Vigil for abuse survivors [video]

Survivors of clerical sex abuse attend a vigil near the Vatican Feb. 21.

Despite human sinfulness, God’s projects will endure, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church will endure, despite the frailty and sins of its members, because it is God’s project, Pope Francis said.

Cardinal Cupich asks for new structure to ensure bishops’ accountability

The Catholic Church needs "new legal structures of accountability" for bishops accused of sexual abuse or of negligence in handling abuse allegations, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago told the Vatican summit on safeguarding.

Historic New Orleans cathedral hauntingly quiet during private Mass

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — As sacristan Philip Alviar pulled the rope attached to the sacristy bell at exactly 12:05 p.m. March 17, he processed into the pristine and hauntingly quiet St. Louis Cathedral sanctuary, followed by Dcn. Richard Brady and Fr. Philip Landry.

Marching ‘an authentic act of patriotism,’ says military archbishop

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Taking part in the March for Life is “an authentic act of patriotism,” Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, head of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, told 5,000 worshippers Jan. 24 in his homily for the closing Mass of the National Vigil for Life.

Justice is ‘a divine characteristic’ of God, archbishop says at Red Mass

"Those of you engaged in the administration of justice can and must never completely remove those divine qualities from your service and your calling," he said.

Fear, status quo smother fire of God’s love, pope says at synod Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church’s mission in the world is to spread the fire of God’s love and must not be limited to the “‘ordinary maintenance’ of those who already know the Gospel,” Pope Francis said.

Cardinal Pell appeals abuse convictions to Australian High Court

SYDNEY (CNS) — Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of child sexual abuse offenses, has lodged an application with Australia’s High Court to appeal his guilty verdict.

Harming a child must be ‘line in the sand’ for removal, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — For the Catholic Church, there is a “line in the sand,” which can never be crossed, and that is to not allow anyone who harms or would harm a child to exercise public ministry, said Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston.

Pope, Pence meet at the Vatican

The pope presented him a medallion, describing it as an "angel of peace" conquering "the demon of war."