Pope Francis prepares to bring his message to southern Africa

VATICAN CITY -- Rejecting violence, promoting interreligious harmony, caring for the environment and stamping out government corruption are expected to be high on the agenda Sept. 4-10 when Pope Francis visits Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius.

Mary Marrocco: We must give our faith a chance to grow

Religion, an essay in a major news service declaimed recently, is a sociological phenomenon that exists as a psychological need-fulfillment. It is a never-ending series of (similar) movements that are born and die when their usefulness to social groups has passed. 

God's Word on Sunday: Intellect without the Spirit doomed to fail

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 8 (Year C) Wisdom 9:13-18; Psalm 90; Philemon 9b-10, 12-17; Luke 14:25-33

Humans are usually quite proud of their intelligence and intellectual achievements. 

Tensions amid new appointment in Syro-Malabar archdiocese

VATICAN CITY -- In a step designed to quell ongoing controversies, the Vatican announced the appointment of a vicar for the head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, and Pope Francis conferred on him the personal title of archbishop.

Why should Catholics care about the Hong Kong protests?

HONG KONG, China (CNA) -- The people of Hong Kong are no strangers to political protest.

Benedict XVI responds to criticism of his essay on abuse in the Church

FREIBURG, Germany -- Responding to criticism of notes he published about the roots of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, retired Pope Benedict XVI said the fact that the critiques barely mentioned God proved his point.

Pope Francis encourages initiative for interreligious dialogue

VATICAN CITY -- At a time when conflict and division dominate the world's headlines, people need to know there are a growing number of important initiatives to promote interreligious dialogue and understanding, Pope Francis said.

Vatican pharmacy employs robot

VATICAN CITY -- The 145-year-old Vatican pharmacy has a new hire: a state-of-the-art robot working behind the scenes to manage the stockroom, retrieve medications and deliver the drugs quickly to the sales floor.

Pope Francis joins bishops urging action to save burning Amazon rainforest

VATICAN CITY -- Describing the Amazon rainforest as "vital for our planet," Pope Francis joined the regions bishops in praying for action to extinguish the massive fires burning there.

God's Word on Sunday: Scripture holds many lessons in humility

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 1 (Year C) Sirach 3:17-20, 28-29; Psalm 68; Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a

The greatest adversary we will ever face is our own ego. 

Catholics … through Evangelical eyes

OTTAWA -- Evangelicals may disagree with many aspects of Roman Catholic theology, but many find a history and tradition which dates back to the Apostles very appealing, said a document published at the end of June by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.