A pious friar becomes Saint Junípero Serra

WASHINGTON -- Even for a bustling metropolis like Washington, D.C., used to massing vast throngs at innumerable city-wide gatherings, this was unique. In the past the U.S. capital had welcomed victorious new presidents, beribboned military heroes, and record-shattering athletes. But at this spectacle the crowd focused on a humble Franciscan friar, Junípero Serra, who had simply answered God’s call to preach the Gospel. 


Chefs working at a 'different level' cooking for Pope Francis, homeless

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Cooking for 1,900 people, no problem. Cooking for the pope? Now that requires extra care. Chefs Michael McDonald and Irshaad Ellis-Bey say they are up to the challenge.


The famous popemobile: Pontiffs have hit the streets in style

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- There's perhaps no other signature vehicle in the world more well-known than the popemobile. Tall and boxy or sleek and chic, it's the one white ride that always catches people's eye, mostly because of the special passenger waving inside.


Mission parishioner describes her lifelong devotion to Franciscan friar

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. (CNS) -- When Pope Francis announced in January he would canonize Blessed Junípero Serra, the announcement surprised people.


Nine things you missed from Pope Francis' time in Havana

HAVANA, Cuba (CNA/EWTN News) - In an intense Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated on Sept. 20 a Mass attended by 200,000 people in Havana's Revolution Square, visited Fidel Castro, improvised two speeches, and was welcomed with affection by the Cuban people. Here are some details you might have missed while he was in “the Rome of the Caribbean.”