Faith brings hope even at moment of death, pope says

VATICAN CITY – Christians can find hope even at the hour of death, which faith teaches is not a closed door but a wide-open passage to a new life with Christ, Pope Francis said.

Death penalty is 'contrary to the Gospel,' Pope says

The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, "is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel," Pope Francis said.

Pope praises 'beautiful, complex' diversity of Catholic Churches in India

VATICAN – Pope Francis on Tuesday said the variety of Catholic Churches and rites in India is a richness for the country that ought to be strengthened, and as a means of doing so, he expanded the reach of one of the country's indigenous Churches.

Christians are never bored - they persevere with love, Pope says

VATICAN – On Wednesday Pope Francis said Christians are never bored or hopeless, but know how to wait patiently – even when life is hard, monotonous or unclear – with the knowledge that after the darkness, there is always light.

Pets granted a little taste of Heaven

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Toronto was a zoo on the afternoon of Oct. 7.

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Franciscans killed in Guatemala

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of nine men and women, including a Franciscan priest who championed the land rights of farmers in Guatemala.

Pope pledges church commitment to fight child abuse online, offline

VATICAN CITY – Acknowledging how often the Catholic Church failed to protect children from sexual abuse, Pope Francis pledged "to work strenuously and with foresight for the protection of minors and their dignity," including online.

Eliminating any difference between sexes 'is not right,' pope says

VATICAN CITY – While societies must find a way to overcome the subjugation of women, pretending there are no differences between men and women or even using technology to change a person's sex is not the answer, Pope Francis said.

You can't change politics watching from a balcony, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY - On Sunday, Pope Francis said that we can’t improve our political landscape by observing and judging from afar, but that it involves personal involvement, which should always be done in a spirit of charity and helpfulness.

Cry for help is a sign of being truly rich

A number of years ago I attended a funeral. The man to whom we were saying goodbye had enjoyed a full and rich life.

Paul’s advice puts our mission in focus

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 8 (Year A) Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43

What does a song or poem about a vineyard say about Israel, God and Jesus?