Vatican extends traditional All Souls' Day indulgences

VATICAN CITY -- With the COVID-19 pandemic still underway and with restrictions on gatherings still in place in some countries, the Vatican has again extended the period of time when people can earn a plenary indulgence for visiting a cemetery and praying for the souls of the faithful in purgatory.

Vatican conference convenes experts to study early Christian history

VATICAN CITY -- A Vatican conference will gather both Christian and non-Christian historians and experts to delve deep into the history of the church in the first centuries of Christianity.

Fr. Yaw Acheampong: Mary Magdalene -- Steward of the good news

If someone were to ask you who Mary Magdalene was, what would you tell the person?

God's Word on Sunday: All or nothing in our commitment to God

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 31 (Year B) Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Psalm 18; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 12:28-34

The majority of the most beautiful and profound teachings in our world are brief, concise, and simple — but seldom easy.

Canadian Salesians celebrate first vocation in 25 years

VANCOUVER -- Sr. Hae-Jin Lim is quick to say her vocation story is about God’s faithfulness, not her own.

Martyrs of Spanish civil war beatified

CÓRDOBA, Spain -- More than 100 victims of Spain’s 1936-1939 civil war moved a step closer to sainthood after being beatified as martyrs for the faith. They included two teenage boys as well as an 88-year-old nun who died of bullet wounds after being tied to a window as a human shield.

God's Word on Sunday: God will give us strength to persevere

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 24 (Year B) Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52

Without hope people and nations wither and die. With a hope-filled vision, all things are possible.

Prominent Anglican bishop received into Catholic Church

MANCHESTER, England -- A prominent Anglican bishop has joined the Catholic Church and will be ordained as a priest at the end of October.

Pope Francis appoints new master of papal liturgical ceremonies

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis named Msgr. Diego Giovanni Ravelli, who has served as an official of the papal almoner's office since 2013, as the new master of papal liturgical ceremonies, the Vatican said.

God's Word on Sunday: Suffering Servant sets example for us all

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 17 (Year B) Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalm 33; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45

“It was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.” These words should leave us a bit — maybe even a lot — uneasy and puzzled.

Pope Francis will not attend climate summit in Glasgow

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will not be going to the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, as he had hoped.