Pope expresses shock over violence in French church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another act of "absurd violence" added to too many stories of senseless violence and death, said the Vatican spokesman.

Vatican spearheads effort to get AIDS drugs to children -- soon

DURBAN, South Africa (CNS) -- The face of the AIDS epidemic has changed dramatically in recent years as scientists have created antiretroviral drugs that lower levels of the virus in the bloodstream, allowing those infected with HIV to live relatively normal lives.

St. Mary Magdalene is reminder of need for adoration, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians are called to be like St. Mary Magdalene, who adored Christ upon finding Him, an action that has somewhat lost its meaning in the Church, said Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.