'Mother of Mercy' beatification in Kenya draws tens of thousands

VATICAN CITY -- Massive crowds attended Saturday's beatification of early twentieth-century Italian missionary, Sister Irene Stefani, who was known as “mother of mercy” to the Kenyan people she cared for. Pope Francis remembered the new blessed during his Regina Caeli address on Sunday in Rome, recalling how the member of the Consolata Missionaries had served the Kenyan people “with joy, mercy, and tender compassion.

DC Cardinal: Christ didn't change his words, and neither should the Church

Washington (CNA) -- It is not discrimination for a Catholic to publicly profess his faith, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington insisted Sunday in a pastoral letter on “Being Catholic Today.” He stated, “It has become increasingly acceptable to disparage as bigoted and mean-spirited anyone who seeks to uphold fundamental truths about the human person that have been recognized throughout history.”

Blessed Romero 'another brilliant star' belonging to Church of the Americas

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) -- Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped, and some always knew it would. On May 23, the Catholic Church beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop killing innocent civilians.