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.

True Christian charity is more than just making donations, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While donation campaigns and charitable contributions for the needy are important, true Christian charity involves a more personal touch, Pope Francis said.

Pope canonizes seven saints who 'fought the good fight of faith'

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The seven new saints of the Church were holy not because of their own efforts but because of "the Lord who triumphs in them and with them," Pope Francis said.