God’s authentic message brings peace, joy, new and abundant life

Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 7 (Year A) Acts 2:14a, 36b-41; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:20b-25; John 10:1-10

The Spirit gives us the courage and strength to speak and act despite our fear.

All Christians share the bond of faith

The heart has its reasons, says philosopher Blaise Pascal, and sometimes those reasons have a long history.

In unexpected TED Talk, Pope urges people to make real connections

VATICAN CITY – While searching for a connection today often means looking for Wi-Fi, Pope Francis said real connections between people are the only hope for the future.

Why be afraid when God is always showing the way, Pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY – Christians always have hope, no matter how bleak, bad or uncertain the journey, because they know God is always by their side, Pope Francis said.

Pope makes donation to handicapped-accessible beach project

VATICAN CITY – An Italian association that runs and maintains a Roman beach for disabled people received an unexpected donation from Pope Francis.

Pope pays tribute to modern martyrs, calls for witnesses of God's love

ROME – The Christian church today needs believers who witness each day to the power of God's love, but it also needs the heroic witness of those who stand up to hatred even when it means giving up their lives, Pope Francis said.

Buddhists, Christians must help promote nonviolence, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY – Catholics and Buddhists must strengthen efforts to reject violence in all of its forms as well as to urge and educate people in a life of nonviolence, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Mercy is key to the life of faith, Pope says on Divine Mercy Sunday

VATICAN CITY – On Divine Mercy Sunday Pope Francis said mercy is essential in living the Christian life, because it not only allows us to understand ourselves and God better, but it also prompts us to recognize and help those in need.

Fatima at 100: Story of apparitions continues to attract attention

VATICAN CITY – While conversion and prayer are at the heart of Mary's messages at Fatima, Portugal, the miracles and unexplained phenomenon that accompanied the events 100 years ago continue to intrigue believers and nonbelievers alike.

How the Church determines a true Marian apparition

VATICAN CITY – When it comes to Marian apparitions, the Catholic Church takes a prudent approach that focuses more on the message than the miracle.

Persecuted Christians often choose strategy of survival, says study

WASHINGTON – A new study categorizes what kinds of responses emerge when Christians around the world are persecuted, noting that, most often, Christians choose a strategy of survival.