Being Christian means acting, loving like Christ, pope says at audience

A Christian isn't a person who simply follows some commandments, but is a person who tries to think like Christ, "act like him, love like him," Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience.

Good Friday rosary brings hope for pro-life movement

The 40 Days for Life’s spring campaign, which formally drew to a close on Good Friday, brought news of hope for the pro-life movement in Arizona.

Bishop: North Korea’s threats might aim to increase aid, preserve pride

The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea said North Korea's recent threats of aggression may be an attempt to shore up foreign aid while preserving pride.

April push for immigration reform kicks off with rallies, marches

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Thousands of people in Miami, New Jersey, Boston, California, Illinois and other places gathered in early April to call for immigration reform legislation, to urge an end to deportation policies that separate families, and generally to open a nationwide push for immigration-focused changes aimed at Congress and the White House.

Pope’s humble actions show he is ‘truly authentic,’ Jesuit priest says

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis' priorities will include working for the poor, protecting God's creation, strengthening interreligious dialogue, reforming the Roman Curia and evangelizing, a Jesuit priest told journalists at an April 3 event at the National Press Club in Washington.

Wrestling with belief: Roger Ebert’s closing credits

NEW YORK (CNS) -- In the end, Roger Ebert's doubts about his Catholic faith may not have been what really mattered. Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral was, after all, the chosen venue for his April 8 funeral Mass, and it was packed to the rafters.

Attorneys general urge wider exemption for contraceptive mandate

Thirteen state attorneys general asked the federal government to expand the religious exemption under the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate to private companies.

Safeguarding creation expected to be major theme at WYD in Rio

When hundreds of thousands of young Catholics gather with Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro in the summer, reflections on safeguarding the environment will be part of the program.

Obama reflects on ‘blessed moments’ he spent in Holy Land before Easter

President Barack Obama said his visit to the Holy Land just before Easter gave him "blessed moments" praying at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and walking where Jesus did, he said at a prayer breakfast at the White House April 5.

Through pope’s embrace, 8-year-old Rhode Island boy touches the world

Christiana Gondreau could not have imagined that a chance encounter she and her 8-year-old son, Dominic, had with Pope Francis in the middle of St. Peter's Square following his first Easter Mass would touch the hearts of so many around the globe.