WASHINGTON (CNS) -- On a gray and overcast morning in Washington, just a
short walk from Capitol Hill, construction work began on a museum
intended to promote engagement, education and discussion of the Bible.
The 430,000-square-foot museum will feature a 200-foot LED screen on the
lobby ceiling, displaying a set of rotating ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI has never doubted or
regretted his decision to resign, knowing it was the right thing to do
for the good of the church, said Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of
the papal household and personal secretary to the retired pope.
"The church needs a strong ...
Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan who founded the California missions and is in line to be canonized a saint this fall when Pope Francis visits the United States, could potentially lose his spot in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall under a proposal by a California state Sen. ...
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) -- As Jordan steps up airstrikes on Islamic State
targets in Syria to avenge the murder of its pilot, Catholic and other
leaders are hoping that the tragedy can still yield good for the future.
Islamic State killed First Lt. Muath al-Kasasbeh in early January, but
the video ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A homily at Mass is not a mini catechism class,
the Vatican says in a new document on homilies, but it is an opportunity
to explain church teaching using the Scripture readings and the
Catechism of the Catholic Church.
"In the broadest sense, the homily is a discourse ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Bishops who do not comply with the child
protection norms adopted by their bishops' conferences and approved by
the Vatican must face real consequences, said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley
of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of
The commission, he said, "is very, very ...
SAO PAULO (CNS) -- In the 10 years since U.S.-born Sister Dorothy Stang
was killed by ranchers in the Amazon, the risks have not decreased, said
one of the coordinators of the Brazilian bishops' Pastoral Land
Antonio Canuto, one of the commission's coordinators, said although the
73-year-old nun's assassination in Anapu ...
WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- Catholic and Orthodox archbishops in Ukraine
appealed for national unity against pro-Russia separatists as calls
mounted for the United States to help arm Ukrainian forces.
Citing constant danger to Ukraine, the church leaders called the war "a
crime against life" that brings "suffering and death, grief and
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The classic Christian martyr accepted death when presented with the option "convert or die."
When the pagan emperors of Rome carried out bloody campaigns against
Christians during the first three centuries of the church's history, the
Christian community had no difficulty in recognizing they were killed
"out of ...
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Barack Obama decried the use of "twisted
and distorted" faith as a wedge or a weapon in remarks Feb. 5 at the
National Prayer Breakfast.
The president also lauded the faith-based work typified by others on the
program for the annual event, including the Sister of Mercy who ...
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The only word worthy of being heard in the throes
of war is "peace," and there is nothing more scandalous than a nation
made up of Christians engaged in conflict, Pope Francis said.
"When I hear the word 'victory' or 'defeat,' I feel such great pain,
great sadness ...
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Hundreds of men, women and children, many in the
traditional, colorful clothing of their African and Caribbean ancestral
homelands, opened Black History Month at St. Patrick's Cathedral with an
exuberant Mass Feb. 1.
"It was a form of family reunion" that reflected the diversity of the
black Catholic ...
Pope Francis signed the decree Feb. 3, recognizing as martyrdom the March 24, 1980, assassination of Archbishop Romero in a San Salvador ...
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When the Supreme Court weighs in on the
constitutionality of the lethal- injection executions in Oklahoma this
year, its ruling will not likely be a tipping point in eliminating
capital punishment in the U.S., but some experts say it could be the
beginning of the end of this ...