Pope Francis gives a woman a vote in next synod of bishops

VATICAN CITY -- Xaviere Missionary Sister Nathalie Becquart will not be the first woman undersecretary of a major Vatican office, but she will be the first woman with a right to vote at a meeting of the Synod of Bishops.

  • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

    God's Word on Sunday: Compassion must be our guiding principle

    Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 14 (Year B) Leviticus 13:1-2, 45-46; Psalm 32; 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Mark 1:40-45

    Fear can be the most impenetrable barrier in the world, far surpassing any fortress or wall built by humans. Fear is strongest when people feel that their well-being and safety is being threatened.

    • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

      Mary Marrocco: The farther we go, the more we will find

      Remember the old fairy tales?  They are told, or re-told, by great story-tellers like the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and my favourite, Andrew Lang — who, back in the 19th century, gathered stories from around the world into the Red Fairy Book, Green Fairy Book and plenty of other colours. 

      • By Mary Marrocco

        Priest brings CWL a youthful perspective

        It is safe to assume Fr. Pilmaiken Lezano became theologically and philosophically knowledgeable about the concept of Divine Providence during his years of study at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Edmonton from 2012-2015.

        • By Quinton Amundson, The Catholic Register

          Pope Francis still plans to visit Iraq

          VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said that unless there is a serious new wave of COVID-19 infections in Iraq, he has every intention of visiting the country in early March.

          • By Catholic News Service

            Vatican Museums reopen to the public

            VATICAN CITY -- As coronavirus restrictions eased slightly in most parts of Italy Feb. 1, the Vatican Museums reopened to the public after a three-month closure.

              Catechists must share God's love, uphold church teaching, Pope Francis says

              VATICAN CITY -- Religious education must focus on leading people to a personal relationship with Christ and building a community of believers where the talents of each person are valued and where all go out to share the Gospel and serve the poor, Pope Francis said.

              • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

                God's Word on Sunday: Hope gives us the strength to endure

                Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 7 (Year B) Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Psalm 147; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39

                Our perception of time depends a lot on our experience. When we are successful, happy, fulfilled and loved, time is swift indeed. It seems as if the party is over all too soon and we are reluctant to move on. But what about our experience of time when life is a gruelling and painful burden?

                • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

                  Love is clearest sign of faith, Pope says in homily for Christian unity

                  ROME — Abiding in God's love means nurturing one's relationship with him and with all those whom God loves, Pope Francis wrote in his homily for the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

                  • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

                    God's Word on Sunday: Be attentive to God’s voice guiding us

                    Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 31 (Year B) Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 95; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28

                    What happens when a great prophetic figure passes from this Earth? Who takes their place and how do people once again hear the voice of God?

                    • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

                      Former Vatican bank president sentenced for embezzlement

                      VATICAN CITY -- A former president of the Vatican bank and his lawyer were found guilty of money laundering and embezzling millions of euros from property sales.