• Pope visit to Central America highlights church ministry to migrants
    GUATEMALA CITY — When Pope Francis visits Panama this week, he arrives not only as the first Latin American pontiff to visit Central America but as perhaps the world’s most prominent advocate for migrants at a time when migration has become a pressing political issue in the region and elsewhere. ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Sonia Perez D. and Maria Verza
  • What’s known, and unknown, about pope’s abuse summit in February
    ROME/WASHINGTON, D.C.  –  When presidents and other representatives of the world’s nearly 130 bishops’ conferences gather in Rome next month for a summit on clerical sex abuse, many experts are predicting it will be the most-covered Vatican event since the last papal election in 2013. Whether the gathering lives up ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín Christopher White
  • Latin American Church to take center stage at World Youth Day in Panama
    PANAMA CITY — As Latin America plays host to World Youth Day this week, it will once again serve as a reminder that the global south is fueling Catholicism worldwide. While Panama may be the actual location of the weeklong Vatican-backed youth festival, much of Latin America and the Caribbean ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christopher White
  • Togo bishops: Clergy can’t be indifferent to nation’s suffering
    YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon – Togo’s bishops say they “cannot stay indifferent” to the crisis engulfing the West African country. The bishops issued their statement at the conclusion of their Jan. 7-11 general conference which took place in Kpalimé, about 75 miles north of the capital Lomé. Since 2017, Togo has been ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Crux Staff
  • For this pope, speaking Spanish is like taking a shot of steroids
    ROME – Almost from the beginning of the Pope Francis era, foreign trips have captured the pontiff at both his best and worst. They showcase his tenderness and closeness to the people but also illustrate his stubborn, maverick nature, at times kicking up a storm of dust and leaving his ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Elise Harris
  • In Iraq, there’s life for Christians after Islamic fundamentalism
    ROME – When Cardinal Patriarch Louis Sako presided over the episcopal ordinations of the new Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, Najib Mikhael Mousa and the new auxiliary of the country’s capital, Bishop Robert Jarjis, on Jan. 18, the message seemed clear: There’s life for Christianity in Iraq after ISIS. “As you ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • USCCB education secretary is used to thinking outside the box
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mary Pat Donoghue, the new education secretary at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, knows that Catholic schools have to be creative not just to compete, but sometimes to survive. She knows this firsthand because she’s been there. As a former principal of a Catholic elementary school ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Carol Zimmermann
  • Louisiana Catholic school features full-sized saints in every classroom
    INDEPENDENCE, Louisiana — St. Padre Pio, St. Teresa of Kolkata and St. Michael the Archangel are among the saints keeping a close watch over students at Mater Dolorosa School in Independence. The wall-sized images and their words adorn the back of every classroom as part of a multi-phase revitalization plan ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Bonny Van
  • Diocese apologizes for students’ actions
    COVINGTON, Kentucky — Marcus Frejo, a member of the Pawnee and Seminole tribes who is also known as Chief Quese Imc, said he had been a part of a march and was among a small group of people remaining after the rally when the boisterous students began chanting slogans such ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press
  • Vatican knew of Argentine bishop misconduct
    ORAN, Argentina — The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis had taken naked selfies, exhibited “obscene” behavior and had been accused of misconduct with seminarians, his former vicar general told The Associated Press, undermining Vatican claims that allegations of sexual abuse ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press
  • Pope widens digital presence with new prayer app profile
    ROME – Pope Francis on Sunday announced that he has created a profile on a new prayer app, saying the internet and social media are prime places both to build relationships and community, and to pray together. In his Jan. 20 Angelus address, the pope noted how his message for ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Elise Harris
  • Pope prays for peace in Colombia after police academy attack
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has prayed for peace in Colombia after the Bogota bombing at a police academy. Francis told faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday that he wanted to assure the Colombian people of his closeness after the “grave terrorist attack” on Jan. 17 that claimed 21 lives. ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press
  • Artist creates Divine Mercy windows for Nebraska church
    FREMONT, Nebraska — With colored glass and paint, Ken Eldridge tells ancient Bible stories to modern-day people. Eldridge is a stained glass artist for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont. For years, the local man had donated his time to create or restore stained glass windows for the parish. Last ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Tammy Real-McKeighan
  • Rumors of the death of detente with traditionalists may be exaggerated
    As expected, Pope Francis on Saturday formally abolished the “Ecclesia Dei” commission, ending its over thirty-year run as the Vatican’s primary forum for relations with the Society of St. Pius X, founded by the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and the broader traditionalist galaxy in the Church. First reported by ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.
  • Argentine housekeeper captures pope’s vision of ‘poor church for the poor’
    ROSARIO, Argentina – Ever since his election to the papacy almost seven years ago, Pope Francis has called for a “poor Church for the poor,” one that gets out of the sacristy to find people where they are, an Iglesia en salida. For many, understanding what he means by this ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín