Extension’s Flat Francis image helps build excitement for pope’s visit

Pope Francis isn't going to be visiting the United States until September, but that hasn't kept the pope from going all around the nation, if only as a simple piece of paper for the time being.

Bishops’ strategic plan urges ‘missionary discipleship’ across the church

The plan, adopted by a vote of 199-4 with two abstentions, will govern the work of the conference and its committees from 2017 through 2020.

Mary Anne Castranio recalled for devotion to faith, Catholic journalism

ATLANTA (CNS) — One of Mary Anne Castranio’s biggest joys came only after facing her fears.

Naming Chaldean as cardinal is gift to struggling Church

BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Francis’ naming of Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako as cardinal is a gift to the Chaldean Catholic Church, which has been struggling in the face of terrorism, said an Iraqi archbishop.

The Casa promotes local Apache craft business; CCHD collection set for Nov. 17-18

The Franciscan Renewal Center has supported crafters through the Apache Fair Trade Co-op for years. Recently, they’ve been working together to establish a solid business model to help the Apache in San Carlos, Ariz., fight poverty on the reservation.

At Marian shrine, pope reminds clergy, religious: Remember your roots

Clergy and religious must remember that all they have is freely given by God and they must never forget where they came from, Pope Francis told sisters, priests, seminarians and bishops gathered July 8 at the El Quinche Marian shrine in Ecuador.

Teen poised to become Guam’s youngest athlete to compete at the Olympics

essays to buy AGANA, Guam (CNS) -- Sixteen-year-old Pilar Shimizu is no stranger to setting records. Not only is she poised to become the youngest athlete...

Catholic support for immigration reform called a ‘moral imperative’

Catholics need to put aside "any partisan differences" they have on the immigration issue and come together to pray for the welfare of their brother and sister immigrants and for Congress to pass much-hoped-for comprehensive immigration reform, said Bishop David M. O'Connell of Trenton.

Mary, queen of heaven, watches over her children, pope says at audience

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) -- Honoring Mary as queen, Catholics see her exercising the same kind of regality that Jesus did: one of humility,...

Pope considering last-minute changes to conclave rules, Vatican says

Pope Benedict XVI is considering making some changes to the conclave rules and rituals before he leaves office Feb. 28, the Vatican spokesman confirmed.