Articles by Katherine Long






Contemplate, give thanks, protect: Pope Francis prays for creation

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service   VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Leading prayers for the safeguarding of creation, Pope Francis prayed that people would learn to contemplate God in the beauty of the universe, give thanks and protect all life. During an evening celebration of the World Day of Prayer…


For Year of Mercy, pope extends possibilities for absolution

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service   VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In an extraordinary gesture for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion and has decreed the full validity during the year of the sacrament of…



Eleven cardinals urge maintaining church rules on marriage

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service   VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Eleven cardinals, at least four of whom will participate in the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October, have urged fellow church leaders to maintain the church’s rules regarding marriage and strengthen Catholic education about marriage and…