Msgr. Ratzinger, retired pope's brother, dies at 96

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, a musician and retired Pope Benedict XVI's elder brother, died July 1 at the age of 96.


Court's abortion ruling continues 'cruel precedent,' says bishop

pro life advocates at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a 5-4 decision June 29, the Supreme Court ruled that a Louisiana law requiring that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals could not stand.


God listens to everybody — sinner, saint, victim, killer, pope says

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Everyone lives a life that is often inconsistent or a "contradiction" because people can be both a sinner and a saint, a victim and a tormentor, Pope Francis said.