Pray for the dead, gain indulgences for them, cardinal urges Catholics

VATICAN CITY -- The early November feasts of All Saints and All Souls are reminders that God's church exists both on earth and in heaven and that all the faithful, living and dead, can and should pray for each other, a top Vatican official wrote.

Death comes to those who forget it, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Death is not a topic that should be avoided but a reminder that cures men and women from any illusion of being all-powerful, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis to military chaplains: Human dignity must be respected in war

VATICAN CITY -- Military chaplains are called to educate the consciences of members of the armed forces so that even in war, the opposing side is not viewed merely as "an enemy to be destroyed," Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis adds feast of Our Lady of Loreto to universal calendar

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has approved adding the Dec. 10 feast of Our Lady of Loreto to all calendars and liturgical books for the celebration of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.

Pope Francis calls for dialogue in wake of protests in Iraq

VATICAN CITY -- In the wake of deadly protests in Iraq, Pope Francis called on the people and their leaders to take the path of dialogue to find answers to their nation's problems.

Cardinal Becciu denies allegations of financial mismanagement

VATICAN CITY -- Nearly a month after private documents about a property deal involving the Vatican leaked to the press, a Vatican official rejected accusations that he "played and tampered with the money of the poor."

Pope Francis renames the Vatican 'Secret' Archives

VATICAN CITY -- Citing the negative misinterpretations that the word "secret" implies, Pope Francis has changed the name of the Vatican Secret Archives to the Vatican Apostolic Archives.

Synod calls for more ministry roles for women, but not diaconate

VATICAN CITY -- Members of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon asked that women be given leadership roles in the Catholic Church, although they stopped short of calling for women deacons.

Amazon synod supports married priests for Amazon

VATICAN CITY -- While highlighting the gift of celibacy and the need for celibate priests in the Amazon region, the final document of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon has urged Pope Francis to allow the priestly ordination of married deacons to serve in remote areas.

God's Word on Sunday: Wisdom puts creation in proper context

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Nov. 3 (Year C) Wisdom 11:22-12:2; Psalm 145; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2; Luke 19:1-10

Not all theologies are helpful to us or give God proper honour. 

Pope Francis says synod statues were recovered undamaged

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis apologized that two men entered a church near the Vatican, took controversial statues and tossed them into the Tiber River.