Many Christians who died for the faith did so, not because they were denied the freedom to worship, but because they were living out their faith and defending freedom, justice and truth, Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis told young people to always "look to the horizon" and open their hearts to other peoples and cultures.
Bishop John Dolan continued his tour of high schools in the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix today as part of his “Listening Tour,” visiting Seton Catholic Preparatory in Chandler. In addition to meeting with students, faculty, and staff, he celebrated Mass with the student body before being led on a tour of the campus by student ambassadors.
Pope Francis has advanced the sainthood cause of a Spanish poet-priest who was a member of the Spanish Royal Academy.
The archbishop of Paris has banned French Msgr. Tony Anatrella, a longtime Vatican consultant on issues of sexuality, from all public ministry and ordered him to a life of prayer after a Vatican investigation into allegations he sexually abused young men he was counseling.
Roman Catholic members of Arizona’s legal profession, including judges, lawyers, clerks and paralegals gathered at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in downtown for the 53rd annual Red Mass Wednesday night.
Pope Francis' fifth trip to the African continent will highlight gestures of peace and reconciliation, consoling the victims of violence but also emphasizing the importance of each person sowing peace in the family, the neighborhood and the nation.
Christians must develop a pastoral heart to care for those who have not heard the Gospel or who have left the fold, Pope Francis said.
The call to faith in Jesus always is a call to service and mission, Pope Francis told seminarians, priests and staff of the Pontifical North American College.
No physical limitation or setback can diminish the value of any human being because each person is a unique and beloved child of God, Pope Francis said.