News Briefs

News Briefs

Catholic Feminist Sees Beauty of Marriage and Pitfalls of ‘Gospel of Me’

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Helen Alvare is a law professor at George Mason University, a consultant to the Vatican and the U.S. bishops on marriage...

Saint’s Relics Found in Rubble of Church Destroyed by Terrorists

By Gaby Maniscalco Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY -- The relics of Syrian Saint Elian, which originally were thought to have been destroyed by members of...

Supporting Equal Rights for all Must Include Right to Life, says Bishop

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- One of the country’s top African-American Christian leaders and head of fifth largest Protestant denomination in U.S. urged more than...

Pope phones theologian for favor: to prepare him, Curia for Easter

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis phoned a noted Italian theologian to ask him for a “favor” to help him and Vatican officials prepare...

God has a Weakness for Humble Hearts, Pope says at Audience

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) – While the prayer of a proud person isn’t strong enough to reach God’s heart, the...

Pope Offers Prayers for Orlando Victims of ‘Terrible, Absurd Violence’

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis offered prayers for the families of the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida,...

Prayers of the faithful, not clergy, can make miracles happen

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The prayers of the faithful, not the pope, bishops, priests or nuns, have the power to make miracles happen in...

Maronite Patriarch, Visiting Syria, Urges Christians to hold onto Faith

TARTUS, Syria (CNS) - Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, visiting Syria, urged Christians to hold onto their faith. “Withstand with your faith and values, hold...

Reverend King’s Words on Nonviolence Need to be Lived Today, Speakers say

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) – The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s support of nonviolence to bring about social change applies as much...

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...