Immaculate Conception is feast of hope for sinners, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Mary, conceived without sin, is a “masterpiece” who reflects “the beauty of God who is all love, grace and self-giving,” Pope Francis said on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Let Jesus be your pilot, archbishop says as Loreto jubilee begins

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Celebrating a jubilee year centered around Our Lady of Loreto, Catholics are called to “fly high” toward God and toward holiness, letting Jesus be their “pilot,” said Archbishop Fabio Dal Cin, papal delegate of the Italian Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto.

Vatican unveils Nativity scene, lights Christmas tree

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican unveiled the Nativity scene and lit the Christmas tree with energy-saving lights in St. Peter’s Square during a late afternoon ceremony Dec. 5.

Work on Wisconsin farm prepared slain brother for service in Guatemala

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — Before donning the habit of a Christian Brother in 1962, Br. James Miller wore the bib overalls of a Wisconsin farm boy.

Pope asks Catholics to set up, be enchanted by a Nativity scene

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Nativity scene is a simple reminder of something astonishing: God became human to reveal the greatness of His love “by smiling and opening His arms to all,” Pope Francis said in a letter on the meaning and importance of setting up Christmas cribs.

Minnesota high school prepares for beatification of one of its own

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — A man who scrubbed toilets and shoveled sidewalks at Cretin-Derham Hall High School is on his way to becoming a saint, and the school is celebrating his beatification by elevating his presence on campus and connecting students to his legacy.

Sister recalls vaudeville days and her family as ‘Nine Dancing Donahues’

This sister speaks of her childhood as a saint would: "We were just ordinary people trying to do extraordinary things."

Tucson bishop, other Catholic leaders decry ‘Remain in Mexico’ expansion

TUCSON (CNS) — Catholic leaders decried an expansion of the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which includes relocating migrants currently biding their time in the Tucson area back to border towns in Texas for transport back into Mexico.

Rochester bishop requested Fulton Sheen beatification delay

VATICAN CITY (CNA) — The beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen was delayed at the request of Bishop Salvatore Matano of Rochester, an official in the Diocese of Peoria and other Church officials have confirmed.

Everyday Heroes: Army officer donates part of liver to save priest’s life

The priest opted not to go on a waiting list and no family member was a match. Fortunately a "brother" Knight was.