Stemming the exodus: How Fr. Vasko is working to protect the Christian presence in the Holy Land

FORT WORTH — It’s a crisis that rarely makes the headlines. Every year, 300 Christian families leave the Holy Land to escape the unemployment, poverty, and lost opportunities caused by systemic discrimination. If the trend continues unchecked, Church officials predict in 50 years, Christianity may disappear from the very place where it began.


For Catholic astronauts, flying to space doesn't mean giving up the faith

WASHINGTON (CNS) — On the International Space Station there's a place, while filled with robotic equipment, where astronauts like to hang out. Called the Cupola, the small module has seven large bay windows that give crew members a panoramic view of Earth.


Mother Teresa's postulator shares insight on her 'dark night of the soul'

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — There are many things about Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta that could be called heroic — her tireless service to the world's marginalized and her courageous witness to millions of what it is to live the Gospel, just to name a couple.


Samaritans at south Texas parish bring joy, comfort to sick, elderly

LAREDO, Texas (CNS) -- Delfina Flores loves Tuesdays. On that day, she puts on a bright pink shirt and heads to her church, San Francisco Javier Mission in Laredo, and meets a group of 10 women in pink shirts.


Amid prayer and fear, Muslim refugee family thanks pope for help

ROME (CNS) — Walking in a crowded Rome neighborhood with his prayer beads wrapped around one hand, Hassan said, "You must write: Big thanks to the pope because he helps my kids — really."