Sundays must be a day of rest dedicated to God, family, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The demands of work can't bully people out of needed time off, Pope Benedict XVI said. Sunday must be a day...

Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio elected pope, takes name Francis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, was elected the 266th pope and took the name Francis. The election March 13 came on the first full day of the conclave on the conclave's fifth ballot. It was a surprisingly quick conclusion to a conclave that began with many plausible candidates and no clear favorite.

Students celebrate canonization of school’s namesake

Pope Francis canonized their school’s patron saint, Pope John XXIII, in Rome April 27. That set off a two-day celebration honoring his elevation to sainthood and the school’s new name.

Donor says helping her pastor an easy decision: ‘He needed a kidney’

A parishioner walks up to her pastor and says, "I want to give you my kidney." Pastor smiles and says, "OK." Don't expect a punchline. It's no joke.

In first encyclical, pope celebrates faith as the light of human life

Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei" ("The Light of Faith"), is a celebration of Christian faith as the guiding light of a "successful and fruitful life."

List of cardinal electors in order of precedence

Here, in the Vatican's formal order of precedence, is a list of the 115 cardinal electors expected to participate in the conclave.

Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness

Pope Francis' Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one's life include slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace.

Lent comes ‘to reawaken us,’ pope says at Ash Wednesday Mass

ROME (CNS) — Lent is meant to wake up Christians and help them see that God can give them the strength to change their...

Cardinal Sarah known as defender of rights, promoter of charity

Cardinal Robert Sarah, 67, has both the pastoral experience and the Roman Curia experience that many observers believe is necessary for a future pope.

Cardinal Ravasi, Bible scholar, uses culture as bridge to unite people

A prominent voice at the Vatican in the run-up to the papal election, Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi is a well-known biblical scholar who can quote just as easily from Sufi poets, Dante and Danish philosophers as he can from sacred Scripture.