Divorce, migration changing the face of families worldwide, in U.S.

The family under discussion when the extraordinary Synod of Bishops convenes at the Vatican Oct. 5 will bear little resemblance to the family of 50 or even 20 years ago.

University of Mary celebrates Arizona’s first graduating class

Seventeen faculty and staff serving at 11 local Catholic elementary and high schools became the first graduating class from the University of Mary's Tempe campus. Bishops and priests from both dioceses gathered for a Baccalaureate Mass and celebration.

Family portraits, mutual support part of Caritas global assembly

The assembly brought together some 450 delegates from more than 150 national Catholic charities from around the world to focus on the theme, "One Human Family. One Common Home."

Integral ecology: Challenging people to broaden their focus of concern

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Integral ecology — a phrase often used when discussing the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon — highlights not just the interconnectedness that exists among God, humanity and creation, but also recognizes how political, economic, cultural, social and religious values and decisions are interrelated and affect the way people live with one another on the planet and use its resources.

Survey shows increase in Americans who aren’t part of any religion

A major study of the religious landscape of the United States shows a continuing decline in the number of people who consider themselves part of any religion, with the largest shift occurring among the "millennial" generation.

At Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue, cardinal blesses Olympic torch

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — High above the city, beneath the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio Cardinal Orani Tempesta blessed the Olympic torch, held by Brazil’s former Olympic volleyball player, Maria Isabel Barroso Salgado.

Bahamian Catholic school administrator describes current desperation

He said the school is gone, its church damaged and two others up the road are under four feet of water, but he proactively retrieved official records.

Soldiers lay down weapons for rosaries as they pray, pay homage to Mary

It looked like any other military parade with bands playing, flags waving and thousands of men and women marching in colorful uniforms decorated with medals and ribbons. But instead of impressive displays of tanks and trucks, troops from dozens of nations fell in line behind religious banners, a large wooden cross and a rose-strewn statue of Mary.

Birthday book: Scholars offer Pope Benedict traditional German tribute

"My life from the beginning was immersed in the paschal mystery, which could not be anything other than a blessing," the retired pope, turning 90, wrote.

Kingdom based on love, not power, brings true peace, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesus showed His authority as king not through the power of weaponry, violence or deceit but by the power of His love for the world through His death on the cross, Pope Francis said.