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Pope: Crucifix is a sign of God’s love, not just a piece of jewelry

VATICAN CITY—The revelation of God’s love toward humanity is made known through contemplating the crucifix and not just using it as work of art or as a fashion accessory, Pope Francis said. Through the image of Christ crucified, the mystery of Jesus’ death “as a supreme act of love, source of life and salvation for […]

Patrick: the saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Many know that St. Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave — but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery. “The pathos of St. Patrick’s description of the fate of his victims is something I think we can identify with now,” said Jennifer Paxton, […]

Cathedral abuzz as renovation begins with hive removal; bees get new home

JACKSON, Miss.—Renovations at the rectory for the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle caused quite the buzz in downtown Jackson during the second week of March. The restoration crew had to call in a beekeeper to remove a 5-foot-tall hive from one of the columns on the rectory porch. The operation drew news crews and […]

It takes more than one ‘Our Father’ to ask for God’s help

VATICAN CITY—Praying for God’s intercession takes courage, dogged persistence and patience, said Pope Francis. If I want the Lord to listen to what I am asking him, I have to go, and go and go — knock on the door and knock on God’s heart,” the pope said in his homily March 15 at morning Mass […]

Retired pope says criticism against Pope Francis is ‘foolish prejudice’

VATICAN CITY—On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended the continuity of the church’s teaching under his successor and dismissed those who criticize the pope’s theological foundations. In a letter sent to Msgr. Dario Vigano, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for Communication, Pope Benedict applauded the publication […]

Famed German director makes film about Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY—After two years working on a documentary about Pope Francis, the noted German filmmaker Wim Wenders said he is most struck by the pope’s courage. “Meeting him eye to eye, and then also seeing and hearing him every day in the editing room, not only in our own interviews, but also his many talks […]

Church leaders praise Hawking for contribution to science, dialogue

VATICAN CITY—Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who said he did not believe in God, was still an esteemed member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and fostered a fruitful dialogue between science and faith. The academy, which Pope Pius IX established in 1847, tweeted, “We are deeply saddened about the passing of our remarkable Academician Stephen […]

Five years a pope: Francis’ focus has been on outreach

VATICAN CITY—Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope just a few days after telling the College of Cardinals that the Catholic Church faced a clear choice between being a church that “goes out” or a church focused on its internal affairs. After the cardinal from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected March 13, 2013, and chose […]

Students share their concerns on school safety, gun violence

CAMDEN, N.J.—At an unprecedented meeting with student leaders from all nine South Jersey Catholic high schools, Camden Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan asked, “How can I guide you, and how can you guide each other? Be honest. … there is no agenda here.” In the shadow of the recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in […]

Pope: Even when people reject God, His love is never lacking

VATICAN CITY—God’s love is never lacking, despite people’s sins and rejection of his presence in their lives, Pope Francis said at a Lenten penance service. “Sin is the way that we distance ourselves from him. Yet that does not mean that God distances himself from us. The state of weakness and confusion that results from […]

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