Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying Rosary for quake victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who died Aug. 24 in the earthquakes that struck the region, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service.

Phoenix communications manager, author named to USCCB public affairs post

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Judy M. Keane has been named director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Public Affairs, effective Sept. 12.

Catholic mission set up to bring God to hipsters

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The gray robes worn by the Conventual Franciscan friars may not be fashionable in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, but the religious men appear to be fitting in just fine in the heart of "hipster" country.