Pope heads to Bosnia as ‘brother messenger of peace’

Pope Francis said he will dedicate his one-day visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina to encouraging a minority Catholic community in the faith, fostering ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, and calling for peace and harmony after the devastations of war.

Facing the truth about ourselves is a step toward holiness, pope says

Facing the truth about ourselves is not easy, Pope Francis told the faithful at a parish on the outskirts of Rome. He also spoke forcefully about the sin of gossip.

Cristero War took her father but strengthened her faith, says woman

LOS ANGELES — As she shut off the garden hose and set it next to her recently planted flowers, Maria Meza greeted a visitor. "Yes,...

Top Catholic business execs embrace ongoing call to conversion

SCOTTSDALE — Top-ranking Catholic business leaders spent three days at the Phoenician strengthening each other in their resolve to remain authentically Catholic in the marketplace.

Pope accepts Cardinal McCarrick’s resignation as cardinal

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and has ordered him to maintain “a life of prayer and penance” until a canonical trial examines accusations that he sexually abused minors.

Bishops to consider endorsing sainthood cause of Sister Thea Bowman

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. bishops will consider endorsing the sainthood cause of Sr. Thea Bowman, the granddaughter of slaves and the only African-American member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, who transcended racism to leave a lasting mark on Catholic life in the United States in the late 20th century.

At Mass, Pope Francis remembers ‘hopeful’ witness of Romanian Catholics

BUCHAREST, Romania (CNS) — In his first Mass in Romania, Pope Francis recalled the witness of countless Catholics in the country who held on to hope and trusted God amid persecution.

Cardinal criticizes Sri Lankan government for not taking precautions

BANGKOK (CNS) — Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has blamed the country’s authorities for the security lapse he claims could have prevented Easter bombings, in which the death toll surpassed 320.

Pope Francis: Without faith in Christ, church is just ‘pitiful NGO’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Without faith in Christ's sacrifice on the cross, the church is nothing more than a "pitiful NGO," Pope Francis said in his first homily as pope.

New superintendent’s transcript shows long-time passion for Catholic education

There haven’t been many years of Harry A. Plummer’s adult life that didn’t circle around a Catholic school. None of it has been outside the Church.