Pope to U.S. bishops: Abuse crisis requires conversion, humility

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The clerical abuse crisis and the “crisis of credibility” it created for the U.S. bishops have led to serious divisions within the U.S. Church and to a temptation to look for administrative solutions to problems that go much deeper, Pope Francis told the U.S. bishops.

What the cross is really about [VIDEO]

What is the cross really about? Mark Hart (the Bible Geek) shares a powerful Good Friday message.

Pope prays for victims of Oklahoma tornado

As the death toll rose from the massive tornado that struck near Oklahoma City May 20, Pope Francis offered a special prayer for the victims during his early morning Mass May 21 and later offered his condolences through his Twitter account.

Pope makes long-awaited visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis fulfilled his much-desired wish to pray in silence before the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. After celebrating the first Mass of his papal trip to Mexico Feb. 13, the pope made his way to the “camarin” (“little room”) behind the main altar of the basilica dedicated to Mary. The miraculous mantle, which normally faces the congregation, can be turned around to allow a closer and more private moment of veneration.

Young at heart: Church outreaches bring Christmas cheer to adults

Even if guests can’t physically give much, spiritually, they gift several Catholic apostolates with their presence and someone to serve in an extra special way at Christmastime.

Men in the Breach: Sammy Bryant counsels through a Catholic lens

Sammy Bryant has always felt a call to evangelize and has allowed his faith to guide his work. Having grown up without a father, he’s been motivated even more so to live out his vocation as a husband and father and share that with others.

At Rio hospital, pope offers drug addicts an embrace and a challenge

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- Pope Francis addressed a group of recovering drug addicts in a working-class neighborhood of Rio, offering them a message of compassion and hope as well as a call to self-determination.

Cardinal O’Malley: Planned Parenthood’s Work Reflects ‘Throwaway Culture’ Decried By Pope Francis

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the USCCB, responded to recent videos showing leaders from Planned Parenthood discussing the provision of fetal organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics.

Survivor of Rwandan genocide to speak at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish

Immaculee Ilibagiza, who survived the Rwandan genocide of 1994 in which nearly a million people were killed — including nearly every member of her...

Mayors discuss ways to promote equality, environmental protection in their cities

Many of the mayors who met July 21 with Pope Francis stayed at the Vatican for a second day of discussions focused on city planning that promotes economic growth, equality and environmental protection simultaneously.