On 'Mercy Friday,' pope visits women rescued from prostitution

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Continuing his Year of Mercy practice of going one Friday a month to visit people facing special struggles, Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to a community helping 20 young women get their lives back together after being rescued from prostitution.


Woman recalls journey from suffering after abortion to forgiveness

GREENSBURG, Pa. (CNS) — Back in 1974, a year after abortion was fully legalized in the United States, Katherine White was enjoying her senior year of college. Her parents were proudly anticipating her graduation; she would be the first college graduate in the family.


'How did this happen?' triple jumper asks God after making Olympic team

SILVER SPRING, Md. (CNS) — When Thea LaFond, a parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Silver Spring, found out she would be headed to the Olympics, the first thing she did was thank God and ask: "How did you do this, God? How did this happen?"


Denver man rides cross-country for persecuted Christians in Middle East

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Skip Rodgers was driving to Mass on a peaceful Sunday, admiring Denver's snow-capped peaks glinting in the morning sun, when he realized it could all be different.


World record-holder swimmer still says 'a prayer — or two — before any race'

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Four years ago, at age 15, swimmer Katie Ledecky won Olympic gold in the women's 800-meter freestyle.