At first, it all seemed rather simple and straightforward when Dennis Smith decided to head to Guatemala as a lay missioner.
A key U.S. bishop is calling on the United States to aim for a cease-fire in Syria, echoing sentiments expressed by Pope Francis.
Pope Francis and Jordan's King Abdullah II reaffirmed that dialogue is the "only option" to end the conflict in Syria, just as the United States and its European allies consider launching a military strike against the regime of President Bashar Assad.
The two leaders met for the first time Thursday at the Vatican. The pontiff and the king, accompanied by his wife, Queen Rania, talked in private for 20 minutes.
According to an official Vatican statement, during the meeting "special attention" was given to Syria's "tragic situation."
A priest who died of cold and hunger in a communist prison will be beatified as a martyr in Romania.
The sanctity of Msgr. Vladimir Ghika has "given us an important new example of a life lived for church and faith," said Archbishop Ioan Robu of Bucharest, president of the Romanian bishops' conference.
Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes, was scheduled to celebrate the Aug. 31 beatification Mass in Bucharest's Romexpo exhibition center.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle joined thousands of Filipinos to protest the government's misuse of public funds and to call for the abolition of discretionary funds.
Churches and other Christian properties around Egypt had already been looted, so when Catholics in Berba were tipped off that their southern village could be next, they acted fast.
They and other Christian leaders got on their phones and called their Muslim friends, neighbors and colleagues who all had the same message:
A disgraced Scottish cardinal halted a plan to allow independent investigators to examine church child abuse files, said a retired archbishop.
The backlash against Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt comes as forces across the Middle East are rising up in opposition to political Islam.
Irish Catholic politicians and Parliament members who voted for a controversial law that allows abortion under certain circumstances will not be excommunicated or denied Communion.
Muslims and Christians in the Egyptian town of Luxor are afraid to leave their homes, and many are running out of food.