Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

WASHINGTON – In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday – celebrated March 1 this year – leaves a mark.

#Ashtags: When posting Ash Wednesday photos, use your head

WASHINGTON – Ash Wednesday seems to offer contradictory messages. The Gospel reading for the day is about not doing public acts of piety but the very act of getting ashes – and walking around with them – is pretty public.

Christians get social media, other online tools to observe Lent

For centuries during Lent, Christians have sought to grow closer to God through praying, fasting and giving to the poor.

Promote life by protecting, sharing clean water, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and a key component in protecting human life, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis: creation is a sign of hope – we have to take care of it

VATICAN CITY – On Wednesday Pope Francis said creation has often suffered because of humanity’s sins and failings, stressing that we must take care of it because as Christians, we see signs of hope in Christ’s Resurrection in nature every day.

Toronto family tells their story of migration directly to Pope Francis

A Toronto family had the chance to take centre stage during an audience with Pope Francis at the VI International Forum on Migration and Peace in the Vatican Feb. 21.

Vatican's new health charter goes beyond patient-doctor relations

VATICAN CITY – When updating the Catholic Church's medical and bioethical charter, experts decided it wasn't enough to aim the guidelines at health care professionals.

Did you know Mother Teresa experienced visions of Jesus?

VATICAN CITY – Even her friend of more than 30 years, Father Sebastian Vazhakala, did not know Mother Teresa had conversations with and visions of Jesus before forming the Missionaries of Charity.

Special Olympians show world that 'every person is a gift,' Pope says

VATICAN CITY – The athletes of the Special Olympics witness to the world the beauty and value of every human life and the joy that comes from reaching a goal with the encouragement and support of others, Pope Francis said.

Catholic theologian urges closer ties with Russian Orthodox

OXFORD, England – A prominent Catholic ecumenist has urged a better understanding of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Complete collection of Fr. Freitas' columns on prayer and praying

This is the completely collection of Fr. Frank Freitas' four-part series of columns about prayer and praying that originally appeard in the print edition of The Catholic Register.