Pope Francis: Clergy in Middle East must be the 'last among the least'

VATICAN CITY – Christians in war-torn areas of the Middle East must never be far from priests and bishops in their country so they can feel God's closeness in the midst of suffering, Pope Francis said.

Jesuit program goes to 'the margins' to bring education to refugees

WASHINGTON – Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Education at the Margins offers a mixture of online and in-person educational opportunities in service of people who have been displaced because of political turmoil, violence and other crises throughout the world.

Pope tells NFL legends he backs a ‘different’ kind of football

VATICAN CITY – It may not have been his kind of "football," and he may not have much use for his new helmet, but Pope Francis welcomed a group of NFL veterans and told them their sport has "virtues."

Faith: Special bond unites fraternity of priests

The priests of the Diocese of Hamilton gathered recently for the Mass of Christian Burial for one of our priests, Fr. Philip Sherlock.

Pope accepts early resignation of Vatican's first independent auditor

VATICAN CITY – Just two years after being hired to help with the Vatican's efforts in finance reform, Libero Milone – the Vatican's first independent auditor who answered only to the Pope – handed a request for his resignation to Pope Francis.

Pope Francis to visit Chile, Peru in January 2018

LIMA, Peru – The Holy See Press Office announced Monday that Pope Francis will travel to Chile from January 15 to 18 and Peru from January 18 to 21, 2018.

Eucharist is reminder of God's love, call to unity, Pope says

ROME – The Eucharist is a tangible reminder of God's love, and receiving Communion is a call to work to build the body of Christ by loving others and shunning all that sows division within a community, Pope Francis said.

Charting change: Vatican statistics track church health indicators

VATICAN CITY – The health of the Catholic Church can be measured in many ways, and the Vatican has a special office just for that purpose.

New child protection experts graduate from Rome's Jesuit university

VATICAN CITY – Before students were presented with their diplomas in safeguarding minors, they each received a logoed mug as a memento of their time in the Centre for Child Protection's intensive program at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Former attorney professes first vows as cloistered Dominican nun

MENLO PARK, Calif. – Tara Clemens was an Anchorage, Alaska, attorney, and an evangelical Christian who joined the Catholic Church during her last months of law school.

Mental health has a spiritual element, Holy See reminds UN

GENEVA, Switzerland – The Holy See's representative to the United Nations appealed Wednesday to the Human Rights Council to couple psychological treatment with spiritual care.