Goal of pro-life movement is conversion, say speakers at biennial statewide march

They came by the busload from across Arizona to send a message to lawmakers and the world: Abortion is a grave injustice, and they stand ready to love and assist women in crisis pregnancies.

Archbishop Chaput retires; pope names Bishop Perez successor

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia and has appointed Bishop Nelson J. Perez of Cleveland as his successor.

Smuggled out of Warsaw Ghetto, child spent five years with Catholic ‘mom’

She still peppers her Hebrew speech daily with Polish Catholic expressions, and the only prayer — Jewish or Catholic — she remembers by heart is the good-night prayer learned as a child.

Hospitality is an important ecumenical virtue, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Showing hospitality makes a person a better human being and a better Christian and is an important part of promoting Christian unity, Pope Francis said.

As Dutch parishes close, some Catholics just quit going to church

When their parish closes, some Catholics quit going to Mass and commit to "finding their own way."

March for Life theme borrows page from suffragist centennial

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The March for Life, the annual march in Washington to protest legalized abortion in the United States, is tying itself in 2020 to the women’s suffrage movement for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Pope urges South Central U.S. bishops to teach discernment, including on political issues

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Sometimes the political choices people face can seem like a choice between supporting a “snake” or supporting a “dragon,” but Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops their job is to step back from partisan politics and help their faithful discern based on values, said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston.

Red Mass homilist calls legal pros to see foes, defendants, as ‘brothers and sisters’

In a homily that encompassed the call to holiness, life in the Spirit and the obligation to see in each person the face of Christ, visiting Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, Maine, struck a chord with those attending the 50th annual Red Mass Jan. 14.

Healing Mass to offer sacraments, celebrate World Day of Sick

Those who are sick in body, mind or spirit and their caregivers — family or professional — are especially invited.

‘9 Days for Life’ prayer, action campaign takes place Jan. 21-29

The novena offers a way to spiritually unite the faithful in prayer, even if they can't attend a local, regional or national "life" event.