Cross is sign of God’s love, not superstitious ornament, pope says

Christ's cross is a powerful symbol of God's love for humanity and not just a decoration or trinket, Pope Francis said.

Pope-less economy: Castel Gandolfo forced to change course

Milvia Monachesi, mayor of Castel Gandolfo, said "for a moment" in 2013, "I thought I was the luckiest mayor in the world: I would have two popes. … But now there isn't even one."

Bishop Olmsted Appeals on Behalf of the Suffering People of Lebanon

Life is never easy in Lebanon. In addition to COVID-19, the city of Beirut has suffered an explosion that has changed the lives of thousands.

Pope baptizes twins after successful surgery to separate them

Their heads encased in white bandages covering the wounds where they had been conjoined, 2-year-old twins named Ervina and Prefina were baptized by Pope Francis Aug. 6.

Faith wobbles sometimes; what counts is calling for God’s help, pope says

Everyone experiences trials that can shake his or her faith; the key to survival is to call out to the Lord for help, Pope Francis said.
Father Christoper Heanue, administrator and a parochial vicar of Holy Child Jesus Church in Richmond Hill, N.Y., poses for a photo with two biking companions, Paul Cerni, left, and Tom Chiafolo.

Priest’s 100-mile bike ride raises COVID-19 aid for parish — and hope

Father Christopher Heanue started his morning July 27 by celebrating Mass at 5 a.m. and then took off on a 100-mile bike ride. But it wasn't just any ride.

Missing Mass: Social isolation keeps elders safe but lonely

In communities around the world, the social isolation that keeps elders safe from the coronavirus but precludes going to church is proving extremely difficult for many. In some remote areas, younger generations are helping their elders.

Christians must courageously share with others, pope says at Angelus

True compassion requires "courageous sharing," not telling people to go fend for themselves, Pope Francis said.

Bishops to Congress: Help Black families meet children’s educational needs

As the pandemic has "disproportionately affected" predominately Black communities and the Catholic schools that serve them, Congress must provide immediate financial help to families who have chosen these schools for their children's education, said the chairmen of three U.S. bishops' committees.

Jesuit superior warns of pandemic’s threat to democracy

Human lives and jobs are not the only things threatened by the coronavirus pandemic: In many countries, democracy and efforts to build a more just world also are under attack, said Father Arturo Sosa, superior general of the Jesuits.