Pope thanks circus performers for bringing joy to often dark world

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Meeting with acrobats, clowns, carnival workers, street performers, musicians, and magicians, Pope Francis thanked the artists for bringing beauty and joy to an often dark, sad world.

The sacrifice of Chiara Corbella: 'Yes, Enrico, the Cross is very sweet'

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — In a testimony at the Vatican’s Jubilee for the sick and disabled, the husband of the late Chiara Corbella Petrillo — who died after rejecting medical treatment in order to save her unborn child — spoke about his wife's joyful faith in the face of terminal illness.

This man was 9-years-old when he saw John Paul II get shot

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — Thirty-five years after Saint John Paul II was shot in St. Peter’s Square, a witness from the front rows of the security barricades says that the now-canonized pope offers an example — and a challenge — of forgiveness for children who witness violence.

This Saint Bernard just met Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — While Pope Francis might have chastised animal-lovers who treat their pets better than people in last week’s general audience, that didn’t stop him from giving a good pat on the head to Magnum — the Saint Bernard with VIP access to Wednesday’s audience.

Iowa mother, 89, relishes her caregiver role for disabled 63-year-old son

VICTOR, Iowa (CNS) — Verabeth Bricker entered motherhood in 1949 without a clue that she'd still be changing diapers 67 years later. The third of her six children, David, 63, has a developmental disability and requires hands-on care and patience.