Life Teen conference draws hundreds

What do you get when you bring hundreds of youth ministers from around the world together for an inspiring four-day conference in the Valley of the Sun? The answer: 700 people on their knees in adoration beholding Jesus, the Lamb of God.

Work on Wisconsin farm prepared slain brother for service in Guatemala

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — Before donning the habit of a Christian Brother in 1962, Br. James Miller wore the bib overalls of a Wisconsin farm boy.

World record holder celebrates 70 years of priestly ministry

Meet up with a nearly 96-year-old Holy Cross priest who has many accolades to his name including papal appointments, involvement in the civil rights movement, a Centennial medal from Catholic Charities USA and longest-serving president of the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Hesburgh, who is also the oldest and longest-serving priest of the United States Province for the Congregation of the Holy Cross, still works daily in his office on the 13th floor of the library that bears his name.

Leave Mass praising God, not gossiping about others, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The final words at Mass — “Go in peace” — are an invitation to Christians to proclaim God’s blessings through their lives, not an opportunity to go outside and speak ill of others, Pope Francis said.

REVIEW: ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

NEW YORK (CNS) — In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells his disciples, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

California Archbishop ‘deeply disappointed’ by Senate passing Confession bill

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gómez, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he was “deeply disappointed” by the California Senate’s passage of a bill that would force priests to disclose information about child sexual abuse that they hear in the sacrament of Confession.

Son’s meeting with birth mother who nearly aborted him made into film

As for his adoptive parents, "they're excited as well to see what happens with the film and to see how many people we can impact."

St. Damien de Veuster of Molokai

Born in Tremelo, Belgium, Joseph de Veuster left school at 13 to work on the family farm. Six years later he joined the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, taking the name Damien.

Pope asks youths to help rejuvenate Church; youths ask Church to listen

ROME (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs the enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people so that it can preach the Gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today, Pope Francis told some 300 young adults.

‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope

ROME (CNS) — After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood’s children.