Catholics in Congress: one-third of House, one-quarter of Senate

WASHINGTON (CNS) – The religious makeup of the 115th Congress is significantly Christian – 91 percent – with Catholics comprising one-third of the House of Representatives and about a quarter of the Senate.


Pope to bishops: Defend children from abuse, protect their dignity, joy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Stand up and protect children from exploitation, slaughter, and abuse, which includes committing to a policy of "zero tolerance" of sexual abuse by clergy, Pope Francis told the world's bishops.


New Year calls for courage, hope; no more hatred, selfishness, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Whether the new year will be good or not depends on us choosing to do good each day, Pope Francis said.