'Amoris Laetitia' is built on traditional Thomist morality, Pope says

VATICAN CITY - Seeing, understanding and engaging with people's real lives does not "bastardize" theology, rather it is what is needed to guide people toward God, Pope Francis told Jesuits in Colombia.

'Share the journey,' embrace migrants, refugees, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – Christ calls believers to welcome migrants and refugees "with arms wide open, ready to give a sincere, affectionate, enveloping embrace," Pope Francis said, launching the "Share the Journey" campaign of Catholic charities around the world.

Worst sin is doubting God waits for all sinners to convert, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – The worst sin of all is not trusting in God's infinite love and not believing that God is always waiting for his sinning children to return to him, Pope Francis said.

Recognize God's presence, be open to solace he brings, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – Christians must learn to expect and recognize God's consolation and hold dear the peace and tranquility it leaves behind, Pope Francis said.

Vatican, former Vatican auditor give differing accounts of resignation

VATICAN CITY – The first person to serve as the Vatican's independent auditor said he was forced to resign after opponents of Pope Francis' financial reforms mounted a campaign against him.

Commitment means killing off demons

In his autobiography, Eric Clapton, the famed rock and blues artist, writes very candidly about his long struggle with an addiction to alcohol.

Pope, Bolivian bishops discuss rise of 'parallel' churches

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis urged the bishops of Bolivia to faithfully guide their flocks as breakaway groups comprised of former priests and seminarians are gaining ground in the country.

Pope praises Rome's first interreligious half-marathon

VATICAN CITY – After thousands of runners completed the first ever "multireligious" half-marathon in Rome, Pope Francis praised the initiative, which was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Faith: It’s never too late to ask for God’s mercy

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 24 (Year A) Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145; Philippians 1:20-24, 27; Matthew 20:1-16

We often search high and low for something precious that we cannot find. Convinced that it has been lost or stolen, we might even replace it. Then, lo and behold, we find it in the most obvious place, sometimes staring us right in the face.

Faith: Fruitfulness defines true success

There’s a real difference between our achievements and our fruitfulness, between our successes and the actual good that we bring into the world.

Faith: Forgiveness is not an option: just do it

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) Sept. 17 (Sirach 27:30- 28:7; Psalm 103; Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18:21-35)

Anger, wrath and resentment can poison the mind, body and soul. They can make people miserable and unhappy, or even ruin physical health. Left unchecked, these emotions can destroy families, work environments, societies and even peace between nations.