Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

https://youtu.be/ddcpfrf3NTM VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops...

Incoming priests had varied professions before entering seminary

The annual report also looks at parish ministries before seminary, Catholic apostolates, faith of their parents and other factors that helped them remain open to God's potential plan for a religious vocation.

Sri Lankan bombings impact U.S. parish with ties to seminarian there

The fallout from the Easter Sunday bombings in three Sri Lankan cities has reached a Philadelphia parish.

Self-evident truths now require ‘air quotes’ senator warns

WASHINGTON (CNA) — The founding principles of American politics are at risk, Utah’s Senator Mike Lee told CNA April 26.

National Shrine hosts organ concert to benefit Notre Dame Cathedral

WASHINGTON (CNS) — More than 2,000 people attended an April 26 organ concert at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington to benefit restoration and rebuilding efforts of Notre Dame de Paris, the famous French cathedral severely damaged in the April 15 fire.

Sri Lanka’s U.N. mission hosts memorial service for victims of attacks

NEW YORK (CNS) — All Sri Lankans “are going through one of the saddest and most devastating periods of our history,” Fr. Nalaka Silva told those gathered at an evening interfaith memorial service April 24 in New York for the victims and all people affected by the Easter terrorist attacks.

Sri Lankan police chief resigns over bombings

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNA) — The Sri Lanka chief of police resigned this week after bombings left dead more than 200 Christians on Easter morning. An official at the defense ministry has also stepped down.

The original Image of Divine Mercy: It’s not where you might think

VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNA) — Among Catholic devotions, the Divine Mercy message is well-known: the iconic image of Christ, with rays of red and white pouring from his heart; St. Faustina, called the “Apostle of Divine Mercy;” and the Basilica of Divine Mercy in Kraków, Poland.

Court says Philadelphia can end faith-based agencies’ foster placements

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled April 22 that the city of Philadelphia can bar Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from placing children in foster care with any family because the Catholic agency upholds traditional marriage.

Jesus replaced law of revenge with law of love, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The scales of justice cannot solve everything, especially when it comes to stopping a cycle of evil vengeance, Pope Francis said.