USCCB president urges special prayers for pope's 50 years as a priest

Pope Francis

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic faithful across the United States are being invited to pray for Pope Francis as he celebrates 50 years as a priest.

Adoption offered gift of life; reunion 46 years later an unexpected gift

Matt Davis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) — Thanks to the courage of a teenage birth mother and the work of Catholic Charities of Tennessee, St. Henry parishioner Matt Davis received the greatest of all gifts: the gift of life, and a loving adoptive family.

Immaculate Conception is feast of hope for sinners, pope says

firefighter puts wreath on statue of Mary

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Mary, conceived without sin, is a "masterpiece" who reflects "the beauty of God who is all love, grace and self-giving," Pope Francis said on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.