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Pope: God sent his son to show mercy to sinners, not punish them

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God did not send his son into the world to cast off the wicked but to offer them a path to conversion through mercy and love, Pope Francis said. Those who object to Jesus’ mercy toward sinners often create…



St. Teresa reliquary reflects her life, her works, priest says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At every canonization ceremony, people connected to the new saint carry to the altar a relic — often a bone shard from the new saint’s body. The relic presented at the Mass for St. Teresa of Kolkata was a few…



Pope proposes care for creation as a new work of mercy

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Calling for concrete actions that benefit human life and the environment, Pope Francis proposed adding the care and protection of creation to the traditional list of corporal and spiritual works of mercy. As a spiritual work of mercy, the…


Pope, religious leaders to mark 30th anniversary of 1986 Assisi meeting

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will join dozens of religious leaders — including Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury — and hundreds of their faithful in Assisi Sept. 20 to pray for peace.


Pope leads prayers for care of the earth, defense of the poor

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With psalms praising the marvels of God’s creation and prayers begging God’s help to end the selfishness that destroys the earth and harms the poor, Pope Francis led vespers for the Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. During…


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Missionaries of Charity Fathers find forgotten corners of Tijuana

By Brooke Binkowski Catholic News Service TIJUANA, Mexico (CNS) — The men trudged down the dusty road of an impoverished Tijuana neighborhood. The Sunday morning air was already arid and hot, but the small group was on a mission: They were heading to a tiny neighborhood community center, bearing lemonade,…


Garden program source of food, comfort for refugees settling in Kentucky

By Ruby Thomas Catholic News Service LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CNS) — After a long and tiring journey to get to their new home, many refugees being resettled by Catholic Charities of Louisville are finding hot meals waiting upon their arrival. The meals are prepared by students in Catholic Charities’ Common Table…