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Mass in sign language? Over 20 Spanish priests celebrate it every week

May 4, 2016

In the Catholic Church, the spoken language is central to the liturgy: we recite the Nicene Creed as one, we... Read more

Altar inside the Snow Chapel. Courtesy of St. Albert the Great University Parish.

What does an 'Ice Mass' look like?

Feb 11, 2016

When snow falls on the campus of Michigan Tech University, Catholic students don't stay boarded up in their dorm rooms... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday 2015.

Pope Francis: when you say 'love,' do you really know what it means?

Jan 8, 2016

By Elise Harris

Love was the center of Pope Francis’ second daily homily after taking a break for Christmas - he said the word... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates New Year's Day Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God on Jan. 1, 2015.

Pope: Humanity seeks God, and the Magi show us where to find him

Jan 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

In a restless age when humanity fails to find the answer to their continuous searching, the Magi who go out... Read more

Screenshot from video of three-year-old Rafael Freitas.

Preschooler whose 'celebration of Mass' went viral dies of cancer

Nov 20, 2015

A young Brazilian boy whose solemn reenactment of the Mass drew hordes of online traffic has passed away after nearly... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Canonization of St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII April 25, 2014.

Pope Francis: let yourself be transformed by the Eucharist

Aug 16, 2015

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis said that the Eucharist is no mere symbol, but is in fact the true body and... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12, 2014.

Pope Francis: Sundays are a gift from God – don't ruin it

Aug 12, 2015

By Elise Harris

Moments of rest and celebration were the focal point of Francis’ Wednesday general audience, during which he spoke out against... Read more

A bishop and a priest exchange the sign of peace during Mass.

Stop chatting during the Sign of Peace, says Brazilian bishop

Aug 11, 2015

The sign of peace during Mass is not a time for congratulations or small talk, but a prayerful time to... Read more

Ennio Morricone.

Oscar-winning composer pens Mass for the Pope

Jun 12, 2015

The musical settings of Ennio Morricone are more likely to be heard at a movie theater than a church, but... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Feb. 18, 2015 general audience.

Pope Francis' daily challenge: Who will you follow – God or the world?

Feb 19, 2015

By Elise Harris

In his homily Thursday Pope Francis said that every day we are faced with choices between good and evil, and... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Oct. 29, 2014 General Audience.

Pope: Spend a lot of time looking in the mirror? You might be a narcissist

Jan 9, 2015

By Elise Harris

In his homily Friday Pope Francis cautioned against the narcissism of those who close their hearts out of fear, insecurity... Read more

Pope Francis at Christmas Mass at St. Peter's Basilica the evening of Dec. 24, 2014.

Pope Francis: Christ's birth more powerful than history of sin

Dec 24, 2014

By Ann Schneible

The birth of Jesus – a light that shattered the world's darkness on Christmas night – witnesses to God's love... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Thanksgiving Mass for Canadian Saints François of Laval and Marie of the Incarnation on Oct. 12, 2014.

Pope: Jesus weeps for those who prefer comfort over conversion

Nov 20, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis said that the Gospel scene in which Jesus wept for Jerusalem’s closed heart... Read more

Pope Francis meets with seminarians from the Pontifical Roman universities on May 12, 2014.

Pope Francis – Do you have what it takes to be a good priest?

Nov 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on the qualities needed to be a true minister of God, saying... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in the World Cup Staduim of Daejeon during his Mass for the feast of the Assupmtion on Aug. 15, 2014.

You can't serve others if you're lazy or controlling, Pope says

Nov 11, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily on Tuesday Pope Francis said that Jesus’ service to others has no boundaries, and warned of those... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on June 4, 2014.

Hearing God's voice is hard if you're self-absorbed, Pope warns

Nov 4, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily on Tuesday Pope Francis cautioned not to be too self-reliant, saying that this attitude can lead to... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful at St. Stanislaus parish in Rome on May 4, 2014.

The devil is no myth – he's real and we must fight him, Pope says

Oct 30, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis said that the devil is more than and an idea, and in order... Read more

Pope Francis meets with students in Paul VI audience hall on May 31, 2014.

Pope Francis: Our names are in the heart of God

Oct 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his mass on Thursday Pope Francis encouraged attendees to pray to God by praising him, saying that remembering the... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Austro-Hungarian cemetery in Fogliano Sept. 13, 2014 to pray and pay a tribute to the fallen on the battlefield during WWI.

War ruins God's creative work, Pope says

Sep 13, 2014

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis warned against the destructive indifference towards our brothers and sisters that arises from ideologies of war during a... Read more

Pope Francis meets with students in Paul VI audience hall on May 31, 2014.

Pope Francis: Love doesn't care if you're ugly or beautiful

Sep 9, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily at Mass on Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke about the love of Christ for his Church, noting how... Read more