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Pope says women’s love makes them privileged witnesses of Christ

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Women have a privileged role in the church because of their ability to pass on the faith through love, Pope Francis said.

Safeguarding creation expected to be major theme at WYD in Rio

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When hundreds of thousands of young Catholics gather with Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro in the summer, reflections on safeguarding the environment will be part of the program.

On World Autism Day, remember love and affection, archbishop says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While the medical world makes technological advancements, it must not forget the power of love and affection in helping those with autism and their families, said Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski. “Faced with the problems and difficulties that these children and their parents encounter, the church proposes, with humility, an approach of service […]

Pope Francis tours excavated area near St. Peter’s tomb

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis became the first pope to tour the excavated necropolis where St. Peter is buried, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. With explanations from the two directors of the necropolis, the pope walked down the central path between the mostly second-century burial chambers April 1, then went up a slight incline toward the tomb of Peter, which is directly under the main altar of St. Peter's Basilica.

Choice of Vatican secretary of state seen as key to curia reform

As Pope Francis moves beyond words and gestures to the stage of substantive actions, no decision he makes will be of greater consequence for reform of the church's bureaucracy than his choice of a secretary of state, the Vatican's highest official, who oversees both the internal affairs of the Holy See and its relations with 180 other states.

British Catholic legislators ask pope to relax priestly celibacy rule

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Twenty-one Catholic members of Parliament have written to Pope Francis to ask him to relax the rule on priestly celibacy for Latin-rite priests. The members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords said in a March 25 letter to the pope that the rule should be changed to […]

Pope urges Catholics to let grace transform, work through them

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholics must allow the grace of their baptism and of the Eucharist to transform their lives and make them instruments of God's grace in the world, Pope Francis said.

At Easter pope calls Christians to be channels of mercy, justice, peace

"Let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish," the pope said after celebrating Easter morning Mass March 31.

In efforts to sell church, Berlin Archdiocese uses eBay

OXFORD, England (CNS) — The Berlin Archdiocese is continuing to try to sell unused churches and even listed a church on eBay. “Virtually every diocese in Germany has sold churches over the past decade, so this is nothing special,” said Stefan Forner, spokesman for the Berlin Archdiocese. “The parish in question was helped by professionals, […]

Pope leads Good Friday liturgy, begins rite in silent prayer, adoration

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Lying prostrate on the floor before the main altar of St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion. The pope presided at the service March 29 to commemorate Christ's death on the cross.