Prayer to St. Michael makes resurgence in response to sex abuse crisis

WASHINGTON – In response to the church abuse crisis, many parishes around the country have been bringing out the big guns in a spiritual sense -- calling on St. Michael the Archangel to help the church.

'Do you listen to your angel?': Guardian angels accompany us to God, Pope says

VATICAN – Christians have guardian angels to encourage and guide them so they won't become sluggish on their journey in life, Pope Francis said.

Church's problems are created by 'winds of scandal' by its own members, Pope says

VATICAN – The barque of the church is being buffeted by strong winds of scandal created by its own members, Pope Francis told a group of priests from France.

Loving the terminally ill can make shadow of euthanasia disappear, Pope says

VATICAN – Caring for the sick, especially those near death, cannot be reduced simply to giving them medicine, but must include providing healing and comfort that gives their lives value and meaning, Pope Francis said.

Pray the rosary daily to step up abuse fight, protect church from the devil, Pope says

VATICAN – Signaling his belief that the Catholic Church is facing a serious crisis, Pope Francis asked every Catholic in the world to pray for the protection of the church from attacks by the devil, but also that the church would be more aware of its sins and stronger in its efforts to combat abuse.

God's word on Sunday: Spirit of God is intended for all of us

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 30 (Year B) Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48


God wants Catholics, Pentecostals to learn from each other, Pope says

VATICAN – Pope Francis said many Catholics share his initial thoughts about the worship of charismatic Christians – "that more than prayer meetings they seem to be samba schools" – but he is convinced God wants Catholics and Pentecostals to learn from each other.

First Communion requires team effort

What is your memory of the time you received your first Holy Communion? 

Those exploiting foreigners for profit will pay on Judgment Day, Pope says

VATICAN – No one can remain indifferent to the way minority groups are increasingly the object of so much fear, scorn and hatred, Pope Francis said.

Pope praises Capuchin order's apostolate of confession, simplicity

VATICAN – Capuchins are called to be men of peace, reconciliation and prayer and to be close to all people, Pope Francis told members of the order.

Elitism, clericalism fosters every form of abuse, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – Sexual and physical abuse by priests and religious and the scandal of its cover-up by church authorities thrive in countries where the Catholic Church is "elitist and clericalist," Pope Francis told Jesuits in Ireland in August.