Pope has named two-thirds of cardinals eligible to elect his successor

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the retired archbishop of Naples, celebrated his 80th birthday June 2 and, consequently, became ineligible to enter a conclave to elect a new pope.

World needs communities that welcome, give voice to vulnerable, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis named Tracey Rowland, an Australian theologian; Justin Farrell, a U.S. sociologist; and Tongdong Bai, a Chinese philosopher, to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

‘This is beautiful’: Bishop ordains two to priesthood in the Diocese of Phoenix

PHOENIX – In an ordination marked by decades-old Church tradition, poignant childhood stories, and glimpses into the candidates’ lives, the Diocese of Phoenix has welcomed two young men to the priesthood, the newest members of an ecclesiastical fraternity in this growing bishopric of 1.7 million Catholics whose recent expansion has been punctuated by its expanding Latino population. 

NEWS BRIEF: Bishop Dolan Celebrates Priestly Ordination at Cathedral

Bishop John Dolan celebrated the Priestly Ordination of Gabriel Sabado and Miguel Solis at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral on Saturday morning, June 3, 2023.  He was joined by Auxillary Bishop Eduardo Nevares, Bishop Emeritus Thomas Olmsted and several priests, deacons and seminarians before a standing room only crowd at the Cathedral.  

St. Peter’s Basilica opens exhibit on Marian coronations

Of the more than 1,300 Marian images crowned around the world, one of the first to receive this honor does not have a crown today.

Vatican launches compact for families with pope’s support

Asserting that "it is in the family that many of God's dreams for the human community are realized," Pope Francis asked Catholic universities and Catholic couples around the world to support the "Family Global Compact."

Those with political power must be ‘servants’ to citizens, pope says

The greatest way of life is serving others, and those in political power must see themselves as servants, too, Pope Francis said.

Pope asks poets, filmmakers to challenge people, help them see beauty

Catholic artists, poets, writers and filmmakers serve the church not by trying to "domesticate" Christ but by helping people challenge and expand their knowledge of the Lord, Pope Francis said.

Promote Christian values, not divisions, on social media, Vatican says

Catholics should make an "examination of conscience" about how they use social media, how they allow it to influence them and about the opportunities it provides them to share the Gospel, build community and care for others, said the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.

Pope on Pentecost: Synod is journey in the Spirit, not ‘a parliament’

The Catholic Church's current Synod of Bishops should not be a "parliament for demanding rights," but a "journey in accordance with the Spirit," Pope Francis said.