Synergy, cooperation at heart of Vatican media reform

VATICAN CITY -- With the recent appointments of Matteo Bruni as the new director of the Holy See Press Office and Cristiane Murray as vice director, the Vatican is taking another step forward in its continuing efforts to reform its communication structures.

Pope Francis appoints Brazilian as vice director for Vatican press office

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis appointed Cristiane Murray, a Brazilian journalist with Vatican Radio-Vatican News, to serve as vice director of the Vatican press office.

Pope Francis calls for 'apostolate of prevention' to protect minors

VATICAN CITY -- Prevention is key in protecting minors from abuse, Pope Francis said.

Forensic experts to study 'thousands of bones' found in Vatican ossuaries

VATICAN CITY -- During a search for the remains of a young Italian woman missing for more than 30 years, workers discovered an enormous number of bones inside two ossuaries in a building next to a Vatican cemetery.

Pope Francis writes Assad: urges him to protect civilians, seek peace

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to put an end to his country's eight-year-long conflict and seek reconciliation for the good of the nation and its vulnerable people.

Pope Francis issues sanctions against former West Virginia bishop

WASHINGTON -- The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced July 19 sanctions from the Vatican -- including taking away the faculties of celebrating Mass -- against a former West Virginia bishop who stepped down last year under a cloud of allegations of sexual and financial misconduct.

God's Word on Sunday: Prayer our most powerful spiritual tool

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 28 (Year C) Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:12-14; Luke 11:1-13

Does leading an upright and prayerful life make any difference in the world? Can we influence the world around us by our lives? 

Astronauts found God in space

I didn't realize there was a moon-landing Bible verse until my pastor mentioned it a few weeks ago.

Moon landing inspired a country and a career in aerospace engineering

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Retired Maj. Gen. Mike Wiedemer was an aerospace engineering and ROTC student at the University of Notre Dame in July 1969 when Apollo 11 launched and Neil Armstrong took a "giant leap for mankind" by becoming the first man to walk on the moon.

Synod emphasizes church's mission to defend the vulnerable, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY -- The objective of the upcoming Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is to highlight the need for religious, political and social leaders to come together and defend the dignity of indigenous men, women and children and an ecosystem that is crucial to the environment, said Peruvian Cardinal Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo.

Pope Francis appoints new Vatican press office director

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis appointed Matteo Bruni to serve as director of the Vatican press office, replacing Alessandro Gisotti, who had been serving as interim director since Dec. 31.