‘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.

Fire destroys St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

At 12:08 a.m., Fr. Reggie Carreon received an alert that there was a fire at the church.

Photographer captures final stages of abandoned churches, factories

Philadelphia photographer Matthew Christopher strongly believes in restoring abandoned buildings, but says if a structure is going to be demolished, it should at least be documented.

A walk with God: Youth prepare for ‘Camino de Santiago’ in Spain

For more than a thousand years, millions have made their way through the lush landscapes of France and Spain, traversing what’s known as the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James. This summer, a group of young people from St. Anne Parish in Gilbert is joining their ranks.

Work on Wisconsin farm prepared slain brother for service in Guatemala

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — Before donning the habit of a Christian Brother in 1962, Br. James Miller wore the bib overalls of a Wisconsin farm boy.

New crucifix reinforces highly visited Sedona chapel as pilgrimage site

SEDONA — A new bronze crucifix in the Chapel of the Holy Cross serves as a focal point for visitors to the chapel, said Fr. Kieran Kleczewski, pastor of the chapel and of St. John Vianney Parish in Sedona.

Feast of St. Pedro Calungsod

Educated by the Jesuits in Visayas, the Philippines, Pedro could read, write and speak Visayan, Spanish and Chamorro, paint, draw, sing and worked as a carpenter.

Meet Fr. Frankie Cicero: Recurring health issues led priest to trust God’s providence

When Fr. Frankie Cicero’s mother Olga was eight months pregnant with him, doctors discovered her unborn child had a devastating condition: He would be born with his intestines outside his body. Given a 2 percent chance of survival, Olga clung to a sliver of hope.

Amid economic growth, pope urges Mauritius to care for the young, poor

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius (CNS) — Statistical indicators show Mauritius’ rapid economic growth has benefited all sectors of society, lifting thousands out of poverty over the past 30 years, but Pope Francis still urged the island’s Catholics to be careful.

‘Do this in memory of me’ — A Catholic reflection on Memorial Day

Our Memorial Day was originally known as “Decoration Day,” an opportunity to decorate many graves of the over 600,000 men who died in the Civil War.