Pope Francis meets with Canadian bishops from Ontario on April 25 during their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican to report on the status of their dioceses. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) 
Politics & Society News
April 26, 2017
Ontario bishops spoke particularly about concerns that proposed Ontario laws and policies surrounding euthanasia currently offer no real guarantees of the freedom of doctors and nurses to conscientiously object to actively helping a person die.
Faith News
April 22, 2017
At Rome's Basilica of St. Bartholomew, a shrine to modern martyrs, Pope Francis presided over an evening prayer service April 22, honoring Christians killed under Nazism, communism, dictatorships and terrorism.
Pope Francis arrives for a prayer vigil with World Youth Day pilgrims at the Field of Mercy in Krakow, Poland in 2016. (CNS photo/Bob Roller
Politics & Society News
April 06, 2017
Looking at the period 2010-2015, the global Catholic population increased by 7.4 percent.
Pope Francis kisses a Marian statue presented by someone in the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on April 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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April 05, 2017
Religious people must listen to one another and speak to each other as brothers and sisters, the pope said. "Listen and speak softly, peacefully, seeking the path together."
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila speaks at a session of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines, on Jan. 28. (CNS photo/Katarzyna Artymiak)
Faith News
April 04, 2017
A more Christian, as well as more effective, approach to the global migration crisis would be to move from a concern about "national security" to a concern for "common security," said Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.
Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Ill., greets the Rev. Timothy George, dean of Samford University's Beeson Divinity School. (CNS photo/Mary D. Dillard, One Voice)
Faith News
April 04, 2017
"The racial divide in the United States and, sadly, in the Catholic Church in the United States is not something of the past. It is very much something of the present," the bishop said.
Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is pictured in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News
April 03, 2017
Without a faith dimension, ideological and political notions of development will fail, even if they have some initial success, Cardinal Gerhard Muller said.
Pope Francis greets the crowd during an encounter with confirmation candidates at San Siro Stadium in Milan on March 25. (CNS photo/Stefano Rellandini, Reuters) 
Faith News
March 28, 2017
The pope asked 45,000 children to be silent and reflect on if there were times when they made fun of someone for how they looked or behaved.
Pope Francis, right, and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame exchange gifts during a private audience at the Vatican, on March 20, 2017. (Tony Gentile/Pool photo via AP)
Politics & Society News
March 20, 2017
Pope Francis asked God's forgiveness for the failures of the Catholic Church during the 1994 Rwanda genocide and for the hatred and violence perpetrated by some priests and religious.
Afghan women hold placards as they take part in a protest demanding better living conditions at the refugee camp of the former international Helliniko airport in Athens, Greece, on Feb. 18. (CNS photo/Yannis Kolesidis, EPA) 
Politics & Society News
February 23, 2017
When Pope Francis affirms basic Christian principles, he is not singling out one person or nation, but he definitely is not excluding them either.