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Ministries to divorced, remarried strive to echo pope’s call for mercy

September 22, 2014 WASHINGTON (CNS) — Divorce is never easy. From the realization that love has failed to feelings of shame and a tendency to assess blame, divorce poses an untidy conundrum for families even when a couple settles on an amicable legal separation. In the eyes of the church, a divorced couple remains married…

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, Albania

Survivors of Albania’s dictatorship give witness, move pope to tears

September 22, 2014 TIRANA, Albania (CNS) — Two survivors of Albania’s communist crackdown against the church brought Pope Francis tears with their stories during a vespers service in Tirana’s cathedral Sept. 21. “To hear a martyr talk about his own martyrdom is intense,” the pope told journalists on the papal plane back to Rome the…

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