Springtime science, religion lesson turns ‘egg’stra real for young learners

The kindergarten and preschool classes at St. John Bosco experience the final weeks of Lent and the early Easter season in a unique way.

Court rules against Little Sisters plea to avoid way to bypass mandate 

DENVER (CNS) — The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious entities are not substantially burdened by procedures set out by the federal...

Mary inspires, assists those seeking their vocation, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Signing his document dedicated to young people, faith and discernment, Pope Francis said Mary, the mother of God, is a source of inspiration and strength for everyone who seeks to understand their vocation and remain faithful to it.

Priest finds frustrations build among Christians in Iraq camp

A Syriac Catholic priest ministers to more than 1,700 predominantly Syriac Catholic families who occupy a part of the refugee camp at Ankawa, near the Kurdish capital of Irbil, which has become known as the "Youth Center" since the Islamic State overran an Iraqi town nearly a year ago.

USCCB leaders say apostolic exhortation a call to invest in young people

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Christus Vivit (Christ Lives)” is a “wonderful summons to the Church to more vigorously invest in youth and young adults, especially those on the peripheries and those disconnected from the Church,” said a trio of leaders within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Dolan: Church loves, welcomes pregnant women, is ‘honored’ to serve them

In a robust demonstration that actions speak louder than words, New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan Feb. 18 introduced representatives of six church-related organizations that help pregnant women in need.

Chaplains must assist military traumatized by war, pope says

The healing balm of the sacraments can help military chaplains tend to the wounds of armed forces who endure physical and emotional scars from conflicts raging around the world, Pope Francis said.

El Salvador lays to rest another priest presumably assassinated by gangs

Parishioners found Fr. Cecilio Perez Cruz, a 35-year-old priest and pastor, shot dead in his residence May 18 with a note nearby that said he had not paid "rent," a euphemism for extortion money.

From brainy tomes to advocacy: Academy joins anti-trafficking fight

For an international group of researchers and scholars, serving at the pleasure of popes had meant producing lots of papers on important topics. But with Pope Francis, they are moving from publication to advocacy.

BVM trio celebrates 70-plus years of religious life

The sisters taught at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Agnes schools in the Diocese of Phoenix.