News Briefs

News Briefs

Pope Canonizes Junipero Serra, says Faith is Alive Only when shared

  By Cindy Wooden WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Canonizing the 18th-century Spanish missionary, Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis insisted a person's faith is alive only when it...

“Be Shepherds Concerned Only for God and Others”

By Cindy Wooden WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Acknowledging the real challenges and burdens the U.S. bishops face in their ministry, Pope Francis shared with them his...

Pope Francis Arrives in U.S.

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis introduced himself to President Barack Obama and all people of the United States as a "son of an immigrant...

Pope Begs Governments to Act to Stop Anti-Christian Persecution

  VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "Do something to put a stop to the violence and oppression," Pope Francis asked the international community after calling attention...

Contemplate, Give Thanks, Protect: Pope Francis Prays for Creation

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Leading prayers for the safeguarding of creation, Pope Francis prayed that people would learn to contemplate God in the beauty...

Wisconsin Woman Bypasses Teaching Career to Minister to Girls in Swaziland

  MARSHALL, Wis. (CNS) -- There aren't many women in their mid-20s who would give up a teaching career and move to a southern African...

Church Supports Indians on Nationwide Strike

  NEW DELHI (CNS) -- The Catholic Church in India supported some 150 million workers on a nationwide strike that shut down factories, banks, traffic...

Summer Mission lets Young Adults Focus on Faith While Serving Others

SALINA, Kan. (CNS) -- Ten years ago, Father Gale Hammerschmidt, then a seminarian, said he had no idea what to expect from Prayer and...

Just One Smile From a Loving Family can Warm Coldest World, Pope says

  VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The smile and love of a family can light up the world, bringing warmth and hope to communities that have...

Serra’s legacy complicated by practices, conflicts of his time

By Nancy Wiechec and Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif.  -- People with ties to the California mission system see the canonization of its founder...