Causes for sainthood advanced for U.S. priest and Spanish martyrs

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of Father Augustus Tolton, who was the first African American diocesan priest in the United States and founder of the first black Catholic parish in Chicago.

Bishops may revise U.S. catechism to update capital punishment stance

BALTIMORE -- During their June 11-13 meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops are looking at what the U.S. church teaches its adult members about the death penalty and they will vote about adding a revised passage to the U.S. Catechism for Adults about this.

Bishops consider update of texts of rites for clergy ordinations

BALTIMORE -- The U.S. bishops are set to consider an updating of texts last changed in 2003 for the ordination of clergy.

Catholic education key to fighting indifference, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Individualism and consumerism undermine the most basic rules of coexistence and challenge the principles of cooperation and mutual understanding promoted by Catholic education, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis: Airport chaplains have special ministry

VATICAN CITY -- From pilots and passengers to refugees and fast-food workers, the people airport chaplains meet each day all deserve a kind word and an invitation to a relationship with God, Pope Francis said.

Nuncios from around the world to meet with pope

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has called Vatican nuncios to countries around the world and permanent observers at the U.N. and other agencies to a meeting in Rome June 12-15.

Pope Francis' message for World Mission Day: All Catholics must be missionaries

VATICAN CITY -- By virtue of their baptism, all Catholics are called to be missionaries, sharing the good news of salvation in Jesus by their actions and their words, Pope Francis said.

Gender ideology is opposed to faith, reason, Vatican office says

VATICAN CITY -- Catholic schools must help parents teach young people that biological sex and gender are naturally fixed at birth and part of God's plan for creation, said the Congregation for Catholic Education.

Pope Francis announces plans to visit Iraq in 2020

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Announcing his desire to visit Iraq in 2020, Pope Francis called for a peaceful resolution to crises in the Middle East.

Pope Francis names delegate for pastoral care of Lourdes pilgrims

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has named a special delegate for the pastoral care of pilgrims to the French shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Vatican News to launch news program, podcast in Latin

VATICAN CITY -- A weekly news program about the pope and the Vatican will now be offered in Latin, the official language of the Holy See.