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Faith is bolstered by prayer, not money, power, media, pope says

crucifix with pope in background

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Without prayer, everything crumbles and any initiatives for church reform will just be proposals by some group and not the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said.

Pandemic parenting requires families to adapt to new narratives

family at beach

Is it just me or does every mother feel as if we are just winging it? 

One Bread, One Body, April 18

April 18, Third Sunday of Easter 
Cycle B Readings:
1) Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 

 1 John 2:1-5 
2) Psalms 4:2, 4, 7-9
Luke 24:35-48

In the footsteps of St. Faustina

Christina Hoang with Divine Mercy image

What started as one local Catholic woman’s personal encounter with Jesus Christ has grown to become a spiritually enriching devotion involving about 200 faithful among the Vietnamese Catholic community at four parishes in the Diocese of Fort Worth.

Should we take whatever vaccine is offered?

man looks at vial of vaccine

On March 1, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker told residents in the town of Mattapan that when it comes to the various COVID-19 vaccines, “These are all very effective."

Priests' dogs are more than just parish mascot: They're 'good for the soul'

Fr. Jim Hreha and Jack

WILMINGTON, Del. (CNS) — People get pets for all kinds of reasons, and those apply to priests as much as anyone.

Loving the church, student with Down syndrome becomes Catholic at Easter

Jessica Rutherford

CHANTILLY, Va. (CNS) — The chapel is the centerpiece of the new St. Paul VI Catholic High School campus 32 miles from the nation's capital.

Saints accompany, intercede for Christians in prayer, pope says

Pope Francis

THE VATICAN — Christians are never alone in prayer but instead are accompanied by myriad saints who protect them and seek God's intercession, Pope Francis said.

One Bread, One Body, April 11

April 11, Divine Mercy Sunday 
Cycle B Readings:
1) Acts 4:32-35 

 1 John 5:1-6 
2) Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
John 20:19-31

Christ's victory over death proclaims a second chance for all, pope says

Pope with Gospels

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Easter liturgies — with the fire, sharing of light from the paschal candle, the renewal of baptismal promises and the proclamation that Jesus has risen — assure people that it is never too late to start again, Pope Francis said.

Take 5 with Father: Time for God and others

Father VJ

Meet Father Vijaya Raju Mareedu, SAC, who said, “Whenever people come for confession, I give the presence of Christ, with great attention, with great love, which springs from the Word of God.”

The triumph of the cross: The hope of Holy Week

The Small crucifixion

In his passion, Jesus’ sufferings were unequaled.

Catholic teen is godparent to family members; they'll join church at Easter

Marco Pantoja with his sisters

ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) — Marco Pantoja III has a room much like any other 18-year-old: a navy blue New England Patriots flag for his favorite NFL team, handfuls of awards from his years playing soccer, and a tiny green sign for Siena College in Loudonville, New York, where he will attend in the fall.

Unborn baby with Potter's syndrome surrounded with love, prayers, music

Elise Hood and Royce Hood. Royce plays guitar for unborn child. 

Even though he hasn't been born yet, Fulton Joseph Hood of Dunlap, Illinois, has showered blessings on his parents, Royce and Elise, and five older siblings.

One Bread, One Body, April 4

April 4, Easter Sunday 
Cycle B Readings:
1) Romans 6:3-11 (Vigil Readings) Mark 16:1-8

 Acts 10:34, 37-43 
2) Psalms 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8
John 20:1-9

Author teaches children depth of God’s mercy through tale of the ‘Good Thief’

There’s a scene in the 1961 biopic The Hoodlum Priest where a woman notices a “very unusual crucifix,” observing in the face “strength and hope,” yet also “a certain fear, pleading, and even anger.”

Holding out until the end

desert path

Imprisoned and in chains, St. Paul writes to his young companion Timothy, "I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith" (2 Tm 4:7).

Vatican statistics show continued growth in number of Catholics worldwide

a deacon offers a chalice

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The number of Catholics and permanent deacons in the world has shown steady growth, while the number of religious men and women continued to decrease, according to Vatican statistics.

Holy Land Franciscans concerned about Good Friday collection

Franciscan friars pra y in Bethlehem

JERUSALEM (CNS) — During this year of COVID-19 lockdowns and lack of international pilgrimages, the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land has had to adjust its funding priorities and trim its budgeting, and difficult though that has been, Father Ramzi Sidawi fears the worst is still to come.

Priests of the Holy Land reflect on second Easter of pandemic

Franciscan friar Augustin Pelayo

The first cases of COVID-19 in the Holy Land emerged in late February last year and were quickly followed by an outbreak of cases among a group of pilgrims in Bethlehem in early March.

Papal charity to run Holy Week vaccination clinic for the poor

homeless man treated by red cross worker

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Office of Papal Charities has purchased enough doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to offer inoculations in Rome to 1,200 of "the poorest and most marginalized people who, because of their situation, are the most exposed" to the coronavirus.

The funeral liturgy: a celebration of salvation and mercy, not a commemoration

coffin in a hearse

When a person dies, a void is left in the lives of their families and friends. 

Pope names Chilean survivor to Commission for the Protection of Minors

Juan Carlos Cruz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis has named Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of sexual abuse by a notorious Chilean priest, to be a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Solemnity of the Annunciation

The Annunciation by El Greco

The Solemnity of the Annunciation celebrates the coming of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to announce to her the special mission God had chosen for her in being the mother of His only son.

Mary comforts all those who die alone, pope says at audience

stained glass window of Mary

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Mary, the mother of God, has been present during the COVID-19 pandemic, and she was by the side of all those who died alone, Pope Francis said.