Pope Francis encourages priests to be faithful despite abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis acknowledged the shame and frustration felt by priests who are discouraged by the actions of fellow clergy members who betrayed the trust of their flock through sexual abuse and abuse of conscience and power.

Pope Francis joins prayers for victims of bloody weekend in U.S.

WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis joined Catholic Church leaders expressing sorrow after back-to-back mass shootings in the United States left at least 31 dead and dozens injured in Texas and Ohio Aug. 3 and 4.

God's Word on Sunday: Absolute trust is our guiding light

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Aug. 11 (Year C) Wisdom 18:6-9; Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19; Luke 12:32-48

What did the Israelites know and when did they know it? 

JPII Institute VP says school's identity is 'seriously threatened'

VATICAN CITY (CNA) - The vice-president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome said that changes to the school’s governing structure and academic program are a serious threat to its identity, and to the important pastoral ministry it supports.

Vatican City to set up abuse reporting system by end of year

VATICAN CITY -- Vatican City State will have its own reporting system in place before the end of the year for flagging suspected cases of the abuse of minors and vulnerable people and instances of cover-up or negligence in handling such cases, the Vatican said.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to nun recovering from surgery

VATICAN CITY -- An elderly religious sister who worked for many years at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the papal residence, was at her congregation's house recovering from surgery when she received an unexpected visit from Pope Francis.

Pope Francis: Prostitution is 'disgusting vice'

VATICAN CITY -- Prostitution is a horrendous crime that reduces vulnerable women to tortured slaves who are at the mercy of their clients, Pope Francis said.

Cause for beatification of British missionary in Zimbabwe opens Sept. 5

MANCHESTER, England -- The Vatican has allowed the bishops of Zimbabwe to open the sainthood cause of a British missionary murdered after he refused to abandon his ministry to people with Hansen's disease during the country's civil war.

Missing woman's remains not found among bones

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican press office said that the results of a morphological analysis of bones and bone fragments found at an ossuary in a Vatican cemetery concluded that none belonged to Emanuela Orlandi, a young Italian woman who has been missing for more than 30 years.

God's Word on Sunday: Enjoy the gift of life God has given us

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Aug. 4 (Year C) Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23; Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11; Luke 12:13-21

The author of Ecclesiastes will never win a prize for being the most joyful or hopeful individual in the Bible. 

Mary Marrocco: Boldly go inward before stepping outward

Sitting on a patio having coffee, Fr. George was watching people rush along in the shadow of the big bank towers. He was silent, contemplating them.