Sainthood cause formally opened for former slave who served Denver's poor

DENVER (CNS) -- Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila Dec. 18 formally opened the sainthood cause of Julia Greeley, a former slave who spent her days caring for the poor, during a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver.

This is how Pope Francis will celebrate his 80th birthday

Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) On Saturday, Dec. 17, Pope Francis will celebrate his 80th birthday, which he will spend doing what he normally does: offering Mass and meeting with various heads of State and members of the Roman Curia.

Cultivating true Christmas joy in a materialistic culture

Eighty-one percent of 18- to 25-year-olds surveyed in a Pew Research Center poll said “getting rich” was their generation's most important or second-most-important life goal. In a culture based so much on money and acquisition, young people can easily develop a materialistic mindset that puts possessions at the center of life.

What do you say to a homeless person? Advice from Catholic urban missionaries

DENVER, Colo. (CNA/EWTN News) ­— It’s a common sight at a city intersection. A man or a woman holds a cardboard sign: “Homeless, Hungry. Please Give. Anything Helps.”

Watch the new Christmas music video released by the Dominican friars

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — If you are itching to welcome in the yuletide with Christmas carols, a new album released by the friars of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. might just be the holiday tune you’ve been searching for.