Honour martyrs by remaining faithful, working for a better Iraq, Pope Francis says on visit

BAGHDAD -- Visiting a Baghdad cathedral "hallowed by the blood of our brothers and sisters" murdered in a terrorist attack that shook the world, Pope Francis said their sacrifice must motivate faith and a commitment to working for the common good.

  • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

    Mary Marrocco: Christ, the truth, will set us free

    Who could forget the look on Ingrid Bergman’s face, playing Paula in the movie Gaslight, as she apprehends the possibility that she might be slowly going insane?

    • By Mary Marrocco

      Pope Francis arrives in Iraq, promoting peace, tolerance, equality

      BAGHDAD -- To consolidate peace and ensure progress, the government and people of Iraq must never treat anyone as a second-class citizen and must work each day to promote harmony, Pope Francis said.

      • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

        Benedict XVI discusses his resignation, Francis' trip to Iraq in interview

        VATICAN CITY -- Although it took obvious effort to pronounce each word and sometimes his secretary repeated what he said to make it clear, retired Pope Benedict XVI spoke to an Italian newspaper about his retirement and about Pope Francis' planned trip to Iraq.

        • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

          God's Word on Sunday: Commandments must be in hearts

          Third Sunday of Lent, March 7 (Year B) Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-25 John 2:13-25

          Are the Ten Commandments unique? Were people ignorant of their content before Moses ascended Mount Sinai to receive them from God? In fact, many of the provisions of the commandments have parallels in the law codes of the ancient near east. They represent the basic building blocks of a just and humane society.

          • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

            Women of Faith conference balances the spiritual and feminine

            Dorothy Pilarski is only half joking when she urges the women in her mother’s group to use their kitchen counters as a pulpit.

            • By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

              Vatican official insists religious services are 'essential services'

              VATICAN CITY -- For believers, the ability to practice their faith and receive spiritual guidance are "the highest of essential services," and pandemic practices over the past year have shown they are not automatically super-spreader events, the Vatican foreign minister said.

              • By Catholic News Service

                Cardinals Sarah, Comastri retire from Vatican posts

                VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis accepted the resignations of 75-year-old Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, and 77-year-old Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica and vicar for Vatican City State.

                  Pope Francis marks 90th anniversary of Divine Mercy apparition

                  VATICAN CITY -- Marking the 90th anniversary of the apparition of Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope Francis wrote a letter to Catholics in Poland expressing his hope that Christ's message of divine mercy would remain "alive in the hearts of the faithful."

                    God's Word on Sunday: Focus on voice of kindness and mercy

                    Second Sunday of Lent, Feb. 28 (Year B) Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18; Psalm 116; Romans 8:31b-35, 37; Mark 9:2-10

                    The story of the sacrifice of Isaac is one of the most puzzling, difficult and potentially dangerous passages in the Bible. It should make us all ask some important questions: Did God actually ask this of Abraham, and if so, what does that say about God?

                    • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

                      Push on to pray million rosaries for peace

                      A team of more than 20 young Catholic ambassadors is working feverishly to rouse believers of Christ young and old across the world to participate in a global mission to pray the Hail Mary one million times by Easter Sunday.

                      • By Quinton Amundson, The Catholic Register