Pope Francis greets a resident as he arrives to give an Easter blessing to a home in a public housing complex in Ostia, a Rome suburb on the Mediterranean Sea, on May 19. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Faith News
May 19, 2017
"It was a great surprise today when, instead of the pastor, the one ringing the door bells was Pope Francis."
A statue of Mary is seen outside St. James Church in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in this Feb. 26, 2011, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News
May 18, 2017
"The commission held as credible the first apparitions," he said. "Afterward, things became a little more complicated."
The sun sets behind a statue of Mary on Apparition Hill in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in this 2011 file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News
May 17, 2017
The commission established to study the alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, reportedly voted overwhelmingly to recognize as supernatural the first seven appearances of Mary in 1981.
Indian Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was kidnapped in Yemen more than a year ago, is seen in a screen grab from a YouTube video. (CNS)
Faith News
May 09, 2017
Father Uzhunnalil was kidnapped in Aden on March 4, 2016, in an attack in which four Missionaries of Charity and at least 12 others were killed at a home for the aged.
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)
Politics & Society News
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.