Pope Francis praises work of popular movements for social change

VATICAN CITY -- Popular movements can spark the change needed to ensure a future that is no longer in the hands of elites and powerful people, but includes the poor who have the inalienable right to a life of dignity, Pope Francis said.

Church must be prudent judging Medjugorje apparitions, Vatican official says

KNOCK, Ireland -- Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, is a place of prayer, conversion and pilgrimage for millions of people, but the church must be prudent and not rush to any judgment on the alleged Marian apparitions there, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

God's Word on Sunday: There are no shortcuts on path to God

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 25 (Year C) Isaiah 66:18-21; Psalm 117; Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13; Luke 13:22-30

What part about “all nations and tongues” do we not understand? 

Pope Francis approves new statutes for Vatican bank

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis approved new statutes for the Institute for the Works of Religion, often referred to as the Vatican bank, that include structural changes and a mandatory external audit.

Pope Francis: Ordination of married men 'absolutely not' main theme of Amazon synod

VATICAN CITY (CNA) -- The ordination to the priesthood of mature, married men, sometimes called viri probati, is among the topics to be addressed at October’s Amazon synod but is “absolutely not” one of the principle themes of the meeting, Pope Francis said.

God's Word on Sunday: Jesus blazed a trail for all to follow

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 18 (Year C) Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Psalm 40; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53

The lowest point in the long and unhappy prophetic ministry of Jeremiah was the day that he was thrown into a cistern and left to die. 

Sister traded hoops for a life of prayer

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The last time Poor Clare Sister Rose Marie of the Queen of Angels hugged her mom or other family members was in 1994 when she made her solemn profession of vows to her religious order.

Pew survey shows majority of Catholics don't believe in 'Real Presence'

WASHINGTON -- A new study about the level of Catholic belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist showed that a majority of Catholics do not believe that the bread and wine used at Mass become the body and blood of Christ.

Japan's bishops renew hope for nuclear-free world

VATICAN CITY -- With the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, the bishops of Japan are renewing calls and prayers to build peace by abolishing nuclear weapons worldwide and promoting integral human development.

Questions, controversy surround JP II Institute changes

VATICAN CITY -- A normally quiet month was surprisingly struck by a brief, but intense summer squall at the end of July.

Boys Town founder steps toward sainthood

OMAHA, Neb. -- The sainthood cause of Fr. Edward J. Flanagan — the founder of Boys Town — took a step forward July 22 with the presentation of the “positio” to the Vatican Congregation for Saints’ Causes, along with a letter of support from Omaha Archbishop George J. Lucas.