Don’t be afraid or ashamed to go to confession, pope says

"There are people who are afraid to go to confession, forgetting that they will not encounter a severe judge there, but the immensely merciful Father," Christ's vicar on earth said.

CRS strengthens civil society groups in fractured Lebanon

Catholic Relief Services and certain groups within the countries it serves are beginning to see fruits of its capacity-building program designed to enhance their ability to identify and meet development challenges.

Cardinal Dolan in op-ed criticizes Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric

In an op-ed piece published July 29 in the New York Daily News, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York took issue with the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump without explicitly naming him.

Serra’s legacy complicated by practices, conflicts of his time

People with ties to the California mission system see the canonization of its founder as a moment for reflection and reconciliation with native people.

Blessed Serra described as missionary ‘on fire’ heeding Christ’s call

To Andrew Galvan, Blessed Junipero Serra is a stalwart of faith and mission worthy of the title "saint."

Evidence of missions’ influence seen in places, people throughout California

It's difficult to miss the mark that the missions have had on the Golden State. Evidence of their influence is seen in places and people throughout California.

Catholic officials, others react to Boy Scouts’ decision to allow openly gay leaders

The top leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting have made an uneasy peace with the Boy Scouts of America’s decision July 27 to allow openly gay troop leaders and employees to serve in their ranks at the national level.

World Youth Day registration begins; pope is first person to sign up

Pope Francis was the first pilgrim to sign up for World Youth Day to be held in Krakow, Poland, launching the opening of registration.

‘Good Is Winning’ social media effort gears up for Pope Francis’ visit

A broad digital media project to coincide with Pope Francis' visit this fall to the United States aims to recruit and interact with young people, particularly those who do not think of themselves as religious.

Papal trip began as World Meeting of Families, grew to be three-city tour

The first traces of preparation for Pope Francis' historic U.S. visit this September could be said to have started in Milan, Italy, in 2012.