Pope recognizes miracle needed to declare Mother Teresa a saint

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, thus paving the way for her canonization. Pope Francis signed the decree for Blessed Teresa’s cause and advanced three other sainthood causes Dec. 17, the Vatican announced. Although the date for…

Pope’s U.S. visit: Six full days in September and the impact continues

December 16, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis’ U.S. visit — Sept. 22-27 — was so full, “each day was like a week,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Any one of his public events would have made the trip worthwhile, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, but he…

In Peace Day message, pope addresses death penalty, debt, migrants

December 15, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called for abolishing the death penalty worldwide, lifting the burden of debt on poor nations, global aid policies that respect life and revamped laws that welcome and integrate migrants. He urged individuals, communities and nations to not let indifference, information overload or pessimism discourage them from…

Science and faith: Bridging the gap through education

December 15, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Creationism vs. evolution, scientific method vs. ethics, science vs. faith, the church’s censure and rehabilitation of Galileo Galilei. For centuries, there have been countless confusion and arguments pitting science against faith as if they were two opposing forces. In the hopes of dispelling lingering myths and misunderstandings, one…

Pope to visit marginalized communities in Mexico in February

December 14, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will visit some of the most marginalized communities in Mexico and seek to bring hope to a country deeply suffering from crime, corruption and inequality when he visits in February. The Vatican announced Dec. 12 details about the pope’s Feb. 12-17 trip to Mexico, during which…

Pope Francis will venerate Mary at Mexico shrine next year

December 14, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) –- On the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope Francis announced that he would travel to the Marian shrine in Mexico City and pray to Mary so that Christian communities “may become oases and rivers of mercy.” “To ask her this, in a strong way, I will travel…

Time for forgiveness has begun, pope says as holy doors open worldwide

December 14, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With the opening the Holy Door at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Pope Francis declared that the time for tenderness, joy and forgiveness had begun. As holy doors around the world were opened at city cathedrals, major churches and sanctuaries Dec. 13, the pope said this simple…

Climate activist, once a negotiator, lobbies for change in Paris

December 12, 2015 PARIS (CNS) — She’s been sidelined and downgraded, but climate activist Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron has refused to be silenced. The stakes, she said, are just too high. “I am in Paris because I know it is a very important moment in the world’s history … for humanity itself,” Nera-Lauron said near the…

Mexican nun wins nation’s top human rights award

December 12, 2015 MEXICO CITY (CNS) — A Catholic nun was awarded Mexico’s top human rights award Dec. 10 for her work with the families of missing persons. Sister Consuelo Morales, a member of the Congregation of Our Lady: Canonesses of St. Augustine, has advocated for and accompanied families whose loved ones disappeared in violence…

Pope reaffirms new annulment reforms as they come into effect

December 11, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As reformed rules for marriage annulment cases came into effect, Pope Francis said the new norms are to be adhered to in order to help bring healing to failed marriages. With the release of two papal documents in September, the pope rewrote a section of canon law with…