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. 

God's word on Sunday: God reveals path out of darkness

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 28 (Year B) Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52


Young people must know history, learn from the past, Pope says

VATICAN – Pope Francis said young men and women today need to learn from their elders what led to the great wars of the 20th century so "they won't fall for the same mistake."

Just a few meetings is 'fake', not enough for marriage preparation, Pope says

VATICAN – Every heart longs for unconditional love and fidelity, Pope Francis said.

Cardinal Burke urges Catholic youth to not compromise with the world

ROME – Cardinal Raymond Burke urged Catholic young people attending a conference to hold fast to the teachings of Jesus Christ and to resist temptations by a “profoundly secularized culture” to change the Church into “one more Protestant denomination.” 

Doubt helps us discern God's will, Pope tells seminarians

VATICAN – Having some doubts is definitely better than having no doubts at all, Pope Francis told a group of seminarians.