Pope praises bishops' guidelines on helping divorced, remarried couples

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis thanked a group of bishops in Argentina for providing their priests with concrete guidelines for implementing the section of his apostolic exhortation on the family about circumstances in which divorced and civilly remarried couples might eventually be allowed to receive Communion.

God specializes in second chances, NCCW convention hears

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — At an early age, Judy Hehr suffered sexual abuse. As a senior in high school, she lost her mother without warning to a heart attack. She spiraled into drug and alcohol addiction, battled an eating disorder, "broke every commandment," and contemplated suicide.

Retired pope says aging brings intense prayer, awareness of judgment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As he prays in his house in the Vatican Gardens and, especially, as he ages, retired Pope Benedict XVI said he finds many Scripture passages "more challenging in their greatness and gravity."