• Chaplains work to uproot radicalization in prisons

    • May 21, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — With visits to detention facilities and washing the feet of the detainees, Pope Francis has placed renewed emphasis on the work of mercy of visiting prisoners. However, some see a growing urgency for the Church to be present in cell blocks not just as part of its

  • Dominicans aim to create U.S. version of Camino de Santiago

    • May 21, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — The idea of making a walking pilgrimage in the United States took root about four years ago when Dominican Fathers Francis Orozco and Thomas Schaefgen were studying together for the priesthood. They saw the movie, “The Way,” featuring Martin Sheen, who portrayed a father honoring his

  • Franciscan is on a quest for bones of Albania’s martyrs

    • May 21, 2016

    SHKODER, Albania — Human bones, old shoes and deteriorating priest collars fill cardboard boxes in the office of Franciscan Brother Vincenzo Foca, an Italian who lives and works in Shkoder. The “relics” belong to Catholics killed under Albania’s previous Communist, staunchly atheist regime, Foca explained to Catholic News Service on

  • Audit of bishops’ anti-abuse efforts warns of complacency

    • May 21, 2016

    WASHINGTON— An annual report on implementation of the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” warns against complacency, while a firm contracted to conduct audits of dioceses and parishes said there was “plenty of room for improvement” in implementing two of the charter’s articles. In remarks

  • Pope rules Vatican okay needed to launch diocesan religious order

    • May 20, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — Diocesan bishops must consult with the Vatican before establishing a diocesan religious order, Pope Francis ruled. The consultation “is to be understood as necessary for the validity of the erection of a diocesan institute of consecrated life,” said the rescript or ruling approved by Pope Francis April

  • Dublin prelate says pope will visit Ireland in 2018

    • May 20, 2016

    DUBLIN — Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin confirmed that Pope Francis, or his successor, will visit Ireland in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families. Martin confirmed that when he discussed the issue of visiting Ireland with the pontiff, Pope Francis said: “‘I will come’, and he said, ‘if I