Salvation of souls the primary purpose of pastoral care, Doctrine of Faith prefect says

VATICAN – Promoting and defending Catholic teaching is itself a pastoral practice, said Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J., the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Pope Francis' theology contradicts "foolish prejudice" against him, Pope Emeritus says

VATICAN – On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' election, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended the continuity of the church's teaching under his successor and dismissed those who criticize the Pope's theological foundations.

Confessors should seek to bring penitents closer to Jesus, Pope says

By truly listening to the penitent during confession, "we listen to Jesus himself, poor and humble; by listening to the Holy Spirit, we put ourselves in attentive obedience, becoming listeners of the Word" in order to know what God wants to be done, he said.

Mary Marrocco: Lent is an opportunity to go beyond the noise

What’s the best way to wake a sleeper? Throw cold water? Tickle the feet or play loud music?

Pope asks that young people write meditations for Way of the Cross

VATICAN – In light of this year's Synod of Bishops on young people, Pope Francis has asked that the Way of the Cross meditations be written by a group of students.

Miracles approved: Pope Paul VI, Romero to be declared saints

VATICAN – Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero.

Don't hold grudges; forgiveness comes from forgiving others, Pope says

VATICAN – Christians must let go of resentments and forgive those who have wronged them so that they may experience God's forgiveness, Pope Francis.

Pope adds feast of Mary, Mother of the Church to universal calendar

VATICAN – Pope Francis has decreed that Latin-rite Catholics around the world will mark the feast of "the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church" on the Monday after Pentecost each year.

Vatican court charges former IOR president with embezzlement

VATICAN – A former president of the Institute of Religious Works, the so-called “Vatican Bank,” and his lawyer, have been ordered to stand trial at the Vatican on charges of embezzlement and money laundering.

The soul is God's temple, not your own, Pope warns

VATICAN – Like Jesus cast out the merchants from the temple in Jerusalem, we should drive the desire for personal gain and advantage from our hearts, replacing it with love, Pope Francis said Sunday.

Returning to the confessional takes 'a bit of courage'

EDMONTON – Of all the sacraments, confession often appears to be the most intimidating, and most people tend to avoid it — sometimes for years, says Fr. Roger Niedzielski.