Helping the poor is duty, not a fad, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – As the rich get richer, the increasing misery and cries of the poor are ignored every day, Pope Francis said.

Lies obstruct relationships, love, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – Lying or being inauthentic is seriously wrong because it hinders or harms human relationships, Pope Francis said.

Archbishop Scicluna named adjunct secretary of CDF

VATICAN – Pope Francis named Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, arguably the Catholic Church's most respected abuse investigator, to be adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

God's Word on Sunday: Treat every day as a day of judgment

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Nov. 18 (Year B) Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

Communion must extend beyond church walls, transform societies, Pope says

VATICAN – Even in societies increasingly marked by divisions and prejudice, Catholics gather every Sunday "in the Lord's name and acknowledge that they are brothers and sisters," Pope Francis said.

New Vatican body to take over Catholic charismatic activities

VATICAN – The two international bodies that had been supporting and coordinating the international activities of charismatic Catholics will become one new organization.

Sainthood is a choice, 'either holiness or nothing', Pope Francis says

VATICAN – Saints are not just the well-known men, women and young people on the liturgical calendar, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.

'Every Christian vocation is spousal', just like marriage, Pope says

VATICAN – The Sixth Commandment's mandate against adultery is a call to fidelity that applies not only to married couples, but to all Christians called to love others through their vocation, Pope Francis said.

Mary Marrocco: Living and loving in the face of death

“I have been half in love with easeful Death.” So wrote poet John Keats two centuries ago. For him it was sorrowful, yet his succinct sentence could well describe our current perspective in this country. 

God's word on Sunday: God reveals path out of darkness

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 28 (Year B) Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52


Young people must know history, learn from the past, Pope says

VATICAN – Pope Francis said young men and women today need to learn from their elders what led to the great wars of the 20th century so "they won't fall for the same mistake."