National / International News

National / International News

Pope will visit as pastor, not politician, says Washington cardinal

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis will make history during his visit to Washington in September, when he becomes the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress and he offers the first canonization Mass to be celebrated in the United States.

Cuba, U.S. visit set to be a busy trip for Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) -- Pope Francis’ itinerary while in Cuba and the United States confirms several highly-anticipated events including a special U.N. Summit and the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra. He is also set to meet with groups he frequently prioritizes: homeless, prisoners, and migrants.

Analyzing ruling's implications will take time, say Church officials

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Analyzing the ramifications of the June 26 same-sex marriage ruling for the Catholic Church at the national, state, and local levels will take time, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore. It has implications for "hundreds, if not thousands" of laws at all levels, and there is "a difficult road ahead for people of faith," he said.