Pope declares special Sunday each year dedicated to word of God

With this apostolic letter, the pope "invites us to hold the word of God in our hands every day as much as possible so that it becomes our prayer" and a greater part of one's lived experience, he said.

Slain Jesuits remembered worldwide for sacrificing lives for poor, peace

It's been 30 years since they were killed on the grounds of Central American University in San Salvador, where they taught, lived and were fatally shot in a garden.

Proposed Amazonian rite centered on Christ, indigenous professor says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Addressing concerns about a proposed Amazonian rite in the Catholic Church, an indigenous participant at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon called on Catholics to soften their hearts and understand the needs of Catholics in the region.

Santa has heart for bringing joy, true meaning of Christmas to children

WOODBURY, Minn. (CNS) — Bob Mathewson got a celebrity’s welcome at St. Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School one early December morning.

Historic Baltimore church building restored, given new life as brewpub

It's not exactly "theology on tap," but hints of the space's theological roots remain.

Mission is to make disciples for Christ, not for one’s group, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Every Christian is called to be a missionary, sharing the good news of salvation in Christ and making disciples for Him, not for oneself or one’s clique of like-minded believers, Pope Francis said.

Mary is loving mother, humble disciple, pope says on Guadalupe feast

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope Francis said she reminds Catholics of her true essence as a woman, a mother and a “mestiza” or person of mixed race.

Pope prays Christmas softens hardened hearts to bring peace, justice

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The light of peace, hope and salvation brought into the world with the birth of Jesus is stronger than the darkness of war and despair, but spreading that light requires the cooperation of every person of good will, Pope Francis said in his Christmas address.

Helping others is the true goal, pope tells soccer league

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Like those who play soccer, people must learn to work together, help one another and race toward a clear goal, Pope Francis said.

Show others God’s mercy, don’t judge them, pope says

ALBANO, Italy (CNS) — Christians are not licensed “inspectors of other people’s lives,” but rather disciples who reach out to others, assuring them of God’s love and welcoming them into the community, Pope Francis said.