Sainthood Now! Catholics rejoice in upcoming canonizations, recall encounters with future saints

When Pope Francis canonizes Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II this month, the eyes of the world will turn toward Rome. Some of them will fill with tears of joy.

Ontario law: Catholic schools must allow gay-straight alliance clubs

TORONTO (CNS) -- Catholic schools in Ontario must allow gay-straight alliance clubs if requested by students, under a new law. The controversial Bill 13 passed...

For professor, it’s time to talk about being gay and a faithful Catholic

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Delegates to the recent World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia packed a breakout session at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to hear Ron Belgau talk about his life as a self-professed celibate gay Catholic man who embraces Catholic teachings.

Bishop establishes house of prayer for priests

Priests in the Diocese of Phoenix now have a house of prayer where they can take time away for prayer and solitude. Merciful Heart Hermitage was established May 21 by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. The oratory, as it is referred to in canon law, is on the premises of the former residence of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration.

Pope says Catholics must practice ‘responsible parenthood’

Pope Francis stressed that, despite church doctrine against contraception, Catholics fail to practice "responsible parenthood" when they have too many children.

Priest: ‘Ninja’ show a way to proclaim Gospel using his God-given talents

"So many of my brother priests have amazing talents," from music to athleticism, "so anyone reading this, their pastor has an amazing talent or two or three. Ask them about it, because it reveals the human side of us," he said.

Gingrich formally begins service as U.S. ambassador to Holy See

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Callista L. Gingrich presented her letters of credential to Pope Francis, formally assuming her duties as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.

Founding members of student senate reflect on first semester at Catholic university

Mesa's first Catholic university opens its second semester Jan. 21. Students are returning for a second semester at Mesa's first Catholic university Jan. 21. Benedictine students found a values-based education enhanced their personal development and strenghtened their faith have one semester

Caravan heads to Mexico City; Guadalupe basilica opens for migrants

CORDOBA, Mexico (CNS) — The caravan of migrants making its way through Mexico has started arriving in Mexico City, where the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the world’s most-visited Marian shrine, has opened its shelter for pilgrims to weary Central American migrants.

Cardinal to Congress: Disclose abortion coverage in health care law

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley urged members of Congress to support the Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, a measure that would require health plans to disclose if they subsidize abortion coverage.