In a new video, Pope Francis urges compassion for refugees, people on the margins

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis called for greater compassion for refugees and marginalized people less than a week after President Trump ordered a temporary immigration ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

There is light even in darkest of places

These winter days, in the “ordinary” time from Christmas to Lent, can be tough.

It’s up to us to choose the way of life

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 12 (Year A) Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37

We are free, but freedom can be frightening. With freedom comes responsibility, and humans are masters at fleeing from this and making excuses for their failures.

God’s power is found in His powerlessness

The French novelist and essayist Léon Bloy once made this comment about God’s power in our world: “God seems to have condemned himself until the end of time not to exercise any immediate right of a master over a servant or a king over a subject. We can do what we want. He will defend Himself only by His patience and His beauty.”

Drop off your baggage with prayer (Part 3 of 4 about prayer)

This is the third in a series of four columns by Fr. Frank Freitas about prayer and praying. (Here's part 1, part 2 and part 4)

German bishops say the divorced-and-remarried may receive Communion

COLOGNE, Germany – The German bishops have published their own guidelines on Amoris laetitia allowing, in certain cases, for divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Communion.

'Amoris Laetitia' not up for personal interpretation, says Vatican's doctrinal chief

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican's doctrinal chief said some bishops are interpreting Pope Francis' document on marriage and family in a way that is not in accordance with Catholic doctrine.

Cardinal Tagle: Many Western nations forget their countries were built on migrants

BEIRUT – Many Western nations forget that their countries were built on migrants, said the president of Caritas Internationalis.

Pope Francis to the laity: go out and evangelize, or buy mothballs

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – When asked in a new interview what specific mission he has for the laity, Pope Francis responded with a frequent appeal: to go outside of oneself and take risks in evangelizing, rather than staying stuffed up at home while the moths move in.

Culture alone cannot be blamed for drop in vocations, Pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – While there is a need to evangelize a culture that tells young people money equals success and commitments aren't forever, stopping the "hemorrhage" of people leaving religious orders also requires changes from the orders themselves, Pope Francis said.

French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray's retirement means the end of an era

VATICAN CITY – As Cardinal Roger Etchegaray leaves Rome to retire to France, his homeland, an era has closed.