Prayer key to being missionary disciples, say FOCUS summit speakers

Though more than 8,500 Catholics attended the FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) conference in Phoenix last week, an emphasis was been put on the power of prayer and sharing Christ in small groups.

Faith is about worshipping God, not oneself, pope says on Epiphany

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Worshipping the Lord as the Three Kings did involves making a journey “from the greatest form of bondage: slavery to oneself,” Pope Francis said on the feast of the Epiphany.

Wrestler’s nearly fatal car crash rejuvenated his faith

Dan Beaudrie is a man of faith who beat the odds. Actually, he didn’t just beat them, he crushed them.

Following the light

Night was falling at the end of a gray day. A few dozen silent, shabby figures were sitting at round tables waiting.

Catholic publication names Catholic people of the year

WASHINGTON (CNS) — With the close of 2019, Our Sunday Visitor, a national Catholic newsweekly based in Huntington, Indiana, joined the trend in naming people of the year by identifying Catholics who made a particular impact over the past 12 months.

Pope begins New Year with apology, prayers for peace

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis began the New Year with an apology for losing his patience the night before with a woman who grabbed his hand and yanked him closer to her while he was greeting people in St. Peter’s Square.

‘A victory for women is a victory for humanity,’ pope says on Marian feast

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The world will not know peace unless there is an end to violence against women, the exploitation of their bodies and the denial of their dignity, Pope Francis said on the feast of Mary, Mother of God.

Catholics ring in New Year by learning how to evangelize at FOCUS summit

Alfonso Fraire didn’t think he’d be attending the Student Leadership Summit (SLS) at the Phoneix Convention Center because of his work schedule. However, God had greater plans and made it possible for Fraire to not only attend, but to also be sponsored by his parish, St. Mary’s in Chandler.

God is at work in the world, pope says at prayer service closing 2019

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God sent His only begotten son into the world, where He continues to dwell in the hearts of men and women, “urging them to believe, to hope, despite everything, and to love by working for the good of all,” Pope Francis said.

Put the phone away and talk to each other, pope urges families

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Reciting the Angelus prayer Dec. 29, the feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis entrusted to Mary, “Queen of the Family,” all the families of the world, “especially those experiencing suffering or distress, and we invoke upon them her maternal protection.”