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."

Day of prayer aims to begin restoring peace to U.S. communities

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Prayers for peace at Catholic schools and parishes around the country Sept. 9 are meant to "build relationships and plant seeds in people's minds and hearts" said Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Emmylou Harris heads concert series to benefit Jesuit Refugee Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Emmylou Harris, who has won more than a dozen Grammy awards during a 45-year career singing country music, is heading up a series of concerts this fall to benefit Jesuit Refugee Service.