National / International News

National / International News

Cost and conscience – why more Christians are ditching health insurance for this alternative

WASHINGTON (CNA) — The youngest of James Lansberry’s nine children almost didn’t survive his birth. Born with no heartbeat, he was resuscitated and spent 11 days in the neo-natal intensive care unit. The medical bill was over $200,000.

Swiss Guard recruits pledge to protect the pope with their lives

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With their left hands clutching a standard and their right hands raised with three fingers open symbolizing the Holy Trinity, 23 new Swiss Guard recruits pledged to "faithfully, loyally, and honorably" serve and protect the pope and, if necessary, sacrifice their lives for him.

Without Holy Spirit, people risk being 'armchair' Christians, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Without letting the Holy Spirit lead his or her life, a person risks being just an "armchair Christian" who recites "a cold morality" without actually living out the Gospel, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.