Holy Fathers: Is being pope a shortcut to sainthood?
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "They call me Holy Father and that is what I must be," the future St. John XXIII wrote in his diary.
In Holy Land, it’s ‘I am Christian’; denominations aren’t so important
JIFNA, West Bank (CNS) -- Suheir Saliba was running late as she prepared to go to the Easter Divine Liturgy with her husband, Aimad Kamal, and his family.
Pope sends Easter eggs to sick children, gifts to the homeless
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis donated 150 brightly wrapped chocolate Easter eggs to children at a pediatric hospital near the Vatican. He also had 200 food packages delivered to poor families, and gave homeless people a signed Easter card in an envelope with money.
Share Easter’s ‘unconditional, faithful love’ with others, pope says
In his Easter message to 150,000 people in Rome, Pope Francis prayed that the risen Lord would "help us to overcome the scourge of hunger, aggravated by conflicts and by the immense wastefulness for which we are often responsible."
At Easter, Mideast patriarchs call for peace, especially in Syria
BEIRUT (CNS) -- Catholic patriarchs in the Middle East, in their Easter messages, appealed for peace in Syria and expressed hope that the region would experience a resurrection.
Jesus wants everyone to serve others with love, pope says
During the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper at a rehabilitation facility near Rome, Pope Francis washed the feet of four women and eight men who are living with disabilities. They included a Muslim from Libya and a woman from Ethiopia.
Pope to priests: Look for the exit, go out into world, serve with love
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A priest is called to be in the midst of his flock, protecting his people, searching for those who are lost and always serving those in need, Pope Francis told the world's priests on Holy Thursday.
Ukrainian Catholic leader urges West to take action to stop Russia
In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian protesters are raising fears of Russian intervention, police asked residents to stay away from churches in troubled districts over Easter until the situation stabilized. Anti-Semitism was described as "rabid."
Pope advances causes of Franciscans, missionary, Redemptorist priest
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of four people, including a Franciscan priest and a lay Franciscan.
Malta Parliament passes same-sex marriage, adoption
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After a controversial vote in parliament April 14, Malta became the latest country to recognize same-sex unions as the legal equivalent of marriage, and to permit adoption by same-sex couples.