Life triumphs over death as Christians rebuild in Iraq, Pope Francis says

QARAQOSH, Iraq -- Amid the rubble and bombed out remains of four churches destroyed by Islamic State militants, Pope Francis paid tribute to Iraqi Christians who endured persecution and even death.

Hostility, violence are 'betrayals' of religion, Pope Francis says in Iraq

UR, Iraq -- Traveling to the birthplace of Abraham, Pope Francis urged believers to prove their faith in the one God and father of all by accepting one another as brothers and sisters.

  • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

Pope Francis, Iraqi Shiite leader affirm importance of dialogue, respect

NASIRIYAH, Iraq -- In a low-key meeting followed closely in Iraq and beyond, Pope Francis and Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the influential leader of Shiite Muslims in Iraq, spent 45 minutes speaking privately.

  • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

Marian summit part of rosary novena

A spirit of veneration for Mary is at work during the 2021 Lenten and Easter seasons as the Marian Devotional Movement (MDM) launched a Canada54 National Rosary Novena and Marian Summit on Ash Wednesday.

  • By Quinton Amundson, The Catholic Register

Honour martyrs by remaining faithful, working for a better Iraq, Pope Francis says on visit

BAGHDAD -- Visiting a Baghdad cathedral "hallowed by the blood of our brothers and sisters" murdered in a terrorist attack that shook the world, Pope Francis said their sacrifice must motivate faith and a commitment to working for the common good.

  • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

Pope Francis arrives in Iraq, promoting peace, tolerance, equality

BAGHDAD -- To consolidate peace and ensure progress, the government and people of Iraq must never treat anyone as a second-class citizen and must work each day to promote harmony, Pope Francis said.

  • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

Benedict XVI discusses his resignation, Francis' trip to Iraq in interview

VATICAN CITY -- Although it took obvious effort to pronounce each word and sometimes his secretary repeated what he said to make it clear, retired Pope Benedict XVI spoke to an Italian newspaper about his retirement and about Pope Francis' planned trip to Iraq.

  • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

Women of Faith conference balances the spiritual and feminine

Dorothy Pilarski is only half joking when she urges the women in her mother’s group to use their kitchen counters as a pulpit.

  • By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

Vatican official insists religious services are 'essential services'

VATICAN CITY -- For believers, the ability to practice their faith and receive spiritual guidance are "the highest of essential services," and pandemic practices over the past year have shown they are not automatically super-spreader events, the Vatican foreign minister said.

  • By Catholic News Service

Cardinals Sarah, Comastri retire from Vatican posts

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis accepted the resignations of 75-year-old Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, and 77-year-old Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica and vicar for Vatican City State.

Pope Francis marks 90th anniversary of Divine Mercy apparition

VATICAN CITY -- Marking the 90th anniversary of the apparition of Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope Francis wrote a letter to Catholics in Poland expressing his hope that Christ's message of divine mercy would remain "alive in the hearts of the faithful."