To find Catholics who have left the church, start looking at the faces in the pews, according to a recent report.
Pope Francis made surprise visits Dec. 7 and 8 to people receiving medical care far from their homes, to a dozen intellectually challenged young people and to the staff of a major Rome newspaper.
Speaking on behalf of all adult Catholics, Pope Francis formally closed the Synod of Bishops by asking young people for forgiveness.
The Catholic Church and all its members must get better at listening to young people, taking their questions seriously, recognizing them as full members of the church, patiently walking with them and offering guidance as they discern the best way to live their faith, the Synod of Bishops said.
A 16-year-old peasant girl will be beatified as a martyr in Slovakia, seven decades after she was shot in front of her family for resisting rape by a drunken Soviet soldier.
Young Catholics are looking for a church that listens to their concerns, accompanies them in discerning their vocations and helps them confront the challenges they face, said a working document for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on young people.
Michael Haney’s journey to becoming Catholic hasn’t always been easy, but he feels the joy that is in this parish is unbelievable and fun to be a part of.
On April 13 and 14, the Regional V Encuentro will take place in Alexandria. It includes delegations from the U.S. church’s Region VIII, which covers all of Minnesota and North and South Dakota.
Micah Fleck, the April YAYA awards winner, blends her love of music with her love for the Catholic faith at the piano in her home parish of St. Elizabeth in Brennyville.