USCCB elevates oldest Marian shrine in U.S. to national shrine status

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (CNS) — Bishop Felipe J. Estevez of St. Augustine made a surprise announcement during Mass Oct. 11 that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elevated the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche to national shrine status.

Synod calls for more Church roles for women, but stops short of diaconate

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Members of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon asked that women be given leadership roles in the Catholic Church, although they stopped short of calling for women deacons.

With new decree, pope makes Vatican Secret Archives no longer ‘secret’

"Secret" has too many modern day negative connotations. It's now the VAA, Vatican Apostolic Archives.

Christians must shun self-worship, pope says at synod’s final Mass

Everyone is both Pharisee and tax collector, the pope said, "because we are sinners, and … masters of the art of self-justification."

Common climate crisis: Regional Church networks tackle shared problems

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Deforestation, land grabbing and climate change — life-and-death issues raised at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon — also are wreaking havoc in Central America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific islands.

Proposed Amazonian rite centered on Christ, indigenous professor says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Addressing concerns about a proposed Amazonian rite in the Catholic Church, an indigenous participant at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon called on Catholics to soften their hearts and understand the needs of Catholics in the region.

Win or lose, baseball is better with faith, former Astros batboy says

He spent four seasons in the dugout then served as a youth minister. He said his faith allows him to enjoy baseball more.

Cardinal Newman’s canonization: Chance for campus groups to ‘reclaim’ name

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The upcoming canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman begs the question: Do Catholic college students today even know who Cardinal Newman is?

Parents find pro-life healthcare for children with new pediatric clinic

Morning Star Pediatrics prides itself on providing not only excellent medical care, but partnering with parents to provide ethical and compassionate healthcare that respects the whole person.

Church faces conflicts with help of Holy Spirit, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Church resolves conflicts and discerns God’s will by patiently listening, discussing and deciding under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said.