Serving others will change the world, Pope Francis says to youth

VATICAN CITY – In a video message to young men and women around the world, Pope Francis called on them to provoke an uprising of change by serving others.

People must recognize their weaknesses, beg God for mercy, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – God handed down his commandments not for people to hypocritically follow the letter of the law with a proud and righteous heart, but for people to recognize the truth of their weaknesses and acknowledge their need for help, healing and salvation, Pope Francis said.

Helping the poor is duty, not a fad, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – As the rich get richer, the increasing misery and cries of the poor are ignored every day, Pope Francis said.

God's Word on Sunday: Treat every day as a day of judgment

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Nov. 18 (Year B) Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

Lies obstruct relationships, love, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – Lying or being inauthentic is seriously wrong because it hinders or harms human relationships, Pope Francis said.

Archbishop Scicluna named adjunct secretary of CDF

VATICAN – Pope Francis named Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, arguably the Catholic Church's most respected abuse investigator, to be adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Communion must extend beyond church walls, transform societies, Pope says

VATICAN – Even in societies increasingly marked by divisions and prejudice, Catholics gather every Sunday "in the Lord's name and acknowledge that they are brothers and sisters," Pope Francis said.

New Vatican body to take over Catholic charismatic activities

VATICAN – The two international bodies that had been supporting and coordinating the international activities of charismatic Catholics will become one new organization.

Sainthood is a choice, 'either holiness or nothing', Pope Francis says

VATICAN – Saints are not just the well-known men, women and young people on the liturgical calendar, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.

'Every Christian vocation is spousal', just like marriage, Pope says

VATICAN – The Sixth Commandment's mandate against adultery is a call to fidelity that applies not only to married couples, but to all Christians called to love others through their vocation, Pope Francis said.

Mary Marrocco: Living and loving in the face of death

“I have been half in love with easeful Death.” So wrote poet John Keats two centuries ago. For him it was sorrowful, yet his succinct sentence could well describe our current perspective in this country.