U.S. climate envoy speaks at Vatican conference, will meet pope

John Kerry, U.S. President Joe Biden's special envoy for climate, gave a keynote address at a closed-door meeting of the Pontifical Academy for Sciences and the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences at the Vatican May 14.

Atrocities still occurring in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, says priest

A priest from the Catholic Eparchy of Adigrat in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray says killings, abductions and rape are still occurring in the region where a military offensive launched in November.

Israel’s Jewish-Arab cities, symbols of coexistence, face growing unrest

As Israel escalated its assault on Gaza May 14, the nation also faced growing civil unrest in its mixed Jewish-Arab cities, considered a symbol coexistence.

The church and the world need Catholic Scouts, pope says

Pope Francis told a group of young women and men that as Catholic Scouts they have a "noble mission" to witness to the Gospel with their faith, service and care of creation.

Pope: Myth that only money, success matter is ‘gangrene’ for nation

If families are not the priority of the present, there will be no future, Pope Francis said as he opened a meeting in Rome on Italy's chronic decline in population growth.

U.S. bishop urges end of Holy Land violence between Israelis, Palestinians

The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace called on Israelis and Palestinians to end the violence in Jerusalem and Gaza that has claimed dozens of lives and left hundreds of people injured.

Polish pilgrims mark anniversary of attempt to assassinate St. John Paul

An elderly man stood alone in St. Peter's Square May 13, using his wooden rosary beads to pray by a simple plaque marking the place where St. John Paul II was shot exactly 40 years earlier.

Riding the green wave: Momentum for Laudato Si’ gears up for next decade

When the special Laudato Si' Anniversary Year closes May 24, it will celebrate progress made over the past five years, and it will launch a new wave of initiatives for the next decade in an ongoing response to Pope Francis' call for the care of creation.

In Gaza, tiny Catholic community tries to stay in touch during airstrikes

Since early May 11, Israeli bombs have been falling around the Rosary Sisters school in Gaza, which sustained light to moderate damage inside and outside the compound -- including to the front door and solar panels used for electricity.

Pray Our Lady’s rosary for an end to pandemic

We have all heard the adage "April showers bring May flowers," but for Catholics, there's something about Mary this month.