Pope Francis will meet slum-dwellers and powerful politicians, pay homage at a Marian shrine and celebrate at World Youth Day when he visits Brazil in late July.
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Minnesota businessman Cy Laurent remembers the moment the Holy Spirit lit a path for what would become his lay ministry, the Laboure Society.
In dealing with several serious issues confronting the Church and society today, "the only question is how you respond, not whether you should," said Helen Alvare at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held May 9 in Washington.
The head of the Vatican office promoting New Evangelization said that while he does not like the terms "Francis effect" or "Francis bump," it is true that "Pope Francis has touched the hearts and minds of many people."
Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned as archbishop after admitting to sexual misconduct, will leave Scotland "for several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer and penance," the Vatican said.
Worker advocates have turned to a new tool to educate low-wage employees about wage theft.
As part of ongoing efforts to promote transparency and chip away at the myths surrounding what is commonly called the Vatican bank, its new president announced it will have a website by the end of the year and will publish its annual report.
The Catholic Church needs to revive its loving and tender side, which gets lost when the Church becomes too serious, Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis asked Catholics to pray for their bishops and priests, asking God to help them be real shepherds who are poor, humble and meek.
Catholics can't put their faith on a part-time schedule or rely on it just for the moments they choose; being Christian is a full-time occupation, Pope Francis said.
If a person's prayer life is boring, that generally means that he or she is focused too much on the self and not enough on Jesus and the needs of others, Pope Francis said during his May 11 Mass homily.
Pope Francis holds a dove before his weekly audience
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