World needs women, not for what they do, but who they are, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The exploitation of any person is a crime, but the exploitation of a woman "destroys harmony" in the world, Pope Francis said.


Initiative helps Texas Catholic school survive, draw more Latino students

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (CNS) -- A small city located 90 miles east of Houston, Port Arthur was once a thriving city thanks to the local oil refinery, but economic changes have left the area with an unemployment rate more than twice the national average.


A Joyful Sound: How a worship band is using music to build bridges between communities

PILOT POINT — Ask Vince Lujan what sparked his interest in music and he travels back in time to a peewee football field in Spring, Texas.


Tear down this wall: Ecumenical week focuses on overcoming division

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – When a group of German Christians was asked in 2014 to prepare materials for the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, their choice of a "wall" as a symbol of sin, evil and division explicitly referred to the Berlin Wall.


Actor did St. Ignatius' spiritual exercises to prepare for priest role

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Actor Andrew Garfield underwent the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, as part of his preparation for playing a Jesuit priest in Martin Scorsese's new film, "Silence."