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.

‘Amazin’ Mets’ of ‘69 can inspire Church to evangelize, Long Island bishop writes

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (CNS) — The New York Mets’ improbable World Series championship in 1969 can inspire the Catholic Church to a new era of evangelization, Bishop John O. Barres of Rockville Center wrote in a new pastoral letter.

Kindly lights in gloomy world: Pope declares five new saints

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Saints are people who recognized their need for God’s help, who took risks to discover God’s will and to help others and who nurtured a habit of thanksgiving, Pope Francis said.

Banners unfurled as faithful share stories of five saints

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican hung banners of the Catholic Church’s newly canonized saints four days before the Mass that would officially recognize that they are in heaven with God.

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.

Pope to cardinals: Loving, loyal service requires feeling God’s love

VATICAN (CNS) — A long, snail-paced line of well-wishers waited to greet Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa, Congo, after the ceremony in which Pope Francis placed a red hat on his head.

Without Holy Spirit, preaching becomes proselytizing, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A person who claims to preach the Gospel by convincing people of their beliefs in Jesus is not evangelizing, but proselytizing, Pope Francis said.

U.S. officials seek greater cooperation with Vatican on religious freedom

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Promoting religious freedom, providing humanitarian assistance and fighting human trafficking are three major issues the Vatican and the U.S. administration agree on and on which they will continue to coordinate efforts, panelists said at a joint symposium.

Pope opens Missionary Month with call to share joy, hope, talents

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God wants everyone to take a risk to share with others the gifts He has given to them — their life, talents and His love, Pope Francis said.

Calumny, slander is a ‘diabolical cancer,’ pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The act of bearing false witness to destroy someone is an attack against the body of the Church, Pope Francis said.