Mafia crime is 'radically opposed' to the Gospel, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – Frequently an outspoken critic against organized crime, Pope Francis again came out with harsh words for those involved in the mafia and other criminal activities, which he said are “stained with blood” and go directly against the faith.

Vatican Museums open doors wider with mobile-friendly website, YouTube channel

VATICAN CITY – In an effort to share its masterpieces with even more people around the world, the Vatican Museums has established a YouTube channel and revamped its website to offer high-resolution images and mobile-friendly information.

Church must accompany couples before, after marriage, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – To ensure engaged couples are entering into a fully Catholic marriage and remain committed to their vows for life, they must be prepared properly beforehand and supported afterward, Pope Francis said.

Pope to Dominicans on 800th anniversary: Your good works give glory to God

ROME, Italy – Saturday Pope Francis encouraged Dominicans to persevere in their good works of the last 800 years, which have been like the “salt” and “light” of Christ, spreading the Gospel throughout the world.

The ecology of burial: Choices reflect beliefs about life after death

VATICAN CITY – In a craftsman's workshop on the edge of Rome's Campo Verano cemetery, two designers are working to revive what they see as a dying art: burial.

Working with Iraqi refugees stretches, strengthens priest's faith

MARKA, Jordan – Working with displaced Iraqi Christians has stretched and strengthened the faith of a priest who came to Jordan as a refugee.

Beatitudes hold the power to transform world

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 29 (Year A) Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13; Psalm 146; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Matthew 5:1-12

What if we were aware of an approaching disaster?

Taking our wounds to the Eucharist

Recently a man came to me, asking for help. He carried some deep wounds, not physical wounds, but emotional wounds to his soul.

‘Teach me to pray’ (Part 1 of 4 about prayer)

This is the first in a series of four columns by Fr. Frank Freitas about prayer and praying.

Pope Francis: Catholics, Lutherans must continue to seek common ground

VATICAN CITY – Although great strides have been made through 50 years of ecumenical dialogue, Catholics and Lutherans must continue to work toward becoming a full and visible sign of unity for the world, Pope Francis said.

Cardinal Caffarra defends issuing dubia over 'Amoris Laetitia'

BOLOGNA, Italy — The Church is in a state of "great confusion" over Pope Francis' exhortation on love in the family, said one of the four cardinals who authored the letter to the Pope asking for clarification of Amoris Laetitia.