In Brazil, pope’s simple, artless actions resonate powerfully

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- If Blessed John Paul II had an actor's mastery of the dramatic gesture and Pope Benedict XVI engaged the faithful most effectively through his learned and lucid writing, Pope Francis showed the world on his first international trip that his forte as a communicator is the simple, seemingly artless action that resonates powerfully in context.

Pope tells bishops, other ministers fidelity is key to evangelization

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- With the young pilgrims of World Youth Day, Pope Francis was encouraging and challenging; with the bishops, priests and religious who minister to them he was firm and blunt.

Pope answers questions about Curia reforms, gay lobby

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM BRAZIL (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he was responding to the clear wishes of the College of Cardinals when he set up commissions to study the Vatican bank, Vatican financial and administrative procedures and the reform of the Roman Curia.

Local voice soothes crowd recovering from deadly tornado

Julie Carrick is halfway through her speaking and music engagements for the year with another 50 or so to go. The city names and...

Schools take home 12 ‘Tony’ Awards

National Youth Arts bestowed 12 awards to five area Catholic schools for top-quality plays and musicals produced during the 2012-13 school year. The awards tally is split at six each for local Catholic elementary and high schools.

World Youth Day pilgrims find faith transcends differences in culture

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- For Americans at World Youth Day, it's not just seeing and praying with Pope Francis that's exciting, but the chance to bolster their own faith and take home their experiences.

A million young people jam Rio’s Copacabana beach to try to see pope

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- "I saw the pope! I saw the pope!" yelled Hiago Ferreira de Araujo of Feira de Santana, Brazil, as he jumped up and down like a little kid who had just scored a goal.

Pope honors grandparents, leads prayers for families

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- The 76-year-old Pope Francis went to World Youth Day with grandparents, or at least society's elders, on his mind, and he honored them in a special way July 26.

Seminarians reflect on summer assignments

Phoenix’s seminarians have a couple more weeks left for their summer ministry — whether that’s at a local parish, in a department of the Diocesan...

Argentines flock to Rio cathedral to see their cardinal-turned-pope

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- The streets surrounding the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian were filled with a sea of blue and white flags. The Argentines had come to town.