Category: National and International

Door to door: Pope reaffirms missionaries’ mandate to knock on hearts

VATICAN CITY | As a sign that God’s mercy cannot be limited, Pope Francis has recommissioned his special army of priests charged with bringing that divine mercy to everyone. Originally instituted in 2016 for the Year of Mercy, the “missionaries of mercy” were invited to return to Rome April 8-11 to share their experiences and… Read more »

Catholic priest in Congo shot dead; kidnapped priest released, unharmed

ARU, Congo | A Catholic priest was shot dead in Congo shortly after celebrating Mass. U.N. radio in Congo reported April 9 that Father Etienne Nsengiunva, a priest in Kitchanga, was shot at point-blank range April 8. Father Emmanuel Kapitula, vicar of the parish in Kitchanga, said an armed man entered the room where Father… Read more »

St. Grandma? Pope cites the famous and the ‘saint next door’

VATICAN CITY | Naturally in a document on the Christian call to holiness, Pope Francis cited a heavenly host of saints — including some whose sainthood causes are ongoing and some who probably will never be canonized. “A great cloud of witnesses,” he said, encourages each Christian to take steps toward holiness. “These witnesses may… Read more »

Holiness means being loving, not boring, pope says

VATICAN CITY | God calls all Christians to be saints — not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness. “Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none… Read more »

Way of Cross: Young people pray for courage to bear cross, help others

VATICAN CITY | During this year dedicated to the younger generations, Pope Francis asked that the meditations for his Good Friday service be written by young people. Twelve young women and three young men between the ages of 16 and 28 wrote the reflections and prayers that will be read March 30 during the Stations… Read more »

Easter shows the power of love, which renews the world, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Easter makes it clear that in the life of Jesus, but also in the lives of modern men and women, “death, solitude and fear” do not have the last word, Pope Francis said before giving his Easter blessing. “The words heard by the women at the tomb are also addressed to us:… Read more »

Eritrean refugees in Israel turn to faith for solace

TEL AVIV, Israel   |  A refugee’s life is one of constant uncertainty and confusion. Yet in their faith the refugees have found strength and refuge, said Father Rafic Nahra, priest of the St. James Vicariate, which ministers to the asylum seekers and migrant worker community in Israel. Late April 2, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu… Read more »

Villanova, Loyola Catholic chaplains taking center court at Final Four

ST. PAUL, Minn. | Father Rob Hagan has been in Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt’s shoes before. Now an Augustinian priest and Villanova University men’s basketball chaplain, as a student he witnessed the Wildcats’ Cinderella run to the 1985 Final Four and national title. He holds the memory dear as he has made more memories with… Read more »

U.S. Catholic leaders concerned by low number of resettled refugees

WASHINGTON | Catholic leaders wrote to the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security March 26 expressing concern for the low number of refugees to be resettled this year in the United States. President Donald Trump has cut the number of refugees to be admitted into the U.S., from 110,000 in fiscal… Read more »