Cardinals begin pre-conclave meetings at Vatican

The College of Cardinals began their formal pre-conclave meetings March 4 with 142 members present, 103 of whom are under the age of 80 and eligible to enter the conclave to vote for a new pope.

Hope from the ashes: Notre Dame fire showed that beauty still matters, say experts

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As people in Paris and around the world watched in horror as flames consumed the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral, the blaze also stirred genuine emotions that could come only from witnessing the loss of beauty, art historian Elizabeth Lev said.

Jesus’ disciples are called to lead without lecturing, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As disciples, Christians are called to imitate Jesus’ heart and lead others directly to him, without lecturing them, Pope Francis said. Thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica Oct. 25 for the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops. The Mass concluded three weeks of intense discussion and debate on pastoral responses to the challenges facing families in the modern world.

HHS contraceptive mandate focus of panel at Catholic Media Conference

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — The fight over the federal contraceptive mandate is not about artificial birth control or a theological or moral debate about contraceptives,"...

R.I.’s same-sex marriage law is ‘serious injustice,’ archbishop says

The legalization of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island May 2 was described as a "serious injustice" by the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

Holy Year is a reminder to put mercy before judgment, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On a cloudy, damp morning, Pope Francis’ voice echoed in the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica: “Open the gates of justice.” With five strong thrusts, the pope pushed open the Holy Door, a symbol of God’s justice, which he said will always be exercised “in the light of His mercy.”

Nuns, activists want new Salvadoran inquiry into 1980 churchwomen deaths

It's been 35 years since three religious sisters and a lay missionary were abducted, raped and murdered by members of the National Guard on their way from a Salvadoran airport and the masterminds of the crime have gone unpunished.

After two years in office, Pope Francis has 90 percent favorable rating

Two years after he was elected pope, Pope Francis' popularity rating among U.S. Catholics is at 90 percent, surpassing Pope Benedict XVI's best-ever popularity, and rivaling that of St. John Paul II.

Good, evil come from the human heart, not the outside world, pope says

The outside world is not what "makes us saints or not saints, rather it is the heart that expresses our intentions, our choices and the desire to do everything for God's love," Pope Francis said.

St. Mary’s students serve in alumni priest’s footsteps

Besides serving the community, they also visited the home of Fr. William Wasson, a 1947 SMHS alum, to honor and celebrate his life as a Knight.