Fight the culture of waste by caring for the sick, marginalized, Pope says on World Day of the Sick

VATICAN – Generously caring for the sick and the marginalized is the best way to combat a culture of waste and indifference that seeks to control and manipulate life, Pope Francis said.

Protestant discovers the peace of Eucharistic adoration

WINNIPEG – In 2008, members of Holy Cross Parish in the Archdiocese of St. Boniface had an idea for something new: 24/7 perpetual Eucharistic adoration.

God's Word on Sunday: Epiphany lights the way toward salvation

Epiphany of the Lord, Jan. 6 (Year C) Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12


Hysterectomy can be morally acceptable in limited situations, Vatican says

VATICAN – The Catholic Church teaches that sterilization is morally unacceptable, but a hysterectomy could be morally acceptable if the uterus could not sustain a pregnancy, said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

God's Word on Sunday: Being a child of God is a journey of faith

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Dec. 30 (Year C) 1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28; Psalm 84; 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24; Luke 2:41-52


Urbi et Orbi: Incarnation of Christ tells us that salvation comes through love, acceptance, Pope says

VATICAN – Delivering his formal Christmas message and blessing, Pope Francis prayed for a world where all people would recognize that they are brothers and sisters and would work for justice and for peace.

God's Word on Sunday: God only asks for our obedience and trust

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 23 (Year C) Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm 80; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

Jesus is the greatest Christmas gift, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – This Christmas will people go to adore and be amazed by Jesus, or will they let themselves be detoured by distractions? Pope Francis asked.

Simbang Gabi adds Filipino flare to feast

In December 2011 Fr. John Sullivan discovered what Christmas means in the Philippines.

Christmas is not just a cozy holiday but a chance to turn tables, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – Christmas will not be authentic if people get caught up in a frenzy of shopping, presents and meals, all while ignoring the poor and forgetting who the celebration is really all about, Pope Francis said.

Live Christmas as revelation of Light, Bishop Gendron says

The following is the Christmas message released by Bishop Lionel Gendron, Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.