Pope Francis is seen holding his rosary during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 24. Pope Francis put aside his prepared remarks and led a recitation of the rosary for Italy's earthquake victims. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via EPA) See POPE-AUDIENCE-ITALY-QUAKE Aug. 24, 2016. Editor's note: For editorial use only.

IMAGE: CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via EPA By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After a strong earthquake struck central Italy and with the early news reporting many deaths and serious damage, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience Aug. 24 into a prayer service. While the pope and some 11,000

IMAGE: CNS photo/Jonathan Bachman, Reuters By Richard Meek BATON ROUGE, La. (CNS) — Water lapped at the heels of Father Michael Galea, steady rain an arduous reminder of Mother Nature’s unfinished business. With a sadness in his voice, Father Galea, pastor at Holy Rosary Church in St. Amant, estimated that

IMAGE: CNS photo/Robert Duncan By Cindy Wooden ROME (CNS) — Blessed Teresa of Kolkata was a woman who truly felt wed to Jesus, and the freedom she experienced in loving him led her to radical poverty, a courageous outreach and an immense love for the poor, said the superior general

By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When nonviolence is the basic approach of political decisions and public policy, it promotes the restoration and consolidation of peace, the Vatican said. In his message for the Jan. 1 celebration of World Peace Day, Pope Francis will offer reflections on the

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