."

Confession renews grace of baptism, pope says at audience

With baptism, Christians are cleansed of sin, but the sacrament doesn't wash away human weakness nor the obligation to ask forgiveness when they make mistakes, Pope Francis said.

Court blocks Trump administration’s effort to end DACA in March

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s effort to end a program in March that protects young adults brought to the U.S. without legal permission as minors.

Archbishop: DOMA ruling, ENDA passage put marriage at ‘critical point’

The Supreme Court's ruling that rendered the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and the Senate's passage Nov. 7 of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act put the legal defense of marriage "at a critical point in this country," said the archbishop who heads the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

Faith, tradition highlight First Nation Sunday at Ste. Anne-de-Beaupre

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) — Faith and tradition were the highlights of this year’s First Nations Sunday at the Basilica of Sainte Anne-de-Beaupre.

Pope Francis’ Game Plan; Part Two: Defending the Unborn

On the first day after he was elected pope, our new Holy Father traveled across the city of Rome to pray at the most important Roman Shrine of Our Lady, found in the Basilica of St. Mary Major. On the first day of the New Year 2014, Pope Francis again made an unannounced visit to this Marian Shrine. In the nine months of his papacy, he has made similar pilgrimages to pray to the Mother of God and ask her loving protection for the Church and the world.