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.”

Why Junípero Serra matters today

LOS ANGELES -- The upcoming canonization of Blessed Junípero Serra in Washington, D.C. — the first ever to take place on American soil — has generated, as I'm sure you know, a good deal of controversy. 

Evidence of missions' influence seen in places, people throughout California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) -- It's difficult to miss the mark that the missions have had on the Golden State. Evidence of their influence is seen in places and people throughout California.

Following in the footsteps of St. Francis, local TORs continue to build up the Church

FORT WORTH -- Walking in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular (TOR) are taking time during “2015, The Year of Consecrated Life” to rediscover their roots, evaluate their present work, and reaffirm their efforts in serving Christ’s Church going forward.