Pope extends special Year of Mercy provisions on confession

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Acknowledging and sharing God's mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said.


Cardinal Dolan urges stronger effort to stop physician-assisted suicide

WASHINGTON (CNS) – The chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities has called for increased efforts and "renewed vigor" to stop legalized physician-assisted suicide after the practice was approved by voters in Colorado and the District of Columbia City Council.


Pope calls new cardinals to be agents of unity in divided world

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church's 17 new cardinals must dedicate their lives to being ministers of forgiveness and reconciliation in a world — and sometimes a Church — often marked by hostility and division, Pope Francis said.