Pope dedicates June to praying for end to arms trade

VATICAN CITY – In his latest prayer video, Pope Francis again issued a harsh condemnation of the arms trade, calling on global leaders to set personal interests aside and help to eradicate what for him is one of the greatest causes of human suffering today.

Restorers unveil frescoed chambers in the Catacombs of St. Domitilla

ROME – Under a mown hayfield, whose dried-out stalks crunch underfoot, lies the four-level labyrinth of the early Christian Catacombs of St. Domitilla.

10 years later, ’Summorum Pontificum’ hailed as instrument of unity

ROME, Italy – Ten years after Benedict XVI broadened access to the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, the document by which he did so is being hailed as a means of closing the rift of division following liturgical changes made after the Second Vatican Council.

Mali's first cardinal said to foster regional peace, understanding

OXFORD, England – Cardinal-elect Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, the first from the western Africa nation, will use his position to ease the multiple crises facing sub-Saharan regions, an aide said, despite new media accusations linking him to a financial scandal.

As school year ends, Pope tells students: Don't fear goodbyes, unknown

VATICAN CITY – Life is a long series of hellos and goodbyes, so don't be afraid to let go of the past; remember old friends, but keep moving and be open to the new, Pope Francis told students as the school year was coming to an end.

Safeguarding creation is religious obligation, Vatican officials say

VATICAN CITY – Christians and Muslims, believers in one God, have an obligation to safeguard the world God created, said the Vatican's annual message to Muslims for the end of Ramadan.

Martin Luther used medieval traditions to form his stance on justification

WASHINGTON – Martin Luther used two medieval traditions to form his position on justification – a stance that nearly 500 years later ultimately found acceptance among Catholics, according to a German Lutheran theologian and pastor.

Faith: Ceasing to believe is not the same as losing faith

When Friedrich Nietzsche declared that “God is dead” he added a question: What kind of a “sponge” does it take to wipe away the entire horizon?

Faith: Jesus is proof of God’s steadfast love

Most Holy Trinity, June 11 (Year A) Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9; Daniel 3; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18

Who is God? There is no shortage of talk, theories, books and adamant assertions about God, but what does God have to say?

Faith: Chiara’s story reveals a new meaning of joy

One day, my brother put a book in my hand. The book, a biography called Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness to Joy, appealed to me. I read it into the small hours of that same night.