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A child is lifted to come into contact with the glass case containing the body of St. Padre Pio in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 6. The bodies of St. Padre Pio and St. Leopold Mandic were brought to Rome at the request of Pope Francis for the Year of Mercy. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PADRE-PIO-LEOPOLD Feb 6, 2016 and PADRE-PIO-LEOPOLD-MERCY Feb. 4, 2016.

Open God’s heart with prayer, pope tells Padre Pio Prayer Groups

February 7, 2016 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Praying is not like taking an aspirin, something one does just to feel a little better, Pope Francis told thousands of members of Padre Pio Prayer Groups from around the world. Prayer is not a business negotiation with God, either, the pope told more than 60,000 people gathered…

A guard escorts a hearing-impaired inmate down a corridor during a media tour of death row at San Quentin State Prison in California. This year several states are looking at legislative reform of the death penalty and some are considering repealing it. (CNS photo/Stephen Lam, Reuters) See WASHINGTON-LETTER-DEATH Feb. 5, 2016.

Death penalty limbo: Supreme Court, states give laws another look

February 7, 2016 WASHINGTON (CNS) — The death penalty in the United States is repeatedly getting hit by the pause button — which doesn’t mean it is going away anytime soon, but at the very least it is getting a second look by state legislatures, courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. This year, several states…

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