Christian girls who barely escaped ISIS credit Mary for their safety

KIRKUK, Iraq (CNA/EWTN News) — Seven young women credit the Virgin Mary for their safety after spending a harrowing eight hours hidden underneath beds while Islamic State group fighters used their room as a hideout during an assault.

Pope expresses shock over cruelty waged against innocent Iraqis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As a military operation in northern Iraq fights to wrest control of areas held by retaliating Islamic State forces, Pope Francis criticized the "cruelty" and heinous violence waged against innocent civilians.

Final resting place: Vatican releases instruction on burial, cremation

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Professing belief in the resurrection of the dead and affirming that the human body is an essential part of a person's identity, the Catholic Church insists that the bodies of the deceased be treated with respect and laid to rest in a consecrated place.