Fatima seers are holy because of virtue, not visions, says Portuguese cardinal

VATICAN CITY – As extraordinary as the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, nearly 100 years ago were, the sanctity of the shepherd children did not hinge on their having seen Mary, a cardinal said.

An empty tomb and a bodily resurrection: why it matters

WASHINGTON – Catholics and other Christians have grown up believing in the Resurrection, but the Apostles themselves were among the first who were skeptical that Jesus arose from the dead.

Prayer cells still a vital part of World Apostolate of Fatima

WASHINGTON – Millions of baby-boomer Catholics grew up hearing the phrase "Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima" in their churches and Catholic schools.

Bishop Crosby: ‘Easter offers a reality that is full of joy’

The following is the Easter message released by Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Good Friday papal preacher: Victory belongs to one who triumphs over self, not others

VATICAN CITY – Jesus came to the world not just to teach, but to radically change human hearts that have hardened from sin, the preacher of the papal household said during a service commemorating Christ's death on the cross.

Roman Missal calls Easter Vigil 'mother of all vigils' for a reason

WASHINGTON – The Catholic Church pulls out all the stops for the Easter Vigil, the Mass celebrated on Holy Saturday.

A new birth and living hope is offered to all

Second Sunday of Easter, April 23 (Year A) Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

God’s power was revealed in the early Christian communities in dramatic ways. Why then and not now? How did they make it happen?

Resurrection is a reality on every level

Believers and non-believers alike have been arguing about the Resurrection since the day Jesus rose.

Pope at Chrism Mass: Never separate truth of Gospel from its joy, mercy

VATICAN CITY – Always preach the whole truth of the Gospel with humility and respect and never be afraid to offer that truth just "one sip at a time," Pope Francis told the world's priests.

Violence only benefits ‘warlords’ who profit off bloodshed, says Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY – Violence is not the way to fix a broken world, rather it only benefits a handful of "warlords" who profit off of human bloodshed, Pope Francis said.

Vatican stamps mark Pope Benedict's birthday, Fatima apparitions

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican stamp and coin office has big plans for early May: the release of stamps marking retired Pope Benedict XVI's 90th birthday and important events in the life of the church spanning almost 2,000 years.