U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan may risk civil war, says priest in Kabul

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The biggest risk Afghanistan might face with a withdrawal of U.S. troops could be civil war, said the Italian priest in charge of the small Catholic… Read More

Faith is bolstered by prayer, not money, power, media, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Without prayer, everything crumbles and any initiatives for church reform will just be proposals by some group and not the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Pope… Read More

Cardinal unveils major Vatican conference on priesthood slated for 2022

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Increasing vocations to the priesthood, improving the way laypeople and priests work together and ensuring that service, not power, motivates the request for ordination are all… Read More

Pope calls all Catholics to be missionaries of God’s mercy

ROME (CNS) — Like the disciples, who experienced Jesus’ divine mercy after the resurrection, all Christians are called to become missionaries, sharing the Gospel of God’s love and mercy with… Read More

Cardinal Cassidy, Vatican’s former top ecumenist, dies at 96

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Australian Cardinal Edward I. Cassidy, a longtime Vatican diplomat and former president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, died April 10 at the age… Read More

Pope ‘moved’ by registry of nighttime adoration he attended

Pope Francis said he was “moved” by a photo of an old registry that showed his participation as a young man at sessions of overnight eucharistic adoration at a basilica… Read More

Solidarity needed to reduce debt of poor nations, pope tells World Bank

Poor countries cannot be expected to recover from the current financial crisis if the world returns to an economic model in which a small minority of people owns half of… Read More

Saints accompany, intercede for Christians in prayer, pope says

Christians are never alone in prayer but instead are accompanied by myriad saints who protect them and seek God’s intercession, Pope Francis said. Whenever men or women open their hearts… Read More

Pope asks Filipinos to celebrate the gift of faith and pass it on

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As bishops across the Philippines opened “holy doors” at their cathedrals, Pope Francis sent a video message encouraging Filipino Catholics to celebrate the 500th anniversary of… Read More

UPDATE: Christ’s victory over death proclaims a second chance for all, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Easter liturgies — with the fire, sharing of light from the paschal candle, the renewal of baptismal promises and the proclamation that Jesus has risen… Read More
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