Kindly lights in gloomy world: Pope declares five new saints

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Saints are people who recognized their need for God’s help, who took risks to discover God’s will and to help others and who nurtured a habit of thanksgiving, Pope Francis said.

Banners unfurled as faithful share stories of five saints

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican hung banners of the Catholic Church’s newly canonized saints four days before the Mass that would officially recognize that they are in heaven with God.

Cardinals owner remembered for commitment to faith, family

His legacy also includes contributions to Catholic education locally and nationally.

Fear, status quo smother fire of God’s love, pope says at synod Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church’s mission in the world is to spread the fire of God’s love and must not be limited to the “‘ordinary maintenance’ of those who already know the Gospel,” Pope Francis said.

Pope to cardinals: Loving, loyal service requires feeling God’s love

VATICAN (CNS) — A long, snail-paced line of well-wishers waited to greet Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa, Congo, after the ceremony in which Pope Francis placed a red hat on his head.

Justice is ‘a divine characteristic’ of God, archbishop says at Red Mass

"Those of you engaged in the administration of justice can and must never completely remove those divine qualities from your service and your calling," he said.

Court urged to hear Louisiana, Indiana cases and overturn Roe

The court will hear a challenge to a Louisiana law and will announce Oct. 7 whether it will take up an Indiana case.

‘Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life’ is Respect Life Month theme

The church's teaching on the value and inviolability of every human life remains an indispensable source of truth for all people," Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann said.

Synod document is to aid discussion, not be Church teaching, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes said the working document for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is not official Church teaching, but rather a way for bishops to listen to the local Churches’ concerns.

A model of courage and faith

How far would a person go to follow the truth? This is the story of Blessed John Henry Newman — soon to be saint — who will be canonized by Pope Francis at the Vatican Oct. 13.