Pope Francis’ Game Plan; Part Six: The Gift of Mary

Last time we looked at what Pope Francis writes about Jesus in his apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel.” Now let us consider what the Holy Father has to say about the Mother of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Nigerian church groups organize prayers for missing schoolgirls

Religious groups in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state have organized prayer sessions and other activities to support the rescue of kidnapped schoolgirls. Groups had increased their prayers after about 200 villagers were killed in the state earlier in the week.

Pope: Christianity means giving witness to Christ every day

Christianity is not a school of ideas or a collection of beautiful temples and lovely art; it is a living people who follow Jesus and give witness to him every day, Pope Francis said.

PHOTOS: Holy Week and Easter Vigil

A look back at how the Catholic faithful celebrated Holy Week and the Easter Vigil.

Fight the blues with the Eucharist and Gospel, Pope Francis says

Receive Communion every Sunday and read the Gospel every day to keep discouragement and the blues away, Pope Francis said.

Cardinal: Officials who support abortion should not receive Communion

Catholic politicians and judges who support laws in conflict with church teaching on abortion, euthanasia, marriage and related issues commit "sacrilege" and cause "grave scandal" if they receive Communion, said the U.S. cardinal who heads the Vatican's highest court.

Mother’s Day around the diocese

Looking for a way to honor your mother or motherhood this Mother's Day? You have options starting this weekend.

Deportations bring a bitter rift among immigration reform advocates

The united front of President Barack Obama and advocates for comprehensive immigration reform has tarnished and taken on an increasingly bitter tinge over deportations.

Cardinal shares media tips he learned at ‘school of hard knocks’

Thanking communications professionals who work for the Catholic Church, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York also shared with them tips he said he learned at the "school of hard knocks."

Pope says jealousy is devil’s work; Holy Spirit brings unity

Beware of the devil, who wants a jealous, power-hungry and divided church, Pope Francis said.