Gymnast keeps rosary — a gift from her mom — close when she competes

RIO DI JANEIRO (CNS) -- U.S. Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Simone Biles says when she travels, she sometimes takes with her a statue of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of athletes, and she also carries a rosary her mother gave her.


Mercy received must be mercy shared, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God's mercy is infectious and must be shared with others, Pope Francis said.


Patience hailed as a virtue at eucharistic congress' closing Mass

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Practicing patience can be a great virtue, said Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry of Chicago in his homily at the Aug. 7 closing Mass of the African National Eucharistic Congress in Washington.