Indian government reversal: Missionaries of Charity can get foreign funds

The Indian government has restored the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act registration of the Missionaries of Charity, clearing the decks for the globally renowned charity to receive and utilize foreign funds, reported

Homilist: Holy Spirit’s fire enlightens, purifies those in legal profession

In a liturgy inviting "tongues as of fire" from the Holy Spirit to guide lawyers and government officials, it seemed oddly appropriate that the fire alarm inadvertently went off just before the Diocese of Phoenix's annual Red Mass began Jan. 11 at St. Mary's Basilica.

Belief in God as creator of all has practical consequences, pope says

Professing faith in God as the creator of all human beings, or even simply recognizing that all people possess an inherent dignity, has concrete consequences for how people should treat one another and make decisions in politics, economics and social life, Pope Francis wrote.

Show the world the joy of faith, pope says

Joy should be the hallmark of a Christian's life, a reflection of knowing that one is loved by God, saved by Jesus Christ and committed to leading others to him, Pope Francis said.

Praising God purifies the soul, is like breathing ‘pure oxygen,’ pope says

It may seem illogical, but Christians are called to give God praise -- not complaints -- in times of darkness and difficulty, Pope Francis said.

Years after trip to abortion clinic, women find healing, rebuild friendship

Jill King remembers her roommate 30 years ago calling her into the bathroom of their apartment. Carla Stream was sitting on a chair, wrapped in a towel."She looked up at me and said, 'I'm pregnant.'"Stream thought she would have to move out. King wanted to help.

Pope prays for peace and reconciliation in Cameroon, cardinal says

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, embarked on a six-day visit to Cameroon to convey Pope Francis' affection and closeness to the people of the country who suffer amid the throes of civil unrest.

Pandemic shows need for new model of care for elderly, academy says

A new attitude and approach toward the elderly are needed in today's world, especially in the places and ways they are cared for when they become more fragile, said the Pontifical Academy for Life.

True dialogue begins with commitment to love, pope says

Promoting sincere ecumenical dialogue can be achieved only when Christians are committed to loving their neighbors rather than viewing them with doubt or suspicion, Pope Francis said.

Creighton University set to open new Catholic medical campus in Phoenix this year

Creighton University's new $100 million, 180,000-square-foot Health Sciences Phoenix campus is scheduled to open for classes this fall.