Celibacy is a gift, not an obstacle, indigenous priest says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While indigenous cultures may have difficulty accepting the concept of celibacy, indigenous candidates for the priesthood are more than capable of understanding that it is a gift from God, said an indigenous priest from Brazil.

Cured Chicago mother: Newman events ‘experience of a thousand lifetimes’

Melissa Villalobos attended the Oct. 13 canonization ceremony, carried the offertory gifts to Pope Francis, read a prayer at a vigil and greeted pilgrims.

‘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.

U.S. bishops speak at synod for the Amazon

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is not a “referendum” on priestly celibacy; it is looking for ways to provide for the sacramental life and formation of the people there, U.S. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston said.

Diocesan patroness Our Lady of Guadalupe to be honored at Rosary Celebration

When the Diocese hosts the 44th annual Arizona Rosary Celebration later this month, it will be even more than an installment of an annual rite promoting prayer and intercession through the Rosary while honoring the Blessed Mother.

Divine intervention: Papal tweet of support for ‘Saints’ goes viral

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A hashtag mix-up caused a papal tweet meant to give thanks for the Catholic Church’s newest saints to be read as Pope Francis showing support for the New Orleans Saints’ football team.

Ministry, ecology, mission are main themes at synod’s first week

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The first week of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon saw support for the priestly ordination of married indigenous men, impassioned pleas for respect for indigenous culture and denunciations of violence against the earth.

Prince Charles praises St. Newman; others promote him as ‘doctor of the Church’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On the eve of the canonization of St. John Henry Newman, Britain’s Prince Charles, future head of the Church of England, penned an article about England’s newest saint for the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.

Newman’s conscience insights timely today, says Sydney archbishop

Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, walks past an image of St. John Henry Newman during...

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.