Simple friendship, discipleship are key to missionary work, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – Proclaiming the Gospel is not the same thing as proselytism and often means simply being a neighbor and friend to someone while living an authentically Christian life, Pope Francis said.

Vatican commemorates 90th anniversary of peace pact between Italy, Holy See

VATICAN – The historic signing of the Lateran Pacts between the Holy See and Italy 90 years ago is an important example of cooperation and peace that is needed in today's world, a Vatican official said.

Jesuit Father Arrupe's sainthood cause officially opens

ROME – The sainthood cause of Jesuit Father Pedro Arrupe was formally opened in Rome at the Basilica of St. John Lateran Feb. 5, the 28th anniversary of Father Arrupe's death.

Pope Francis praises respect for diversity in United Arab Emirates

VATICAN – "Al Salamu Alaikum," Arabic for "peace be with you," Pope Francis said at the beginning of a video message to the people of the United Arab Emirates, which he will visit Feb. 3-5.

Marriage, priesthood requires fidelity and unity, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – Unity and fidelity are indispensable cornerstones of Christian marriage, Pope Francis said.

God's Word on Sunday: A new beginning starts with God’s gift

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 27 (Year C) Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Pope closes Ecclesia Dei, transfers pastoral care of traditionalist Catholics to CDF

VATICAN – Pope Francis has closed the pontifical commission that had been responsible for the pastoral care of Catholics attached to the pre-Vatican II Mass, transferring the commission's tasks to a special section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

God's Word on Sunday: A new song reveals God’s healing nature

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 20 (Year C) Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-12

It's a 'grave sin' to despise God's gifts to fellow Christians, Pope Francis says

ROME – Just as divisions in society grow when wealth is not shared, divisions within Christianity grow when the richness of gifts God has given to one Christian church or community are not recognized and shared, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis pushes sainthood causes for 17 women

VATICAN – Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of three women and recognized the martyrdom of 14 religious sisters who were killed during the Spanish Civil War.

Questioning Faith: Pay attention to the yearning of the heart

Stopping for lunch en route to a big city, my companion remarked:  “My grandmother grew up in this town. In those days, it was beautiful, a thriving and energetic community.”